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Croc Hunting in Bavaria


In one of those strange what-a-small-world moments, this weekend I heard a snippit on the radio about a massive search for a crocodile that was loose in Bavaria.  Having just been in Bavaria, I poked around on the internet this morning, and couldn’t believe what I found…  In one of those strange the-world-is-even-smaller than I thought moments, the “crocodile” was running rampant in the town of Schwandorf.  The same town, of a whopping 28,000 people, in which I had just been working.

Apparently undeterred by the fact that crocodiles don’t live in Bavaria, officials scoured the surrounding area for the offending reptile…  As it turns out, the threat wasn’t as dangerous as they had feared.

I couldn’t believe that driving up I-25 to meet my father in Loveland, Colorado, that I would ever hear news of one my tiny German host towns…  But I did.  And I got a chuckle out of it.  Maybe you will too…  Here’s a link to the article I found about Ze Germans doing their best Steve Irwin impressions, and what they actually found…

For days last week, officials in a German city deployed rubber dinghies, divers and even helicopters in search of an alleged stray crocodile. Now the authorities in Schwandorf believe the reptile was really just a beaver.

Ze Germans go croc-hunting.

Pardon the digression…

-B. Littleton

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The Stone Bridge of Regensburg


The rest of our day in Regensburg was spent strolling along, and across, the Danube river as it dissects the city.   I’m going photo gallery style on this one, which means no captions, but that’s ok.  I’ll fill you in now.

I guess the big stone bridge is named, creatively enough, Stone Bridge, and was built in the 12th century (that wikipedia article about the thing is pretty interesting).   Some buskers were kind enough to be excellent props in one of the photos.  And turns out German backpack technology is seriously lacking.

Click on the thumbnails to check out the gallery…

That’s all for Regensburg…  Up next, I’ll tell you about my last day in Germany, which was spent walking around Frankfurt.  And on Tuesday I’m off to spend the next 2 weeks of my life in New Orleans, and I’ll keep you posted about that as well…  Come back soon.

-B. Littleton

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Reconnoitering Regensburg


Last Friday, when all my German power plant shenanigans had finally come to their merciful end, Ms. Müller and I found ourselves  with a free afternoon in Bavaria.  I’d been told by several people in the area to take the 45 minute drive down to Regensburg if I ever got the opportunity.  Well, the opportunity presented itself, so we made the trip.

Yesterday, I showed you the cathedral in town.  Today, I’ll show you what we saw of the rest of the city on our entirely aimless little stroll.  I’ve ambled through more than my fair share of random German cities anymore, and for the most part, they’re pretty similar.  Big church.  River.  Beer Gardens.  Old shit.

What struck me about this place was just how old the shit was.  Many of the buildings were built so long ago that there wasn’t even room for your typical insanely narrow European street.  The ‘roads’ were 1 car wide, and were more often than not pedestrian-only walking zones.

These narrow alleys and the 3 or 4 story buildings that line them make for a pretty unique feel.  Cavernous seems too strong a word, but I guess it fits…  I guess I should just let you see for yourselves…

First of all, you are here. Southeastern Germany, in the heart of Bavaria.

I guess these here walls date all the way back to the Roman occupation.

See what I mean?  The city is so old all the ‘streets’ are more like sidewalks creating a maze of narrow little alleyways.

Pretty cool.  Incorporated the Roman stuff into the modern buildings…

This pigeon-toed dude is sporting some seriously kick-ass lederhosen.

Typical. Am I right fellas?

Cheese it. The fuzz.

Those eyes…

The town square.

Not far from Kaffe Dada where we stopped for a vegan dinner…

McDonalds… depresses me where I find these…

And here’s the Danube… Pretty stuff.

Tomorrow I’ll show you the pictures from the rest of our walk around town and along the river…  Quite a pretty place.  Come back and see it.

-B. Littleton

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