Day Ten - Rothenburg
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It was a fairly tense conversation I was having with Katie Couric. She didnâ€™t seem to completely get it that sheâ€™s just not cut out for her job. Then the car horn beeped twice and my eyes flew open only slightly faster than my heart was beating. Then the edge of my sleeping bag was a grey blur in my vision and I jumped again because I thought Derik must be leaning over me trying to get my attention or to wake me up. Then I heard his steady snoring in the bag next to me and realized it was early morning. So I went back to sleep.
The next thing I knew, Derik was telling me it was 9 oâ€™clock. Apparently he slept very well, which is good - hopefully that makes up some for night before last.
I grabbed a shower and came back to our usual breakfast of cereal and juice, with the added luxury of a boiled egg now. Before we left the campsite, we thought we should check in with the online world. Our camp was supposed to have internet after 7am in the morning, so hopefully itâ€™s on by now. I cleaned dishes and the floor, while Derik went to get online. It was working fine, but when I set down to check e-mails, etc. it decided to quit working. So, after a conversation with the reception guy, he rebooted their end and everything was fine once again.
Time seems to move at a different speed when youâ€™re online and unfortunately I lost track of it. But between banking, e-mail, and work e-mail (which I should never have checked in the first place) it took about 40 minutes.
Rothenburg is of special interest and shouldnâ€™t be missed by any tourist. It is, according to our guide book, the best preserved walled city in all of
When Iâ€™d been here last January, there were very few tourists and the shops were mostly closed. As it turns out if you come at the right time of year, itâ€™s a shoppers delight as most of the city is open for business.
We meandered through the stores, and lost great amounts of time in the main Kathie Wolfhart Christmas store. I walked through 5 of them before my time here was done, but this main store is HUGE. Easily 3 times larger than it was in January, when they had built some walls part way back in the store so they could recoup from the Christmas drain in private. Fortunately, Derik was the only one to make purchases. In fact, aside from a glass of some fresh Apple Cider, I managed to escape Rothenburg largely unscathed.
Moving on down the street we followed a map Derik had and walked outside the city to a bridge and took some pictures back at the city. Then we climbed back up to the walls and decided to walk atop them for a while. This eventually brought us to a dead end in the direction we were going, so we wove our way around some other buildings so we could access the farthest point east. Looking at our watches, we realized we only had about 20 minutes to get back to our parking lot to put more money in so Arvie would be safe in our continued absence. I volunteered to take the short straw, since Iâ€™d been there before and headed off.
About the time I reached the main square and needed to start heading out of the old city, it occurred to me Iâ€™d need the keys to put our receipt on the dash.
Once I got there, our plan hit another snag as the ticket machine would only take one coin, despite the fact it easily took two previously. So, thinking that it was just that I had put a .50 euro coin in, I headed over to Arvie (conveniently parked at the complete opposite side of the parking lot) to see if I could dredge up another 2 euro coin. Not finding one, my last resource was a 5 euro note.
They spoke English and (eventually) were able to come up with change. I went back to the beastly machine and despite now having 2, 2 euro coins, nothing changed. It simply would not take that second coin. So I printed the ticket and frankly hoped that someone before me had jammed a number of coins in there and walked away frustrated, not knowing how to use it. But that wasnâ€™t to be my fortune either. I printed out a ticket for just one hour. So, I walked back across the lot to Arvie and dropped off the receipt and headed to the city center to meet Derik at the appointed time, which it already was.
5 minutes later, he was again waiting patiently and after briefing him, we decided to split up and meet back at Arvie at 3pm when our ticket ran out.
After a quick bite to stave off starvation, we began our drive towards
Arriving in Wittenburg we found a campsite for that nite, but they didnâ€™t take credit cards and we were short on euros, so we camped without electricity. After dinner we called it a night and crashed early.