Hamburg, Germany, March 2008

Pete came to visit me in Germany in 2008. I was living there for work, and excited to show him around. He, on the other hand, wasn’t the least bit interested in Germany as a tourist destination. He just wanted to hang out, and make fun of people’s accents. (Which we did. Often.)

Still, I forced him to do at least a couple of touristy things with me, like this Harbor Tour. The tour was in German, so we mostly just wandered around the boat and stared at whatever was around. Occasionally I pretended to translate.

We also walked through the Elbe Tunnel, went climbing at an indoor/outdoor gym in town, and drove really fast on the Autobahn while listening to a ”mix tape” CD he’d burned expressly for the occasion. We went to Berlin and to Königstein to see the Bastei rock formation, and it snowed while we were there. It was one of the more beautiful things I’d ever seen.

But mostly we just hung out and made fun of people’s accents. And that was just fine by me.

Submitted by Rich Dalrymple

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