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This is the archive page for the month [October 2003]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries found here from that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Cochem part 2, plus side trip to Wiesbaden. | October 30, 2003
Oh, hi there, everyone. Take your time with today's entry because it'll be the last one you see for the next four days or so, as I slowly make my way from Cochem to Frankfurt, then to the Frankfurt airport,...

Bonn. The hidden jewel. | October 28, 2003
October 27, 5 pm. Of the dozen or so guidebooks about Germany I read in preparation for this trip, all of them had this strange, dismissive way of talking about Bonn, the former capital of West Germany before reunification in...

Munich day 5, plus side trip to Regensburg. | October 26, 2003
Hi, everyone! Well, as you can tell, things continue to be rather hectic on this leg of my tour, which is why I was unable once again to update yesterday. And I have barely any time on the computer today,...

Munich, days 3 and 4. | October 24, 2003
October 24, 10 a.m. Hi, everyone! Well, once again I missed an entire day of journaling from being kept so busy by friends and acquaintances here in the heart of Bavaria. And I've got a fairly busy day again today,...

Munich, day 3. | October 22, 2003
October 22, 2 pm. Didn't get my internet stuff finished last night until midnight, and by then it was time to go to bed. (Sebastian and Carolin, my hosts in Munich, both have office jobs that start early in the...

Munich, day 2. | October 21, 2003
October 21, 9 pm. When last we left off, it was yesterday afternoon and I was just finishing up my journal at this incredibly charming little cafe in the Gaertnerplatz district of Munich, a place so much like my home...

Munich, day 1. | October 20, 2003
October 20, 2003. Munich. Fuck! But I'm getting ahead of myself. Left Cochem yesterday in a rush, after realizing that I had only a half-hour to catch the only train leaving that day for Munich. The DB was a fucking...

Tour break: Cochem, days 2 and 3. | October 19, 2003
Hi, everyone! Sorry I wasn't able to update my journal yesterday; Ricardo and Karin, my hosts here in Cochem, are literally keeping me so busy with fun stuff to do that we literally ran out of time to go to...

Tour break: Cochem, day 1. | October 17, 2003
October 17, noon. Greetings from Cochem - or, as I like to call it, The Most Beautiful Goddamn City On The Entire Fucking Planet. When last we left off, it was yesterday afternoon and I was pulling into Koblenz, the...

Transition: Giessen to Koblenz. | October 16, 2003
October 16, 1 pm. On the DB once again, this time on another RegionalExpress (RE) train (which are the older, crappier trains that stop at every little town on a specific route), slowly making my way from Giessen to Kobleny,...

Detour: Giessen, day 1. | October 15, 2003
Greetings from Giessen, a much kooler city than I was ever led to believe (but more on this later). Below, notes from the last 24 hours of my tour, which has been particularly chaotic recently (but again, more on this...

Berlin. Disaster. | October 14, 2003
October 14, 2003. 9 a.m. Got into Berlin at 4 pm yesterday, arriving at the Zoo station which was formerly the heart of western downtown Berlin before the Wall fell. (It's switched back to the Brandenburg-Gate area again since then.)...

Transit - Duesseldorf to Berlin. | October 13, 2003
October 13, 2:30 pm. On the DB again, taking the InterCitz Express (ICE) "bullet train" from Duesseldorf to Berlin. I am leaving Duesseldorf with manz fantastic memories, both of the citz and of the people I met; just like Frankfurt,...

Duesseldorf, day 2. | October 12, 2003
Hello again from the beautiful town of Duesseldorf, up in the northwest corner of Germany. As always, lots of notes from the last 24 hours of the tour, so I guess let's get right to them. October 12, 3:00 pm....

Goodbye, Frankfurt; hello Duesseldorf. | October 11, 2003
Oh, hi there. It's about 8 pm local time as I'm writing this at my new host Andre's house, where he has graciously invited me to use his computer. Here below, notes from the last 24 hours of my tour....

Frankfurt, day 2. | October 10, 2003
Man, I got a lot for you to get through today, so let's get right to it. Here below, my notes from the last 24 hours of the tour. October 9, 6 pm. Sitting on a bench on Grossbockenheinerstrasse, the...

Greetings from Frankfurt! | October 9, 2003
Ooh, man, it's taking me forever to type this fucking journal entry - German keyboard layout is a lot different than American, and every other word seems to be coming out mistyped. (Like, the letter z is much more common...

Hey, thanks for not threatening to kill me. | October 7, 2003
In what can only be called one of my larger journal-related shocks of the year, I didn't receive a single piece of hate mail about my journal entry last Thursday discussing Germany's Nazi past; in fact, I received a number...

Getting drunk at Wrigley Field. | October 6, 2003
For the dozen or so of you who have been living under a rock for the last month (or for international readers who don't give a shit about American sports), the Chicago Cubs are in the Major League Baseball division...

Sonderweg (or: You Know, That Subject I'm Not Supposed To Bring Up). | October 2, 2003
(WARNING: Today's entry primarily deals with the rise and fall of Nazism in 20th-Century Germany. I acknowledge that this is an extremely sensitive issue for a lot of people out there; if you are someone who gets upset by the...