Adventures beyond The Hof

IMG_4020Hello all!

This is hardly Hof news, but seeing as though this is a site for travelers, and is the most (vaguely) appropriate website I have to post this on, I have decided to keep a travel log here while away from The Hof.

IMG_3970On 20 April 2016 Cat & I had a smashing good time for my 40th birthday at The Hof. Good friends, old and new, came to celebrate up on the mountain. Surprisingly, no one made jokes of me being “over the hill” or anything despite our locale and aging celebration. The following morning I went down the hill to Huaraz, got on a bus to Lima and flew back to the US to sort out the many issues with my passport. Cat stayed for that weekend to watch The Hof and we were not to rendezvous again until three weeks hence in Hamburg, Germany. Romantic, no?

The primary issue was that it was completely full with still one more year of validity left. The other issue, Cat & I were meeting in Germany to begin our bike tour around the Baltic Sea and we each needed double entry visas into Russia, which apparently I can only get in my home country through the Russian embassy there. So, I went home, visited Mother for Mother’s Day, and the weeks around it, visited friends and a former student in Massachusetts, did my taxes, and flew out to Copenhagen last Tuesday night, 10 May.

From Copenhagen, the following day, I got on the train and met up with my fetching Fraulein at the Central Station in Hamburg. For the next three days we would spend our time running around gathering all that we’d need for this extravagant sojourn; primarily, getting a brand new bike for me with all the fixin’s. When I was visiting Mama in New Jersey I also picked up a fancy new touring bike seat, bike pants and other such things.

Saturday, we rode the train to the outskirts of Hamburg to pick up my bike. I fixed on my fancy new seat and we rode back about 10 km to try it out. In fact, after taking the train the rest of the way back into town we rode around all afternoon picking up the last of our goods ending with a drink by the canal in the evening. We locked up our bikes in front of the building and retired for the evening.