|The Düssel river|
|The Rhein River|
A short one hour train ride later and we were in Bonn. Home of Haribo gummi candies and more importantly (to us anyways) our friend Julian. We arrived in Bonn and made our way back to Julian's apartment (where we would be spending the night)... sadly it was rather dark out and negated any site seeing that we may have done. Luckily it was dinner time once we arrived!! We were rather hungry as it is difficult to eat while traveling on trains all day. After a nice dinner by our gracious host and some Glee (not my choice) we gathered up and headed off to the next stop: Köln!
|Fireworks in front of the Köln Cathedral|
Even without a watch you could tell when Midnight was approaching (just not when it actually arrived) because the sky got more and more full of fireworks. I think as it was almost Midnight it hit me that the fireworks that we would be seeing were not put on by the city or performed by professional.... every single firework during the "finale" was done by people who had brought their own. I video taped a minute worth of the fireworks right near Midnight:
We left shortly after Midnight.... not wanting to get caught too much in the crush of bodies that would soon be leaving the Köln area. Luckily it looked like most of the people leaving were headed in the opposite direction as us. But of course just about everyone was drunk on the train back.... Julian and I even had a interesting conversation with a drunk German about where in Bonn Julian lived. One nice thing about taking the train (other than not having to deal with drivers) was that there was security all over the place.
|Church in Bonn|
Finally after nearly 2 weeks of traveling Mariko and I were on our way home! Sunday night was a relaxing night after being away for so long. We definitely had an amazing time during our vacation, but there is always something to be said for coming home afterwards. And good thing Mariko doesn't have to go back to work for one more week, as it gives her time to recuperate from our fun traveling.