Porsche on the Autobahn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
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Trip End Oct 04, 2005


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Friday, August 26, 2005

Highlights of this entry:

Driving a Porsche on the Autobahn
Visiting a bombed out church
Checkpoint Charlie
Trip to Prague

25 August

If you were to ask me, before we left for this trip around Europe, what I was looking forward to the most, I would have told you driving a Porsche on the Autobahn. I am now a complete man. We woke up this morning, headed to Avis Rental Company (the only place where one can rent a Porsche), and hopped in a beautiful, silver, six speed manual, 911 Carrera. There's just something about driving one of the sportiest machines on earth, on a road without any speed inhibition, that really gets one's "motor running." Since there are concerned family members (and in-laws that wouldn't appreciate me endangering their daughter) who are reading this, I won't actually post my top speed. But Sara can attest that I did use safe driving skills (while blowing by every other little go-cart on the road). Thank God for Porsche and thank Him again for the Autobahn. If you want further details, email me at rage2k7@gmail.com (this doesn't apply if you are over the age of 40).

It was rather anti-climactic, but we followed that adrenaline rush with a trip to a bombed out cathedral that had been left in the same condition as it was immediately after WWII. The German governmant has left the cathedral standing as a testament to the atrocities of war and it now is located in the middle of Berlin's biggest shopping center. We then headed to Checkpoint Charlie (the main gate between East and West Berlin prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall). The museum there told the tales of daring East Berliners and their dangerous (but very creative) attempts at escape.

26 August

We headed to Prague, Czech Republic. It's very similar to some of the western European countries that we've been to (including the bad street performers, constantly ringing cathedral bells, and overpriced tourist attractions), but it has still managed to keep some of its old world charm (and it's stinking cheap!). We took a quick tour of an enormous castle complex, drank some good beer that cost less than water or coke, and had an authentic Czech dinner (goulash and dumplings). The weather here is perfect and it's nice to get away from the overcast/rainy days of Germany.

Upcoming events:

Trip to a cathedral made of human bones
Trip to Theresianstadt (the Jewish Paradise Ghetto)...another concentration camp
Austria

Until next time...
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girlsatbair
girlsatbair on

Don't forget the Bobble Head!!!
Hi Bill and Sara,

This is Gina and Kim with Bair. WE MISS YOU!!!!. Hope you are having a great time!! Bring back lots and lots of bobble heads!!!
Love ya,
Kim and Gina

billandsara
billandsara on

Re: Don't forget the Bobble Head!!!
Hey girls! Unfortunately, there has been a vast shortage of bobble heads this year in Europe due to the massive strike of bobble head makers all over the continent. Sorry, but I may not be able to deliver. However, I could be persuaded to pull some strings with the local authorities in order to procure said bobble heads, should an unnamed missing pen be returned to its rightful owner. Let me know! Miss you guys too and I'll see you when I get back.
Sara

rickbranstetter
rickbranstetter on

The Speed?
While I'm over 40, I do mentor young men who will want to know how fast did that Porsche go in MPH and KPH?

Dad: asking for Josh (age 14) and Matt (age 14)

rickbranstetter
rickbranstetter on

I'm over 40 but I still want to know...
I am guessing that you didn't kill yourself since you lived to write about your experience. It's like all those things you didn't want to tell me about your younger days. GET OVER IT! Driving fast must be a guy thing. I'm going for the chocolate...

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