Archive for April, 2006

Germany and Luxembourg

I got back from my last trip on Friday, March 31. It was a three-week trip, instead of the two weeks that they used to be. Hopefully they’ll go back to two weeks soon. Anyway, this was a mostly standard trip, with Germany, Turkey, and Iraq stops.

We got about 4 days off in Germany towards the end of the trip and made the most of it. Taking a van, we went to Trier, Germany (Germany’s oldest city) and saw the Trier Cathedral, which was amazing. Trier is also home to Porta Nigra, a huge black gate looking thing that the Romans built at the end of the second century as an entrance to the city. It’s the largest Roman fortified gateway still in existence.

The next day, we made it down to Echternach, a city on the German/Luxembourg border. Also with a lot of cool old stuff. This is a picture of an old school in the city, still in use (there were elementary/junior high kids running around everywhere). After Echternach, we headed down to Luxembourg City, the capital. More cathedrals and cool old buildings. There is much of the city built in a big ravine surrounding a river that runs through the middle of the city. Pretty interesting landscape.

All in all, a good trip. Long, but good.

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I’m going to copy off of a post on Chris Goeppner’s blog (http://geppapa.blogspot.com/). Music is something that takes up a lot of my time (and money). I’m a sucker for new and different music and will often get several new albums before I’ve even listened to other recently acquired albums. There are songs on my Ipod I haven’t even listened to yet (I learn this everytime I do the Shuffle Songs thing). Anyway…here’s my list of good music I’ve been listening to recently. Some of these bands are new to me, and I’d like to share them with you.

+Ben Kweller – Sha Sha
+David Crowder Band – The Lime CD
+Death Cab For Cutie – Plans
+Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
+Better Than Ezra – Live At the House of Blues, New Orleans
+Convoy – Black Licorice
+The Derek Trucks Band – Songlines
+Dispatch – Bang Bang
+Jack Johnson – Sing-a-longs and Lullabies For the Film Curious George
+John Mayer Trio – Try!
+Wilco – Kicking Television: Live In Chicago

I’d like to see some more lists…post ’em if you got ’em.

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