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Friday, April 28, 2006

Europe Trip Report – Day 1 – Fly to Munich via Heathrow

Ashley and I have been waiting for this day for quite some time. Shortly, we hop on a plane to return to Germany and specifically Heidelberg for the first time in 10 years (me, and 9 years for her). Heidelberg, Germany has a very special place in our hearts – we both studied there for a summer with Pepperdine University’s International Programs. In both of our cases, these were 16 weeks of experiences and fun that we will remember forever.

The reason for this trip is two fold. We have been considering returning to Europe for some time as a vacation. I was in Munich a few years back on business, but that is never the same. Also, this represents the 100-year anniversary of the house we stayed in while we were there – the Moore Haus – where Pepperdine is having a huge celebration. Everyone who stayed there at some time is invited back, in addition to the 10-year, 20-year, and 30-year reunions.

So, we leave tonight where we will start out in Munich (Munchen) for several days before heading up via night train (nacht zug) to Berlin, over to Heidelberg for five days, and finally going to New York City for six days on our way home. Very exciting, we are ready to go!

On an interesting note, we ran into couple we had not seen in a number of years, Matt & Nadine Semarau. Oddly enough, they are on the same flight as us that first takes us to Heathrow, on the other side of plane from us in the same section. They are going to London first, and then on a Mediterranean cruise – for a belated honeymoon. You never know who you will run into when you are at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).