A bunch of frozen chickens running around Dusseldorf!
Dusseldorf Travel Blog› entry 5 of 5 › view all entries
OMG..it certainly wasn't any warmer in Germany and we were going to be freezing our tail feathers off all night! LOL. Sadly, our original reason for meeting up in Dusseldorf was to meet the infamous king of the chickens, Lauro, but due to important personal reasons, he was going to be out of town during this time. We had made the decision to all come to Dusseldorf anyways and hang out for the afternoon and evening.
While Brett and James were parking - I found part of the gang arriving! Soon all the TBs were present and accounted for..except for James and Brett who were still parking! LOL. I was very happy to meet new TB's and to see some very familiar faces, especially my little TB bro, Sebastian, who I had not seen since Los Angeles in June.
Soon, James and Brett arrived and we went around and did introductions, and off to do a little sightseeing we went. Brett was to fill in for tour guide Lauro but failed to remember some of the sculptures and sights they had previously seen so we heard things like "there's a statue of another dead German guy" Uhhhh, gee thanks! LOL.
As it was pretty much freezing already - we headed to one of Lauro's hangouts to try the local beer, which apparently has quite a rivalry with the area of Germany where Sebastian lives.
We hung out there for awhile and then headed on again to see more of the central area of town. We decided to grab a little nibble at a food stand since Lynn and gang hadn't really eaten after flying overnight and they were starving. Our dinner reservations weren't until 9:15pm so we thought a little Bratwurst was in order! My favorite thing (next to beer) when in Germany! After staging a few totally inappropriate photos there - it was off to sightsee a little more and realize we were still too cold to really continue wandering. We opted to hit a bar nearby which worked out perfect - we hung out in the back area (sorry to all the people who needed to use the bathroom though.
While hanging out, we decided to take a group photo and include something so Lauro knew we were thinking of him - they opted to spell out Lauro's name on the coasters and hold them in the pic. It came out awesome and it was our way of at least letting Lauro know he was missed and we really wish him nothing but the best and hope everything is ok.
Shortly before we were ready to leave, Thy, who lives in Dusseldorf arrived! Whew, Brett and his tour guide skills were no longer needed! Thy helped us hail a cab to get over to where dinner was supposed to be since Julie and Lynn were really freezing.
People started running around to the other restaurants to see if anyone could take a group of 18 and finally, a place a few of them passed called "Tucan's" was able to accomodate us all. Brett got very excited once he figured out it was a Brazilian BBQ place although we figured it would be much more expensive than the Mongolian BBQ spot.
We had a GREAT time at dinner. Food was excellent and enjoyed everyone's company. James was pretty funny as he'd had quite a bit to drink - thanks for the entertainment James! And not sure what michief was going on at the other table but I heard Sal and Sven laughing quite a bit and we had a couple interesting moments at the salad bar so I can only imagine! LOL
Hard to believe but it was already past 11pm and we needed to get going since the gang was incredibly jet lagged and it was showing. Plus, with the trunk monkey, we had to take him back and we wouldn't get home until almost 3am.
Thanks again for everyone who showed up - great to see everyone I already knew and meet a few new people - AWESOME TBs!!!