A weeks work (and general boredom) in Aachen.
Trip Start Feb 21, 2004
29Trip End Apr 26, 2004
My contact from head office, Dirk, picked me up and took me to my hotel, which was nothing more than a big brick box in the middle of a field. It was nice on the inside though! The day was spent in a dazed stupor wandering Aachen's beautiful narrow cobblestone streets, and being hit in the face by sweets thrown from kids on the floats, which were part of the Rosenmontag festival. After 3 hours sleep, I had a beer with Dirk, and then picked Pete (mate/work colleague) up from the train station, who I hadn't seen in 2 months, before grabbing a steak for dinner.
The week itself was pretty uneventful. We took a few hours off on the monday afternoon to participate in the Rosenmontag festivities, and freeze in the subzero temperatures outside! We had a few beers on the monday night at the hotel, and had dinner at Dirk's place with his partner Karen and gorgeous 3 week baby Lizzie on the thursday night. Friday night was the big game - Alemannia Aachen vs Greuther Furth! We donned our Aachen scarves (needed in the -5 degree temperature and snow) for the unfortunately boring game (0-0), but still had fun heckling the fool from Furth with the bleach blonde hair! Afterwards we joined Michael (work colleague in Aachen) for a pub crawl, and I eventually made it back to my hotel at 4:30am, drunk as a skunk, just 5 hours before I had to be on the train back to Cologne!