Expected and Unexpected Farewells
Trip Start Dec 13, 2006
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It has been a while since our last entry, but we have accomplished many things in this time.
We had expected to say goodbye to many new friends in Nottingham, however we didn't expected to also farewell my Uncle Peter in Germany. On Saturday morning (21st July, day after finishing work in Nottingham) we received an email from my cousin saying that his father, my Uncle had passed away. This was sudden for dave and I, but I think he had not been well for a while. We had planned to fly into Germany on the following Thursday and the funeral was scheduled for the Friday (27th July). As my Dad couldn't be at the funeral (he is in Australia) I was glad to be there and represent my family.
Uncle Peter was really good to us when we visited Germany in December and was planning things for us to see on our next visit.
The last week in Nottingham was a mixture or sadness and excitment. Sad because there was many farwells - both work, church and also touch football/rugby. We also have touch football all figured out - they are going to find me a job at emda (where I worked in Nottingham) for the football season only and Dave and I will stay at each team members house for a week during the football season. Good plan don't you think?
I am surprised how quickly we settled in. And also exciting because it was the start on a huge 5 months of adventures and discovery in Europe.
On Tuesday we left Germany and went to Luxembourg, which was a six hour train ride away, with 4 changes. We have spent the last two days in Luxembourg and really enjoy it. It is apparently one of the most fortified cities in Europe and can certainly see why. The walls and towers are massive. We went through the casements (tunnels and caves in the walls where the had places for cannons etc) yesterday (There is actually 7 kilometers of them). Dave especially likes this city because he is into military history and all. The city in general is very beautiful, which many buildings dating back to the 1700s.
In the next few days we are planning to go to the Moselle Valley and back to a beatiful region near Viaden. We have found a place where we can hire a canoe to go down stream and swap it for a bike to cycle back upstream.
In Luxembourg it is actually illegal to have self - cooking kitchens like in Youth Hostels, so we have been eating out every night......its a hard life....Italian restaurant, glass of wine, free jazz or classical music in the town square.......
PS. Sorry about the lack of photos, there is no usb port in this computer