Friday, March 2, 2007

Potsdam - here I come!

Well I made it to Germany after many unplanned hours sitting on a plane that wasnt going anywhere. Midway during the flight from Dallas-Frankfurt I noticed the engines cut back and the plane turn slightly to the left. I immediately glanced at the gps flight map on my mini tv screen and noticed that we made a 180 degree while out over the Atlantic. It took the pilot about 1/2 hr before notifying us that there was a medical emergency onboard and we were going to dump fuel and make a detour to Gander, New Foundland. In Gander we ended up sitting on the tarmac in the middle of the night for over 4 hours. There was a lot of snow on the ground and fantasized that the skiing was probably really nice out there--too bad I was trapped on the plane. So anyway the flight to Frankfurt ended up being about 15 hours. In Frankurt, Lufthansa had us board the plane and then decided to do some maintenance and left us on the tarmac for about 2 hours before departing for Berlin. So it was nice to get here and get out in the fresh air.

The weather was pretty shitty for riding around the next day but Ann and I ventured out and toured around Potsdam on bike all day. We tried to dodge several heavy downpours but I think we managed to get hit by most of them. It was actually quite fun being out in the rain since I hadnt seen rain since last Sept. I tried to grab a few pics while it wasnt they are.

We stopped by Bobs office and caught him working hard eating chocolate and drinking coffee. Maybe I should get my Phd so I can have a job like that

This is the shoe shaped bldg that was built for Einstein to prove his theory of relativity but he ended up drinking too much german beer and was not able to focus

A mold of Einstein's brain brain was embedded in the cobbles in front of the shoe bldg

A flying German Rhino in downtown Potsdam

These are Stalin's eyes peering out of the roof of the Schloss Cecilienhof. This was the site of the 1945 Potsdam Conference where Stalin, Churchill, and Truman met for 3 weeks to determine how Germany would be divided up after WWII.

OK-it was dry inside and here is Ann at home in the kitchen making me breakfast--what a good little wife.


John said...

Ann, you look fabulous!

John said...

Bob, you look fabulous!