We just returned from a super quick trip to Germany. It was fun as usual - although there were quite a few complications along the way.
Highlights include among others:
playing "Demo Tourist" at one of the daily ASEM/G8 protests, visiting with friends at Anna's new bar Wildwechsel in Hamburg, attending the wedding of pre-pre-school (seriously) friend Cordula Ruffmann (now married to Soenke Voss), looking out over the fields and rivers of the ol' Heimat and realizing there is not a single person for miles and miles and miles, Torte and fresh strawberries in Haselau, and as always spending time with my family in our beautiful garden (of which I would love to include pictures but can't for reasons listed below*).
The bummers were:
the flight there, the flight back (with plane replacements and 5 hours delay), rainy Amsterdam, missing my dad's art opening (including the opening speech by the Hamburg Kultursenatorin Prof. Dr. Karin v. Welck), dealing with Orbitz.com's so-called "customer service" in Manila and Mauritius among other random call centers and therefore the inability to change our flights to stay a little longer --> WE WILL NEVER EVER BOOK THROUGH ORBITZ AGAIN! (this is not a bummer, this is just a result), * Scott's luggage getting lost on the flight back (there still is no trace of it!) with all of our chargers, cables, German tissues... and also as always: way too short of a visit with my family and not enough time to see all the friends.