In today's post I'll cover: A couple of fun pictures, the story of a cultural moment, and an update on my travel status.
To start, here's one of the fun pictures. I met this hedgehog in Heidelberg. He wanted to come home with me, but was too big for my suitcase. I took a picture instead.
Hello again, Hedgie!
I've been trying to get to the gym while I'm here, to counteract all of the beer and cheesy, high calorie food. There is a sign outside the door of the pool/sauna/workout area that says, "Dear Guest! Swimsuits must be worn in all areas of the pool/sauna/patio area."
I was going to work out, and was wearing exercise pants and a t-shirt, not a swimsuit. When I arrived at the workout room, there was another guest exercising on the treadmill in their swimsuit. Odd, perhaps they meant that workout clothes should be one's swimsuit? This happened the next day as well - a woman was working out on the elliptical trainer in her swimsuit. I was feeling like quite a rule-breaker, wearing my workout clothes to workout.
The next day I read the sign again - just to make sure I read it right. Sure enough, wear your swimsuit. During the workout I had my cultural moment. I was on the treadmill, and noticed a woman carrying her towel, wearing a black swimsuit, and milling around outside the workout room. Then I saw her a minute later. She was wearing a towel and carrying her swimsuit. Gasp! Did I read that sign wrong! It's not that one must wear a swimsuit instead of workout clothes. It's that one must wear something.
Sure enough, when working out today, this was confirmed. Let's just say that I got to see WAY more of a few elderly Germans than I ever care to see of most people. After a couple of awful glimpses, I started to look in the opposite direction as soon as I glimpsed anyone walk by. Ewww....
As I mentioned before, my flight was cancelled for tomorrow. I've been re-booked for a flight leaving on Saturday. It's really not clear that flights will be going on Saturday. So far, the news seems to be that flights will go a couple of days early in the week, but be shut down later in the week.
To cover ourselves, my colleague and I have booked another flight, with a strange routing, to get out of here on Tuesday. If things don't go on Tuesday, I don't know what the next move will be. Who knows when this volcano will stop...
Oh, and to add to the joy - the hotel we're in is full starting tomorrow. And that full number doesn't include us. We had to scramble to find a new hotel, and ended up paying 100 euros a night more than we're currently paying. But at least we have a place to stay!
And to end this post, one more picture:
Anyone want me to bring this doormat home for them?