My brother Al and his girlfriend, Julia, left last weekend for their 45 day trek across Europe. I am so excited for them- as far as I know, neither of them has left the continent (as kids we went to Hawaii but I still consider that part of North America).
To help them prepare for their trip, which includes a long stop in Germany, Gary and I took them out for dinner and passed on some valuable Surviving Abroad With Your Significant Other advice.
We decided that it was also a good idea to teach them some important German language skills: Food and Beer.
So before they left, we met Al and Julia at the Heidelberg Haus, the restaurant in the German Canadian Club.
First lesson: How to take photos of yourself in front of historical monuments!
Now, for $19.95 each we ate as much as we wanted from a buffet of authentic German eats. The food at the Heidelberg Haus was good, but the worst food we ate in Germany was still better.
Second lesson: How to identify delicious foods that won't kill you! (Julia is lactose intolerant)
That said, I'd go back :)
We talked about taking the train, where to find cheap food, how to say things like "beer" and "fork" and survival strategies for not breaking up while abroad.
(Full disclosure: I broke up with Gary while we were in Germany. It was hot, I was tired, and he made me climb 700 steps to the top of a hill when we CLEARLY could have taken an alternate, stair-free route. We got back together 15 minutes later.)
It's hard to talk to my brother, if you've ever met him- and it's even harder to talk sense into the boy. But I feel that buttering them up with schnitzel and kuchen helped get the final point of our conversation across:
Don't get wet, don't get lost, and because those two things are going to happen regardless of any preparations, don't take it out on each other.
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