Some observations & everyday stuff

Trip Start Mar 29, 2006
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Monday, October 2, 2006

MONDAY, 2nd October to FRIDAY, 6th October
 
 
During the week we paid for our tickets from Dresden to Paris at the rail station in Radolfzell and made a couple of trips to the library to check and send emails. I also tried to book the rail from Paris to London and London to Edinburgh. It was not easy.  The Eurostar seemed expensive as did the Scottish part. And depending on from where you were resident it changed dramatically. By the end of the week I had a much cheaper fair by indicating that we were traveling from Australia. Britrail quoted much higher fares than GNER...for the very same train!
 
I also made enquiries about the rail journey to Bern at Radolfzell but it was really too expensive, took far too long and we would have had to change three times. So much for my desire to see Einstein's patent office and the site of CERN.
 
I found another bookshop with some English books, discovered the Radolfzell gardens and checked out the times for the Singen bus. 
 
We went into Singen to book the car from Europcar. It was easier that doing it from Konstance. It was also cheaper than doing it via www.driveaway.  We planned to get a bus to Singen to pick the car up on the day prior to our departure. We emailed H and U to let them know about our early departure.
 
We spend a lot of time just lazing around the house which meant lots of typing, lots of reading, doing crosswords and sudoku and watching a lot of TV and DVD although we are limited to only a few English speaking channels. Now and then we find a German show in English such as DW (Deutscher Weller) which had alternate hours of English and German...but mostly news that we had already seen ad infinitum on BBC or CNN. We were very up to date with the world news...mostly of the bad or controversial kind. Where were the good news channels? We watched DVD's of Cleopatra, Dancing with Wolves, A Countess in Hong Kong and that Clooney/ Zeta Jones thing.
 
 
Have I mentioned the game show. Every night on "9 LIVE" an attractive young man or woman stands in front of the cameras and invites the viewers to phone in (or fax or sms) a word that relates to one that is written on a whiteboard behind him/her. They appear to offer large cash prizes. Thousands of Euros for the right answers but we just could not work out what the viewer had to do to earn that prize. Giving a word was not enough. Anyway that was not the attraction. These presenters were incredibly good at what they did and that was to talk incessantly at the camera trying to persuade the viewers to ring in. They never lost their cool, they never said or appeared to say anything negative and smiled all the time. Sometimes nobody would ring for 20 minutes and the presenter would just keep spruiking. The best part of all this scintillating TV is that late at night the lady presenters removed their outer clothing down to say a bikini or a very revealing mini. But they were totally nonplussed about it all. The very first time we saw the show there was this blonde in her two piece with huge boxing gloves on her hands ranting and raging in the nicest possible way trying to persuade all and sundry to ring and give a word starting with 'box...'. There were many, many calls but they could not get the words that were hidden behind 200 Euro notes pinned to the board. I still do not know what those words were and neither did the audience. How many words can there be that start with 'box...' All of this banter was in German of course but we were mesmerised by the energy expended by these German guys and girls.
 
I finished three Nick Hornby books and three Dan Brown thrillers and lots of Herald Tribunes. It rained again during the week with some unusually strong winds. Our neighbour was in again but no luck with the computer.
 
On Friday we went for a walk around Gaienhoffen, after paying the doctor's bill, in order to look at the shops and the lakeside and to give us some exercise if nothing else. We picked up some veggies at Izgang and continued on into Radolfzell. We had lunch in the main square...the favourite part of my day. We both had a toasted pide, ham and cheese sandwich and I had the most delicious milk shake.
 
We had tried out McDonalds on one of the previous days. You really would not know you were in a continent the other side of the world (apart from the language) because the burger range was almost identical and a bloody sight cheaper than the Swiss version. Considering the lack of red meat in this country they do an excellent Big Mac. I have only been to that establishment twice in the last six weeks. What is going on?
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