This is very exciting--my first post! Please let me apologize for Eliza--she's remarkably slow sometimes.
Anyway, Eliza had to take another trip overseas for work, so I got to go along. All things considered, being smuggled into Business Class isn't too bad. We had a crazy couple of weeks before the trip--you know how she gets, and there was all kinds of work to wrap up as well. So you can imagine that we were quite tired--me especially.
Here's me in business class:
I don't think we were even in the air before I sacked out completely. Too bad I'm so small--seems a pity to waste all that nice legroom. Regardless, I was very comfy:
First stop was Frankfurt. Knowing what was ahead, Eliza took full advantage of the free society while she could. Although she spent the days working, we got out and about Frankfurt at night. The first night, we wandered the pedestrian mall and found a nice little wine bar with an outdoor patio. It being Germany and about 50 degrees outside, no one was out on the patio...except, that's right, me and Eliza. I'm sure the Germans thought we were crazy. But Eliza preferred the smoke-free air, and I have to agree with her--that smoke really seems to stay in my hair (must be something to do with the dreads). After I was pretty much frozen, she finally caved and allowed the servers to turn on the heater.
I ordered a very nice cheeseplate and a glass of local German wine:
Then the waitress, Mikki, a law student by day, asked for my photo:
After three days of work, the office was closed for a holiday, so Eliza arranged a Rhine river tour for us. It was a lovely sunny autumn day. Turns out an American diplomat, who was doing her darnedest to confirm the world's impressions of Americans, was staying at our hotel and going on the tour as well. She posed with me:
I enjoyed the view immensely:
It seems the Germans pioneered high-density, multi-use construction. Here, you see the very practical example of a combination church/bar.
Hope this starts to give you a taste of the trip. I'll write more later!