You Can’t Get There from Here


I have a great travel story to share with you, but it would probably sound like every other travel nightmare.  A last-minute realization that my passport had expired three days before my flight, and a series of delayed flights and trains, left me with a very stressful and unusual route to Tübingen.  After I squared away the passport fiasco, I first flew to Dublin, then to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle.  A not-quick-enough transfer from the airport to the Paris-Est train station left me with an hour and a half wait in Paris (despite the help of an incredibly nice traveling companion and a French stranger who walked me a block in the right direction and spoke to me in French even though it was obvious I was a foreigner – yay!).  As I was running through Paris I had two thoughts: “I’m late, I’m late!” and “I’m in PARIS and it looks like PARIS!!  It’s so beautiful!”

The train trip was just as eventful: a forced transfer due to “technical difficulties” left me on the German/French border in Saarbrücken for another forty-five minutes.  This is where I decided the theme of my trip was that at almost every transfer I was essentially told “You can’t get there from here.”  But I could move forward darnit.  And so it was off to Mannheim, then Stuttgart, and finally Tübingen and a late-night cab ride home.



Okay so I cheated and actually took this photo this evening, not last night, but that’s pretty much what it looked like.  And I have to say: I’m so happy to be here! After a good night’s sleep, I ran around town this afternoon and Christmas shopped, and window shopped.  The streets are so familiar, and yet they still take my breath away.  This evening my sister Sarah and I made a batch of cookies and drank homemade Glühwein.  Even though it’s far too warm for Glühwein, it tasted mighty fine.




1 bottle cheap red wine (quality is not important)
1 Tbsp whole cloves
1 slice lemon (or orange)
1 stick cinnamon
ca. 1 cup sugar

Put all the ingredients in a pot and stir to combine the sugar.  Taste to make sure there is enough sugar – it should taste quite sweet, but not cloyingly so.  The amount will depend on how dry your wine is.  Set heat to medium low and steep for ten minutes.  Serve hot.

8 Responses to “You Can’t Get There from Here”

  1. I don’t think I realized you were going out-of-town, but my goodness, look at those photos! As soon as I clicked on to your site I nearly gasped (but didn’t, I am in my office). Everything just looks so European and aged in the nicest of ways. Hope you have a wonderful time.

  2. My opinion: if it’s below 70F, it’s not too warm for Glühwein. We’ve been drinking lots of it here, even though it’s in the 50s! (what’s up with that, Boston?)

    • Thanks Emily! I like that rule. It’s been warm here in Germany too, and today really windy in the Dresden area. We’re drinking Gluehwein anyway!


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