Here are some pictures & notes from my trip so far:
We arrived in Germany late morning and checked into our hotel just before noon. Our task for the day: try to beat jetlag by staying awake until bedtime. To do this, we took a walk around the city, ate a nice, leisurely lunch, and had a cup of coffee. It was Starbucks coffee if you must know. I know, "that's so American." But hey, "Grande Latte" is the same in German as it is in English.
Here are some pictures from the City Center:
I managed to sleep all night (from 7:30pm to 5:30 am) - yeah! It was back to work early Monday morning. After a long day of meetings - interspersed with infusions of caffeine - our colleagues took us to a town outside of the city for dinner.
What a lovely place! The walls were built in the 1300's.
The restaurant we went to was just lovely
This restaurant also had an official greeter:
(a sweet old lady of 15 years)
2 other things the restaurant had:
- Spargel (white asparagus) - it's the beginning of spargel season so I chose the spargel menu. Spargel starter, spargel soup, and spargel as a highlight of the main course. I had rhubarb tiramisu for dessert. The food was fantastic, and very different from anything I'd have in Iowa...
- Great reisling. This region of Germany is known for reisling. We had sparkling reisling before the meal (wow was that good!) and a wonderful bottle of reisling with dinner. I'm not normally a white wine person, and I loved this!
Back to the office today for more meetings. We were on our own for dinner tonight, so wandered to a local pub for some goat cheese flammkuchen (like a flatbread pizza) and some local pilsner.