Friday, June 30, 2006

Decisons decisions

Today is my last day at the SWP. Starting on Monday I will be spending the rest of my time in Germany writing, writing, writing. But where to write? I need not write in my apartment every day and I had always planned to spend the first week of July doing something fun.

So here are my three options:

1. leave Berlin on Sunday, go to either Offenburg or Strasbourg and watch the first stage of the Tour de France. From there I could spend a couple days in Freiburg. (Ahhh, Freiburg!) I have promised myself see Freiburg one more time before I leave.

2. leave Berlin on Wednesday, go to Paris and then go on to Caen where I can watch a different stage of the Tour de France. From there I would go to Bayeux and take a tour of Normandy. Seeing Omaha beach and the American cemetery had been high on my list to see this year.

3. go somewhere else TBD.

The Tour de France enters into the equation because, well... it's happening... I'm here... why not! Katie and I normally watch the race every morning during breakfast while on vacation in Michigan. So it somehow feels right to watch it in person this year if I can't watch it with her. The one catch to the Tour de France plans is that all of the information about where to watch the riders is in French. (Insert mean, but somewhat true France joke here.) Then again all the info about watching the race in Offenburg is in German.

Whether I go to Freiburg, France or somewhere else, I will bring my computer to type my general and public diplomacy thoughts along the way.

Deciding where to go will be my project of the day... after the Germany-Argentina game.



At 11:47 AM, Blogger Pritilata said...

Can't you do it all??? ;)

At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Erin, why is this decision so hard. Freiburg! Of course ;)

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see it??? WOO-HOO!!!! I'm usually not into football, but I decided that it was mandatory that I watch the D-land vs Arg game. I even made Dwight go the grocery store, as I was too busy rooting for the Deutscher Elf! I literally jumped up in the air and screamed when Argentina missed their 2nd penalty shot... and then stuck my head out the window to hear the inevitable gunshots and horns honking. :-) I'm keeping my fingers crossed (and thumbs pressed) for Ballack and company to go all the way! JP

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Erica said...

I think I have to add another vote for Freiburg!

So was the whole city going nuts last night after the win on penalty shots?

At 3:32 PM, Blogger Erin said...

Hi JP, Yes, wasn't the game exciting!!! You should come up to Berlin for the final next week!

Hi Jennie and Erica, after much thought and research, I have decided to go to Normandy later in the week. I WILL go to Freiburg before I leave. The issue boiled down to needing to book airline tickets. I don't want to book tickets to go to France in August because I am hoping to need to fly back to the States for an interview or two. Organizing a train ticket down south can be done last minute.


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