As I previously mentioned, on Sunday I flew into Germany for a couple of weeks of work. Well, one of the benefits of working for a tiny little company is that I generally get to book my own travel. And, our travel policies tend to be pretty lenient. I scored 30,000 frequent flier miles with United (more than enough to fly for free on their cheaper domestic flights) and got to decide when I left Denver, and when I arrived in Germany. With such freedom, I intentionally booked a flight that arrived in Frankfurt at 9:00 in the AM knowing I wouldn’t have to work until the next day. It’s about a two and half hour drive to my host city, so that left me an entire afternoon to play tourist without having to spend a penny of my own money, and without having to significantly screw up my own schedule.
So… I spent the afternoon strolling around Cologne (ok, so out here they spell it Koln, so I’m gonna go ahead and do that too…). Koln is home to the aforementioned Kolner Dom (Cologne Cathedral), an absolutely riveting cathedral that was actually the tallest man-made structure in the world for a few years upon its completion in the early 19th century. Apparently it cost better than the current equivalent of $1 billion and took better than six centuries to construct, and it shows (I learned that from the wikipedia article I just shared). And frankly, I don’t care how secular you might be, if you can walk through this place without contemplating the accomplishments of humankind, and our origins, then you clearly have a heart made of stone. I’m not exactly a hey-let’s-check-out-the-two-hundred-year-old-cathedral kind of guy, but in this case, I’ll make an incredibly notable exception. I challenge anyone to stroll the cavities of this place and not be moved. Anywho, Koln is also a city known for its shopping, night life, symphony and its proximity to the Rhine River which runs right through town. Having been to all of three cities of any substance in Europe (the others being Paris and Frankfurt), I highly recommend a visit if you’re ever in the neighborhood.
I also recently got a pretty sweet new camera (well, new to me anyway). It cost me way, way too much, but I bought it for just such an ocasion. So I put it to good use and took a crapload of pictures during my brief visit. And, as such, I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Sorry every English professor I ever had.
Well, enough fun playing tourist and telling you all about it. Turns out I have to work while I’m out here, and this guy has to be back in the power plant bright and early tomorrow morn. Until next time.