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Lyon weekend

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

I think the most notable thing about the Lyon weekend was that we didn’t once enter Lyon.

Let me explain.
We were going to Lyon for the wedding of Raph’s cousin. Well, the 2nd wedding, since they got married some time last year in India.
Actually the wedding was outside of Lyon in a small town somewhere, but Lyon is where the airport is and Lyon in the place you guys might actually be able to place on a map. So: Lyon.
I was fairly excited about this because despite being with Raph for 5 years now (give or take) I have not actually met her entire family yet. Now, I’m not sure what I’d do with them once I will have met them, but it seems like something one should do. On a side note, I’m pretty sure the same is true for Raph, I’m fairly sure she’s not met most of my family either. Then again, mine is twice as big, previous generation  consists of double the amount of people, my generation is again twice as big and comparing the next generation would result in a #DIV/0 error. Hell, I’m not sure I could name every child that has spawned from the loins of my generation.
Also, the south of France is where I spent the summers of my youth. I was looking forward to some summery stuff.

Unrelated: There was a radar error in München. Not entirely unrelated: The plane we would be flying in was also in München.
At first there was waiting

Then there was making pictures while waiting

And three hours later they cancelled the flight.

So we went to Berlin instead.
Berlin was not as sunny as I had imagined the south of France.

We saw many famous things.

Briefly, between ducking under shelters.

We did have a pretty sweet hotel, despite our first pick being booked solid due to the Berlin Fashion week. We got to sleep below the water line, just like home.

In a lovely hotel at the Warsaw bridge in the river next to the Berlin wall. This put us in between the hippies of Kreuzberg and a restaurant/bar district on the other side.
Despite having to miss a French wedding, which is about food first, and matrimony second, we had no shortage of great food. All the hippy and veggie options in the south and all the national dishes you would want in the north.
Also, we saw some museums and stuff. But really, we spent far more time in bars and restaurants.

In the end the weather changed for the better and more pictures can be found here.


A problem I have with writing these things is that I tend to write about interesting things that happened to me and funny culture stuff.
And German culture . . . well, it’s just really hard to spin it into something funny. I’ve been trying to write something about the weißwurstequator for two months now, and I can’t get it right. Maybe I should start down writing Bavarian jokes, I certainly hear enough of those. Who needs Belgians if you have the Bavarians to make fun of.
The other thing is that i have a job that fires me if I tell funny stories about them. Well, some of them, I guess.

Something interesting to mention is that our stuff from Korea arrived. So this weekend we found out just how short of closet space we were. (Yet another) IKEA run fixed that though. More on how customs of Germany works soon.
BUT, out house is currently close to complete. And this can only mean one thing, something that Raph is really, really looking forward to.

Time to move out soon!

To end with, just because . . . well, there’s some things I miss about Korea. Gangnam Style!