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When in Rome...

From the Trip: Fall for Germany

From: Jacqui

(December 15th, 2007)

Looks like I'm reading this a couple days late...oops. Oh well, I've been really sick these past few days, so you wouldn't have wanted to stay with me anyway. I hope someone else was able to help you! We should catch up sometime. Did you ever get my letter?

Modern Garbage

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From: Scott

(November 23rd, 2007)

I love you so much. You're hilarious.

toe pick!

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From: Scott

(November 23rd, 2007)

I LOVE that the first pictures I saw when I scrolled down to the bottom of your post were of the zamboni machines. I feel this sums up your general fascination with hockey.

ich bin ein Brusseler!

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From: Scott

(November 23rd, 2007)

I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GOT TO HAVE ABSINTHE! I ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE SOME AND NEVER DID. I had the chance to in Italy but wasn't aware of how much more refined it is. I love you. You're the best. Tell me aobut the chocolates. And the beer. Especially the beer. I LOVE belgium style wheat beers. They're tasty and often have fruit overtones. Did you like the UN headquarters? Want to work for them? I think you should!

ich bin ein Berliner!

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From: Scott

(November 23rd, 2007)

the tourists signing the wall look like hipsters. damn hipsters. call me. and I love your writing. you crack me up. you should be a journalist.

I admit it, i really love food.

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From: Jess

(November 5th, 2007)

yay for birkenstocks...those are the most comfy shoes. and berlin!! you will love it--it's an awesome city. all your german travels sound so exciting; hope everything is going well

From: Scott

(November 11th, 2007)

Hey Julie! I hope things are going well! Tell me about all your big adventures recently!

C.C., my dogs are tired!

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From: Scott

(October 24th, 2007)

Fun! Julie, I'm so excited for you! Taking a trip by yourself can be great! Is this art history paper easier or harder than Dowd's papers? I wasn't sure with how you worded it. Have fun!

From: Scott

(October 24th, 2007)

Also, I recommend Amsterdam instead of Brusels. Brussels is basically a government city that shuts down at night. Also, Amsterdam has a large collectin of van gogh and I hear nothign but good things about the city--its beautiful.

From: Jacqui

(October 24th, 2007)

Hooray for traveling (mis)adventures! I never made it to Stuttgart or Heidelberg, although I did plan on going to both (I ended up going to Munich instead, thanks to a suicide. Long story). The only place I traveled to alone was Lueneburg, and once I got there I met up with a friend to explore Hamburg. Isn't train travel fun? Brussels and Amsterdam are both dreadful cities. Although Amsterdam does have the Van Gogh Museum, it doesn't actually contain that many works by Van Gogh. And the whole city smells like pee. I don't know what Scott heard, but Amsterdam is the armpit of Europe; it is hideous and, with rare exceptions, historyless. If you do end up going, watch out for the S-bahns: the stops are confusing and the doors close violently without warning! As for Brussels, it is a step up from Amsterdam, but not by much. Everythwere you go, there are scores of poor beggars and gypsies who make you really uncomfortable. Downtown Brussels has some cool buildings, so that's a plus, and it's neat to people-watch and listen to all the different languages spoken. Otherwise Brussels is nothing special. If you want to go to Belgium or the Netherlands, I'd suggest spending a day in the big cities just to say that you've been there and then spending the bulk of your trip in other towns.

From: Grandma

(October 26th, 2007)

Julie, I'll bet your Guardian Angel is relieved when you are safe in your bed sleeping!!

Trier-i-o

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From: Jacqui

(October 17th, 2007)

Wow, your whole trip is on the exact same days as ours: September 2-December 12, with November 30-December 11 as the free travel dates. How strange! It's cool to say that you've been to the birthplace of Marx, but beyond that it's just like any other house-turned-museum. You really didn't miss much. You guys aren't going to Prague with AIB? Sad! It is pretty far away, but it's such a different place that most people found it worth it. I wasn't all that impressed. When you go to restaurants, everything seems so cheap until you realize that they charge you for stuff that is normally complementary, like bread. Still, there's cool stuff to see, like the bombed National Museum that the Soviets thought was a government building. I've never been to England, so I can't help you there. As for Rome and Florence, there are so many places to go that I can't list them all. Just get one of those little travel books and follow their suggestions. While you're in Florence, be sure to try some white bean soup. Consider staying at Hostel Archi Rossi; the walls are decorated with travelers' graffiti/artwork (look for mine!), the location is perfect, the price is reasonable, and both the internet and American-style breakfast are free. While in Rome, watch out for sleazy men and try not to get groped like I was!

From: Scott

(October 20th, 2007)

check out http://www.hostels.com/ btw. I found it helpful. There are a couple good hostel sites online, if you haven't discovered them yet.

Weinerschnitzel comes from Vienna

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From: Scott

(October 14th, 2007)

What hostel did you stay at?!?!?! I stayed in Vienna too! That's where I bought my awesome "Look" hat and my warm gloves. AND where I LOVED the trolley cars, and had coffee in a cafe. And saw this pretty sweet catacombs below a church. I totally forget to tell you these things before you went. It sounds like you had fun!

...but it's ok, really.

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From: Jacqui

(October 7th, 2007)

Can I get an AMEN!? The lack of refrigeration, ice, and in my case, cold SKIM milk, was one of my greatest complaints in Germany. Germans have all sorts of cool environmentally friendly technologies; can't they get more cold and cheap beverages? And I know what you mean about the veggies. Maybe you could pick some up at the Markt?

 

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