Monday, September 12, 2005

surprise in Germany

But apparently not a surprise to everyone...

I very much want to make this a long and memorable entry, however the schedule we're on for this tour of Europe is nothing short of brutal. We're getting *maybe* 5 hours sleep a night, and up every morning between 6:00-6:30am. I know we've slacked on updating our travel journal for a couple of days now, but we've been on the move to different countries every day so we just haven't had the time. Tonight is our first two-night stay in the same place since we were in London, so hopefully we'll get a chance to update you all on our outings sometime tomorrow.

But this entry isn't really about our trip. Today after leaving our hotel just outside Cologne, Germany, we stopped in Heidelberg for a couple of hours. Heidelberg is most famous for being host to the oldest University in Germany, as well as being home to a stunning red sandstone castle originally erected under Friedrich V (1613 - 1619). Near the main shopping square, there is a very cool modern fountain that I stopped to take a picture of (and will upload later) - it was raining very lightly at this point of our visit, but it wasn't too cold or too wet, and our trip up until this point had been on the rather *warm* side, so we didn't mind much and weren't hurrying to get out of the weather. It was at this point that Tim got very romantic... he told me how much he loves me, and that I treat him like a King... and from behind his back he produced an engagement ring to rival Loreley Rock and asked if I'd be his Queen.

!!!

There should be no doubt, but I did indeed say yes. :)

And now I find out that just about everybody already knew! Well, I'm very extremely surprised, and you all sure can keep a secret. :)

Off to cuddle now with my fiancé... it feels *very* different, and very wonderful.

::beams::

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Somewhere... beyond the sea...

Tim and I leave for Europe tomorrow!

I considered whether the trip would be inappropriate now, but at this point we wouldn't be able to get a refund on anything, so canceling wouldn't do anyone any good. We gave as much as we could to the relief effort, and that means no spending money for our trip until the next payday. Our travel and lodging is already paid for though, so we should get by okay. I know we each have a little pocket money for food, that should last us a while if we're careful. (Plus my mom is always generous when she drops me off at the airport.) :)

Anyway, I probably won't be checking email much for the next 20 days, and I won't post much here either, probably not at all. Tim made us a »Travel Journal« to commemorate our trip. We'll be updating it as much as time & ability allows, so please do check it out from time to time.

"See" you all in about 3 weeks... and some of you for real in October! 8)