Well, next week we’re off to Germany and Switzerland for two weeks! We both really need this… Critter is slaving away trying to get finished up with school so he can be rid of the UW forever, and I need something to shake me out of my ennui-fueled funk. I even bought a new digital SLR camera for the trip, since the one I have now is over three years old — in other words, it’s practically ancient. This one looks to be a huge upgrade though, so we’ll see how it performs when I point it at those beautiful mountains and buildings.
First we’ll be staying with his family in their little town of Wackernheim for a couple of days, then we’ll be taking a little road trip down to Neu-Ulm for two days with a side trip to Fussen to see some castles. Next it’s down to Bern for a couple of days with a side trip to Interlaken (and possibly a train ride up the Jungfrau to see the view and the ice museum). Might also try to visit the HR Giger Museum, it’s supposedly just a short drive from Bern. Finally we’ll end up in Berlin for 5 days (seeing a Kylie Minogue show there, woo!) and then it’s back to Wackernheim to catch our breath before flying home. I’m not really looking forward to the airport/border hassle, but at least Lufthansa now flies directly to Frankfurt from Seattle so we won’t have to stop in New Jersey for a 4-hour layover like last time.
And because I take boredom on long fights very seriously (plus I’m a gadget whore), here’s what I’ll be taking along:
- Nintendo DS with memory card loaded with games
- iPod with Bluetooth wireless headphones
- Cellphone (loaded with complete Harry Potter e-book collection…currently on Book 5)
- Camera & accessories
- Video camera (Critter will be using it)
- Video player loaded with movies & shows
- Pocket camera for concert
- Garmin GPS for car navigation
Amazingly I can get all those (except for the video camera) stuffed into my camera bag for carry-on. I wonder what it all looks like when it goes through the scanner?