So far, I’ve been staying with Fred’s parents in the beautiful city of Karlsruhe.  Last night, we were all invited to dinner at an Italian family’s house, and I must say, if you have never been wined and dined by Italians, whether at a restaurant or otherwise, then you don’t know what you are missing.  They made some of the best pizza I have ever tasted, served some excellent beer and wine, and were just very friendly to talk to.  I think it is actually quite sad that we don’t have much of an Italian community in Corvallis.

This morning I got up bright and early (fighting through the ever-present jet-lag), and met with my German counterpart, Christian.  I had never met Christian before, but he happens to be one of Fred’s best friends in Germany, and the man looks suspiciously almost exactly like me.  He is probably just one of my clones.  He was very nice, and showed me the city of Karlsruhe, from the University, to the castle, to the shopping malls.  We got along great (probably because of the clone thing), and we walked around the city seeing the sights, and had lunch at a brewpub known simply as Der Vogel, which means “The Bird”.  There I had a Doppelbock Weizen, which is a very good tasting Hefeweizen, but rather strong, followed by a Pils, which they brewed themselves on location, and was just excellent in every way.  To eat, I had a Panierter Schnitzel mit Soße und Pommes, which was so good that I’ll be thinking about it all year.  I had a great time, and somehow the entire day just slipped by, before I knew it, it was 5 p.m. and I was back at Fred’s parents place for dinner.  Weisswurst and pretzels.  The food is so good in this country, I don’t even know how I get by in America.  It’s amazing.

Well, that’s all for now.  I’m not sure what’s going on tomorrow, but I’m sure it will be great and I better get some sleep.


KarenSeptember 8th, 2006 at 13:40

You’re not even mad! :)

FredSeptember 9th, 2006 at 14:13

Hey, Schnitzel is sächlich 😉

I am glad you and your clone got along well. Oh, and I am seriously more than jealous that you get all the good food there. I haven’t had anything more than delicious since a year. I am constantly hungry, so to say 😉

Christian R.September 11th, 2006 at 13:40

Hey guys! Dont talk about me as “THE CLONE”! I also have feelings! :-)

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