IÂ´m still in Germany and found a few minutes to leave an update. I hope Stephen has kept yÃ¡ll entertained with the punk duck.
Work is sort of sporadic here; thereÂ´s not much to do between tests, but the tests themselves can be long days. Tomorrow will be a very long day as the test starts at 6:30am.
It hasnÂ´t been all a chore though. We went on a nice boat ride up to Mosel from Bonn and had a lovely view of the German countryside. This would have been a nice 3 hour ride but after 6-1/2 hours I wanted off the boat. We finally stopped in a little wine country which would have been fun if any of the vineyards or wine shops had been open. Then we had to get back on the boat for another 4-1/2 hours back downstream. I wanted to jump overboard. HereÂ´s a picture of the boat and the website. Highly recommended if you love boats and are over 70 years old.
Today the meetings didnÂ´t start until the afternoon, so we decided to go lunch in KÃ¶ln (Or Cologne as Americans spell it). The idea was to visit the Schokoladen (Chocolate) Museum which was fascinating. They actually have an actual tropical rainforest room with cacao beans on one side of the museum and a chocolate factory on the other. DonÂ´t tell my wife, but I bought her some more chocolate so sheÂ´ll be set for a while.
But oh my goodness, what made the trip was getting off of the train and seeing the KÃ¶ln Dom (Cologne Cathedral). I wasnÂ´t expecting it, hadnÂ´t even heard about it, and stepping off the train and seeing it for the first time was absolutely awesome. Completed in 1332, itÂ´s the largest Gothic church in the world at over 3 acres under flying buttresses (I put that part in Â´cuz I know Sean likes flying buttresses) and its spires soar over 500 feet in the air. It was the tallest structure in the world for 500 years until the Washington Monument overtook it in 1884. I could have spent all day long here admiring the architecture. As it was, I only had about 1/2 hour to visit so if I have the chance IÂ´m going back.