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After Zurich we went to Freiburg in Germany for a couple of days. Freiburg, like Padova, is a town wrapped around a university and as such has quite a bit of activity going on. The town has little artificial canals/drains that have water pumped through them constantly. In former times this was an efficient German way of rubbish collection: into the drains, collected later. There is a market square with stalls selling various German sausages and more kinds of mushroom than I have ever seen, and in the middle of it is a monstrous gothic cathedral, swarming with gargoyles (some more tasteful than others) and built of dark, evil-looking stone. Even after all the cathedrals I have seen, this one stood out. Climbing the tower gives you a nice view and lets you in to see the bells. Up the hill is a lookout "which affords fine views of Freiburg and surrounds" as a guide book may say. On the final day there, Jimmy P and I climbed to the top of this, stopping on the way up and the way down at a proper German beer garden.

Between our two days in Freiburg, James, Simon and I had an excursion to the Black Forest, in particular the town of Titisee where we paddled a boat across the alpine lake, full of black water, making all the requisite naval and Trek jokes. Yelling 'ahoy!' at Germans in other vessels gets one a particularly German response: silence and looks of scorn tempered with mild pity. The Black Forest, as a hike through it proved, is named for it's thick canopy. This, dear friends, is where the eponymous cake comes from and where cuckoo clocks were refined to a fine art.

There will be more on these adventures (and pictures) to come.


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Aug. 3rd, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
Hey Paul!

Happy Birthday!!! We hope that you have a fantastic day and can't wait to celebrate your birthday with you when you get back!

A big birthday hug and a big birthday kiss!!

Love Allison and Mark xoxoxoxo

P.S: We will be sure to have a few drinks this weekend in your honour!

Have a great one :)
Aug. 3rd, 2007 08:45 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Cheers guys! I'm really humbled by all the messages that have been sent to me by various means. It's ace!

I spent the first few hours of my 27th year in a sleeper train carriage with aloof French tossers.

Enjoy your drinks, and happy birthday for the 19th (I'm 95% sure that's the correct date) Allison!

Aug. 3rd, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Hey dude, hope you have a good'un. Give those French tossers what-for.
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday!
Dude, I like the picture. Cheers.
Aug. 4th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday
Hay there you old lepricaun, hope you had a good brthdy and this year we actually remembered to get you a gift, pity you have to wait until you get back. he he he. Hope youv'e had plenty of birthday cheer.
Aug. 4th, 2007 08:54 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday
hey there ya old lepricuan, happy brfdy, actually remebered you this year, but you'll have a delayed celebration when you return. Have a few extra bevvies and we'll see you soon.
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Birthday
Thanks ;)
Aug. 5th, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
Ah, to be 27 again.
Aug. 7th, 2007 10:52 am (UTC)
Nah, 26 mate. 27th year.
Aug. 7th, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Should have known; it’s like that whole 1900s/20th century thing.

Not so good with numbers – hence biology.
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