Well I'm wrapping up my Europe trip today. I'm in Detroit on a layover on my way home. Yesterday I spent the day in Munich in meetings and then went out to eat at a very nice dinner . It was a modified traditional Bavarian dinner complete with pretzels and all. I decided a head of time that I would have traditional German pretzel just to experience it. I made sure that I worked out in the am to offset any incremental calories. Well the pretzel was tasty - but not unlike anything I've ever had before. Funny - in Germany the idea of pretzels with mustard is pretty strange.. my colleagues had never heard of this. Instead they eat them with butter or cheese. The rest of the meal was tasty - a local fish and baby potatoes. Being in Germany was the first time I've experienced having absolutely no idea what was being said around me. I spent time in France/Italy before and because I speak French I can understand and at least pick up the gist of what is being said in Italian. German isn't patterned after the romance languages so it is hard to even pick up a word.
Before hopping on the plane yesterday, I went running (on a track), shopping and on a chocolate and tea pilgrimage. I've decided that I could totally live in Paris. There is a certain energy you feel when walking on the streets - similar to NY but much calmer. The limestone buildings are so beautifully maintained that it actually feels contemporary and current . If I ever get a chance to get transferred to Paris , I won't bat an eye...I'm there. The chocolate and tea pilgrimage was one of the highlights of the trip. First my coworker needed to pick up tea for one of her colleagues from a particular store that was near my favorite chocolate store. The tea store was called Hediard. It is a gourmet sweet, tea and wine shop. I've never seen anything like their tea assortment. They have vats and vats of special mixes and flavors of loose tea leaves. You tell them what you like and the tea master (I'm sure there is a name for him- I just don't know it) will let you smell it and give you a sample. I bought Shiraz, Primavera and a Noel blend. Absolutely delicious. After the tea shop we went to Angelina's- home of the best hot chocolate in the world. They also call the hot chocolate - African Tea - which was a new term for me. I never realized that before. Anyway it was out of this world delicious. My coworker was hooked too. We both bought several bags to take back home.
We walked about 5 miles (in addition to my 2 1/2 mile run) so by the end of the day I was beat.