Crab Girl and I are in Europe right now. I decided a while ago that I would like to take the kids with me every once in a while on a trip, and so this is her turn. We have been here for 5 days now, and it has been pretty nice. There have been food issues, but those were expected.
A friend of mine who comes to this particular city a lot gave us a map with all sorts of things indicated on it, that we were supposed to find and take pictures of. That kept us pretty entertained for a long time. Before my meeting started on two of the mornings, we wandered around looking for things. Today we took the whole day and wandered around. The hotel has some motorized (assisted) bikes that we could use. It was a lot of fun to go back and forth through the city.
We ended up at the History Museum, which is different than the Natural History Museum, which is what we thought we were going to. It was basically a lot of war stuff. There were other displays, but it seemed like there was a lot of violence taking place in Europe years ago. We then found the Natural History Museum and got to see lots and lots and lots of stuffed birds and other animals. It was quite impressive, although there were no dinosaurs, which may have been disappointing for the younger crowd.
After that we found some statues and paid a couple of bucks to ride an elevator up from the river, just to do it, then walk the 180 steps back down to get our bikes.
We almost got killed about 20 times today because of the traffic and our lack of maneuvering ability on our bikes. Left! We want to go left! Oh crap, now we have to figure out how to turn around and not get hit by the giant busses while we do.
Tomorrow morning at 6:30 AM we start our 19 hour voyage home (walk to the train station, 1.5 hours on train, wait for flight, fly for 1.5 hours, wait for flight, fly 10.5 hours, sit in line at passport control, wait for luggage, drive home). We have books, movies, games, a math book, and knitting. That should pass the time!
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