Time goes so slowly
Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
54Trip End Jun 05, 2008
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In all Buchen was nice but really I stayed day too long. I will be two days in Heidelberg then we will see where I go.
At the train station I put my bags in the lockers because I am not meeting Moritz until 6.30pm. I squeeze them into the small locker as it is cheap, I unpack some of my belongings into my small bag, my makeup, my laptop, pay to pee and go to the Tourist information for my map of the city. It seems pretty straightforward how to get into the old part of town and I decide instead of paying 1 Euro to get down there to go on foot, wise move. I go to a small cafe and have a drink and a roll and find that I have free wireless internet access, unfortunately or fortunately I find I also only have about 35 minutes of life left on my battery, I bought my power plug with me but there is no where I can see to recharge it.
So I continue on my journey on foot. I make it down to the River it is beautiful, it is postcard perfect view with all little houses on the hills, quite old buildings and not too much out of place. I look across the River to where I will be staying on the hill on a place called Philosophen Weg, near the University. Apparently the view from this street is amazing.
I explore the city some more and then decide to go on a 50 minute boat cruise down the river. There are a few companies doing it but I decide to take the one that is a Solar Powered Hovercraft, it is emission free and runs almost entirely on Solar power, and it is a cool looking ship. The trip goes up and down the River and you get to see more of the picture perfect postcard views of the Castle and the buildings.
I walk back to the square where my host suggests that I get the bus from the station to and take the bus back to the station to collect my bags. The validator doesn't work on the bus so it looks like I can use the ticket for the return trip too! For some reasons my luggage seems heavier but then there are phases of heavy luggage it seems. I earlier in the day purchased one of those large foldable shopping bags like the ones you see with the stripes so that I can put some off my purchases in London in it and since I am allowed two check in bags it should be okay, its only for the trip to Australia and it is tiger print so will stand out and only cost me 2 Euro.
I follow the directions Moritz has given me and find myself at the bottom of Philosophen Weg, why is it that most couchsurfers live at the top floor of a building with no elevator or at the top of a hill. This time it is a huge hill that is very steep so I slowly struggle up it and find that I am only at number 2a, 3a is someway up. I catch my breath at the buzzer and ring, Moritz informs me to go up, way up, there are two sets of stairs so I look at the smaller ones and there is an open door, I shout hello and no one answers, I shout again and and I hear a voice from up the top of the hill. Ohhh travelling with such a backpack burden is surely a joke when you are given stairs like this.
I climb the three sets of stairs and am quite puffed. He shows me the view it is amazing. We then put my bags in the loungeroom where I will be staying and grab a bottle of wine and sit out the back and chat. When I asked to surf his couch at late notice he responded I was more than welcome but he had just had surgery so was a cripple but noticed from my profile I was highly independent and didn't need babysitting so offered me a room anyway. His roommates were abandoning him for the weekend so I offered to play nurse.
I hoped that he had been involved in some noteworthy accident and hadn't just slipped over the soap in the shower. He had been involved in a mountain bike accident on a very steep hill in the Heidelberg Hills, and although the bike hadn't hit him in the head he did brake his collarbone and had screws put in two days earlier.
We start chatting about his studying which is Philosphy and that he is going to change to Social work and Outdoor Eduacation. I told him how I worked for a company some years back that had people with those qualifications working with kids with cancer. He then informs me he is working as an intern for the only group in germany that does camps for kids with cancer. How freaky is that! The more we talk the more conisidences we find. He's a real sweetheart and at 7ft something (possibly a little under) he's a gentle giant with a heart of gold. In no time we bond and discuss travelling and couchsurfing (he has only hosted he hasn't surfed yet) and his disastourous trip to Australia. I apologise for our entire country but he was on a surfing holiday and didn't really plan all that well!
I always seem to forget what the time is and we realise its past nine so he suggests we go chop some vegetable and cook dinner together. Its a funny site seeing him injured and I try so hard not to laugh but he laughs about it aswell so no harm there.
We have dinner and some more wine and talk till about 11pm. He is tired as his medications kick in and we go to bed. Deciding to wake up at around 9am for breakfast together.
I get a text message a little before 1am from Konrad another host I was going to stay with in Heidelberg who wants to catch up for a drink in an hour, it is late I am in my jammies and I pretend I don't get the message.