Stuttgart - Day 2
Trip Start Dec 01, 2005
6Trip End Ongoing
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3:30am, got woken by this big German dude who was getting changed into his jammies. It wasn't a pretty sight.
5:15am, some dude on the top of a noisy bunk needed to take a leak. Climing on & off the bunk was not something anyone could easily sleep through.
7:30am, the dude on the top bunk leaves
9:30, got woken up by the big german dude snoring
There are some free chocolates at the checkout counter, and since it was unattended, I helped myself to 2 handfuls... shoving some into my pockets.
First stop, christmas markets again just before opening. Now this is more like it! It wasn't crowded at all, with a few people just setting up their stalls. I drop by the Altes Schloss museum. I was mistaken into thinking that this was a church, but it's actually a castle turned Museum.
Tip: When in a country whose main language isn't English, get an audioguide! I spent 1.5hrs in there. Some of the Christmas figurines and nativity setups were very cool. They also had this section with Christian statues, mostly of Jesus, but there were a few saints as well. I'm not sure if I'd seen it before, but I took notice now of the cut on Jesus's right chest, below his ribs (crucifixian). I'll have to find out what that's all about.
On coming out of the museum, I got caught in the christmas market crowd and did what every hungry little boy would do,.... hoed down on a 0.5m wurst + brotchen!
I walked towards the planetarium via some parks. The planetarium looked quite small, and anyhow, it was closed.
Went walking some more to keep warm. There was an antique market which I'd stumbled across yesterday, and which was not open today. It was a shame, because I wanted to buy some gifts from there, but decided against it yesterday thinking it was going to be open today :(
A bit more walking around the city, and by late afternoon I figured I'd try this Finnish smoked Salmon from the Finnish part of the market
This Canadian lady joined me a the table. She waas here with her daughter and her husband and her granddaughter, who was sleeping quietly in a pram in the corner of the tent. That smoked salmon was definitely very tasty - and I'd compare it favourably against one of the best salmons I'd ever tasted (in Tasmania). Well worth the expensive 7 Euro price.
We said our farewells, and I made for the airport after that. I got a bit lost around the terminals, and the check-in lady scrutinised me about my stay in London... a lot more than a UK Customs official would - quite weird.
I saw Ainsley at the lounge, and at that moment, regretted not asking his cousin Esmond about Stuttgart earlier (he has a chick that lives here). We had a talk about our weekend, and Ains chatted up this Aussie chick on our flight back home.
He caught the train, and I went on the bus home. I betcha I beat him home too, though he'll never admit it :)
I bought some cookies for the flatmates (11 euros worth). They were really nice :)
All in all, the weekend was nice. It was a good break away from London... though picking a place that was colder probably wasn't a good idea.
Till next time :)