May 18 2006
1. One of the things I enjoy about visiting Germany are the ubiquitous bäckereien such as Kamps. This morning, on my six minute train connection at the Mannheim Hauptbanhof, I was able to detour into the bakery and buy drei bretzeln (three soft pretzels) for Eur 1.40 (US$1.68). In the US, Auntie Anne's pretzels has a 3 for US$5 "deal" (I didn't check the prices at their Suria KLCC location). Interesting economics. At any rate, German bakeries and breads are one of the things I look forward to on every trip (along with the breakfast buffets that feature such breads).
2. The Baden area of Germany seems really cool. In my spare time this week, I was able to make a quick trip to Etlingen (as did Rocky), a brief visit to the Schloß in Karlsruhe, and dinner in Baden-Baden. Enjoyed 'em all, and realized that there was a lot more to see. What was really cool about going to Baden-Baden was the convenience factor -- got on the S-bahn tram right outside the Karlsruhe hotel, which went all the way to Baden-Baden (30+ km) in a quick 40 minutes. I could spend a lot of time in a town like Baden-Baden.
3. Upon re-entry to reality this side of the Atlantic, I had one of those "my how things have changed" moments. I was present at the dentist for a first dental cavity filling. The dentist used a laser for the procedure, which was done in about five minutes with almost no pain. How different than the days of drills and novocaine. I realize this is not at all news to those of you with children, and I shouldn't really be surprised at the technology progression, but wow. On the other hand, I can't use the threat of the dental drill as a reminder to why brushing before bedtime is so important. :-)