Don’t get your hopes up though – this is just a filler post so this info doesn’t get lost in the minutia of the Belgium post I just made (be sure to check that one out too if you haven’t been here in the last, oh…. 2 months 😉 ). Just a heads up that Alisha and I are still doing great, and I still have lots to report and much more coming up. In the meantime, be sure to check out the photo galleries with the following updates:

  • Brussels Weekend – A weekend trip to Brussels, Belgium with some co-workers. See the full report in the previous post.
  • Giro della Toscona – I got to spend a full week with Alisha’s team in Tuscany, Italy acting as the team mechanic/driver. We had a great time and it gave me the chance to watch a 6 day road-race first hand, which I haven’t been able to do yet with my work and with Alisha’s busy travel/race schedule.
  • Oktoberfest – An extended stay in Munich wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the world’s most famous beer festival: Oktoberfest! I had the opportunity to make several trips, and will report on it later, but in the meantime enjoy the pictures.
  • Der Lange Nacht – This is certainly one of the more mundane photo-galleries so far, but what the hey. We partook in the annual Munich event Der Lange Nacht der M√∫nchener Museen (The Long Night of Museums), a night long tour where over 90 museums and cultural centers in Munich open their doors for visits using just one entry ticket.

Also coming soon to the photo-gallery are pictures from a weekend trip we just returned from to Lindau on Bodensee – a magnificant little island town on a lake (the “Boden-see” or Boden Lake) were we spent our one year wedding anniversary – October 23, 2005! We had a relaxing time. Well…. if you call a 5 hour ride spanning 4 countries “relaxing”, that is. But no – it was great, but next weekend is going to be even better for a belated anniversary trip. We’re taking advantage of a German public holiday next week (i.e. a free day off work) and are taking a long weekend trip to Paris for 5 days! We’re looking forward to it very much, and I’m sure we’ll have plenty to report, including pictures of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Moulin Rouge and more.

In the meantime, it is Fall in Bavaria. The weather is getting nippy and the fall colors are here. Actually, the weather in Munich is almost identical to that in Boone. Weather.com shows that Boone is about 2 degrees warmer in the summer and 2 degrees colder in the winter, so we feel almost like we’re at home. Even moreso than the weather, when you go down into the foothills of the Alps, the scenery is DSC03250amazingly similar to the North Carolina mountains. In fact, on a bike ride last weekend at the base of the Alps, Alisha and I were riding along a curvy country road with an old wooden split-rail fense on one side and bright orange and yellow leaves falling all around, and at the same time we both said “this looks so much like North Carolina”. If I had taken a picture, even a true Boonie would have had a hard time distinguishing that location from a spot on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

So, check back later this week for pics from Lindau, and maybe another post about Oktoberfest or something. Otherwise, we’ll be in touch after our Paris adventure!