Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I went up to Landstuhl today and talked with an eye doctor there today. He looked at my eyelids and my forehead and decided that they are impacting my ability to see. He strongly recommends a brow lift, followed by an eyelid lift (onboth eyes). Anyway, my appointment took most of the afternoon. I left the Stuttgart area about 10am and got up to Landstuhl about 12:30pm, so I had time to grab a bite to eat before my eye exam. After my eye exam and making future appointments with the clinic, I was free to leave. SOOO... I went and found my friend Andrea who is in the hospital for a few days to get a whole bunch of tests run on her. I spent almost 2 hours with her. Then I wanted to go wander around Ramstein and check at the hotel about my ability to stay there. Their systems were down, so I've got to call and get some reservations tomorrow.

It was after 10pm before I got home and now it is my bedtime.

Aus Weidersehen!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Busy Monday...

This statue was down in a Metro station in Budapest... not sure what it is supposed to mean. "Go West young dog?" LOL. (I'd better get out and take some more pictures, I've been posting pictures of Budapest for a couple weeks now! *wink*).

So, today *was* busy. I had a couple walk-ins this morning that I had to deal with, along with my own appointments. I had a couple more appointments this afternoon. I did get one set of notes done, but now have about 5 more to do. And I did call to set up an appointment to see someone about my on-going head cold. It's at 7:40 tomorrow morning! And then, while I was at it, I called the main hospital (Landstuhl) to follow up on a consult the local eye doctor put in for me, to have them look at my upper eyelids which are now starting to droop enough over my eyes to affect my vision. I know I *don't* really need to get them fixed, but right now I may be able to get them fixed for free, in 10 more years when it is worse, I may not be able to afford it. So, tomorrow after I see a new client, I'm going to drive up to the Ramstein area to see the doc.

I may even get to eat an early dinner up there before I come back! *smiles*

Not much else is going on... so I'll sign off for another day...

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Lazy Sunday

This was one of the guards at the Palace on the Buda side of Budapest. He would not crack a smile or look, no matter who stood next to him. There were several cute girls there when I was there and he didn't even look at them out of the corner of his eye! He was VERY tall (all the guards were!). I couldn't do his job... stand there all day, not moving. *Something* would itch or I'd sneeze or *something!*

Standing guard outside the Palace.

SO... today *has* been a very lazy day. I've stayed in my sweats all day and napped off and on all day, although I did get up and I made a Chicken Ring for dinner (Pampered Chef recipe) and I made some party mix (Chex, cheerios, nuts, pretzels). That should last me awhile! It's been around 30* here today (at least it's not the 53* below they had in the Fairbanks area this morning! BRRRRR!).

Not a lot to write about. I'm tired today, but I think what's going on is that I am just tired of being sick. I did go online this weekend to try and get an appointment at the clinic, but couldn't get into the system. Guess I'll go in tomorrow and see if I can get an appointment. I've had a cold that has been hanging around for a month now. I'm not coughing as much as I was, and my sinuses aren't draining as much, but still, it is wearing me down. (Maybe I'm feeling like I need a sick leave, two of my co-workers were out Thursday and Friday for being sick... and even at my sickest, I didn't take off (because that's when we were in the middle of our move) and I'm feeling a tad jealous? I can't blame them if I don't take care of myself). I don't think they got what I have (one of them is the one that got locked into the bathroom the other day), because plenty of people around me *haven't* gotten sick.

Okay... I'm going to sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hungarian meals...

Roast duck, paprika chicken, pork cutlet, noodles, potatoes, etc. This was a Hungarian Sampler plate (WAY too much to eat!) *smiles*

Hungarian "Gundel" pancake (with a nut filling and chocolate sauce over top). It's more like a crepe. *smiles*

Paprika Chiken with Hungarian noodles...

Hungarian Goulosh... num, num...

Thought I'd post some pics I took while eating when I was up there in Budapest. The food was good and not too spicy (but always more than I could eat).

SO... today was okay. I got to sleep in (after going to bed about 2am!). After showering and dressing, I took the dogs potty, then went and ran errands all afternoon. I was mainly doing some shopping. I needed to get a "booster" (repeater?) for my internet, because when I had to replace the router that was here, my signal strength dropped significantly. I also took my "plastic" bottles over to the store to cash those in and to buy more sodas. *smiles* I found a snack, some struesel kuchen and a pretzel. Later in the day I had some Taco Bell for an early dinner. I also got my hair cut today. When my hair starts getting long on the top of my neck, it bothers me and it always feels so good when I get it cut! My day of errands ended with a grocery shopping trip and as typical, I spent more than I had planned on (but I did get the stuff to make party mix from scratch! YUM!).

Other than that, via Facebook I found out my friends and family in Alaska were dealing with thick Ice fog and temperatures -45 to the -50's. BRRRR! Several of my friends posted pictures of their Iphone weather app and thermometers. I sure don't miss THAT cold! (I think the lows this coming week here are supposed to get down to about 20 above, that's cold enough!). I also found out that one of the Pastor's I had up in Alaska is not doing well and not expected to live much longer. While I didn't always see eye-to-eye with him, he and his family played an important part in my life for about 5 years. (His grandkids are on my FB). I also found out that his daughter (Beth) was on her way back from seeing him and hit a moose (she had her son in the car at the time), they had some injuries, but it sounds like mostly cuts and bruises. Then, her Dad (my age) and mom were headed down to see their Dad (the Pastor) and got about an hour out of town and broke down in -45 degree weather. It sounds like they were still able to run their heater thankfully! And then... as if all that wasn't bad enough (today) I found out one of my co-workers had a home in Phoenix that was significantly burglarized today. (He's here, his condo is in Phoenix). Sheesh. What a day some of my friends and family have had!

Okay... time to sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Friday, January 27, 2012

So glad it's Friday!

Well, for not seeing any clients, today was a stressful day. First thing this morning I approached the head guy in our clinic about a case (that he has had involvement in) and felt like I was caught in the middle (still feel that way). Then I had to go to training this afternoon. It was a training I did a few months ago and I was resentful that I had to go through it again. Although to be fair, when the instructor asked me what was covered last time, I couldn't give her too much information (blame it on my short term memory loss). Then as I sat through it, I remembered watching the two short videos she showed. At least she got done within the timeframe she said she would, but by then there was only about 45 minutes left until the end of the day (I would have prefered to use that time writing up assessments (the stack seems to be growing by leaps and bounds!), so the only thing I got done after training was to do my online timesheet.

Thankfully I took some Tylenol this afternoon (not sure it helped). I even walked out the door "on the dot" and thought I would go check my mail (which is at another location about 20 minutes away). Well! THAT was a mistake! It took me about 40 minutes to get there and then another 40 to get out of that area on the way home (there had been an accident). I made it home about 6pm, only to turn around about 20 minutes later to head back into town to have dinner with some friends. We went to one restaurant and they didn't have enough seating. I called another restaurant, but they only had a table for 6 (there were 9-10 of us), so we went to another restaurant and were able to eat there. Whew! It was good to see Heidi & Adrienne and to meet Patsy and her daughter (those are the ones I spent most of my time with). I found out that Heidi had Gastric Bypass about 4 years ago. See... I *knew* there was a reason I liked her! *smiles* It was a good evening that pretty much made up for the horrible day I'd been having.

Now it's real late (almost 1:30am), I've been googling on line reading about cruise ship incidents and looking at information about the Transsiberian Railway. Guess I'd better get to bed!

Auf Wiedersehen!
- Kris

P.S. for some reason tonight my blog won't let me add pictures. :*(

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Where did the da go?

Just a short blog. I had a busy, but fairly productive day. I did forget my fitbit this morning, so when it post, it will only reflect about 1000 steps today (NO FAIR!).

My Boss goes on leave to Mexico tomorrow, so hopefully this week will pass quietly.

Okay... signing off!

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


One of my co-workers got locked into the bathroom at work at the end of the day today. He ended up there for about an hour after work before someone came and had to break into the door (as evidenced above). YIKES! THANKFULLY, it was a co-worker and not a client and thankfully, that co-worker doesn't have claustrophobia! (Had it been my supervisor, that might have had a whole different outcome!). Talking with the co-worker, he said he wasn't really anxious (no panic), but it sounds like he may have had a sense of helplessness. We did slide him a couple magazines under the door to preoccupy him. *I* felt sorry for him when the guy came to try and get into the bathroom, to help him get out. At one point, without any prior announcement, he decided to kick in the door (without warning my co-worker), THAT had to be a little disconcerting! But, at least he was able to get out at the end of the day (and was only stuck in the bathroom for about an hour) AND, we had a good chuckle. What a way to end the day though, right?

Work went fine, I had one person scheduled for today, but she had rescheduled for tomorrow, so that gave me one gap. Then I had a new appointment this afternoon that came in and rescheduled as well. So, it wasn't QUITE as busy as I had expected it to be. On the way home I did a little shopping and tonight has been about watching the "boob" tube. (I wonder how it got that name). It *was* a nice day weather-wise, so I took a little walk at lunch time.

Okay... signing off.

Auf Weidersehen!

- Kris

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

To Tuesday...

Horse statue in Budapest... not sure who it is supposed to be (don't remember).

I loved this stained glass window in Mattias church, I think it would make a beautiful quilt or something.

I can't remember what this building is (in Budapest), but I passed it a lot. I don't remember if it is a church or what.

Work went okay today, I got to work on documentation this morning and then had clients all afternoon. It was a relatively busy day. Nothing too exciting.

Tonight I'm watching the movie "2012" it's interesting to watch.

Okay... signing off and keeping this short.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Monday, January 23, 2012

Travel, travel, travel?

These are photos of Mattias Church in Budapest...

Looking down on the interior of the church...

Another view looking down inside the church...

So... first, work went okay today, I had two new couples come in for counseling today and then a regular appt. That, coupled with a few meetings with my supervisor led to a busy day. *smiles*

Someone asked me if I had any more trips planned. I don't at the moment, but there are a LOT of places I'd like to go to in the coming year if possible. I made a semi-list. Here they are (in no particular order).

1) Tallinn, Estonia (with side trips to Helsinki and via Denmark).

2) Belgrade, Serbia

3) Bucharest, Romania

4) Prague, CZ

5) Krakow, Poland

6) Dubai, UAE

7) Casablanca or Marakesh, Morroco

And, one trip I would *love* to take this year, if it is possible, is a Trans-Siberian Train ride across Russia, Mongolia and China. It starts in Moscow and ends in Beijing (at least the one I am looking at) and it takes 6 days (with no stops enroute). Of course, I'd like to go see the Great Wall of China while in Beijing and I wouldn't mind stopping in Xian (somehow) to see the Terracotta soldiers.

So... there's my current wish list for traveling. Wonder how I'll do on that list this coming year? Stay tuned!

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Long, but fun day!

A lion guards the Palace on the hill in Buda...

Some random statues on a building in Budapest (btw, did you know Budapest is pronounced Budapescht, yup!).

You can't really tell too well, but this chair is in the window of a spa in Budapest and there's a fish tank where you put your feet/legs into... I guess the little fish nibble off your dead skin? I can't imagine what that would feel like. (And no, I didn't try it).

So, today I drove up to Baumholder to meet up with Laura. She & I used to work together back in one of the clinics in Hawaii. It was good to see her. We chatted and did some shopping and had a late lunch/early dinner together (at Macaroni Grill), it was great. It was good to catch up on old times and former aquaintances. It's a little over 2 1/2 hours to drive up there, then I picked her up and we came back to Ramstein, which is about 1/2 hour back my way (then after Ramstein, it was the 1/2 each way back and forth to Baumholder). I found out that one of my other former co-workers that came over couldn't handle it and she's leaving 6 weeks shy of a year being here - so has to pay her own moving costs. Thankfully, Laura said she didn't bring too much. I hope it works out better for Laura and if not, that she can find another position here in Germany or Europe after the mandatory 1 year mark.

Now it's after 9 (I got back about 8:30) and time to think about heading to bed. That's probably one of the only problems of going up there today, is that I won't feel like I had a full weekend to rest (but next weekend I'm on-call... so I can rest then!).

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Saturday, January 21, 2012

More Budapest photos

A shot down the street looking at a Basilica (in Budapest)

The Pest side of the Parliament...

Another angel of the Parliament...

The American Embassy in Budapest. Ironically, it seems like it was the only one that was so heavily fortressed (it was that way in Hamburg too when I was there).

So... I actually got more than 8 hours of sleep last night! Hooray! First time in awhile I've done that. (I still woke up a lot... but at least I felt rested). About lunchtime I went over to the Pet store to pick up some more dog food and a few treats for the dogs. Then later this afternoon I went to get my nails done (which took a long time today!). I also did some shopping and picked up a book - Lonely Planet's "1000 Ultimate Experiences." It looks like an interesting book. And I had to chuckle, one of the things in there was about the "chess playing" men at the Szechenyi Spa. I'm looking forward to reading through the book and seeing what I've done in the book and what I want to do that they may have listed.

I know I've had some "ultimate" experiences... Here are 10 (in no particular order)

1) Tandem Sky-diving in Florida

2) Joining the Barrow, AK Polar Bear Club

3) Seeing the Grand Canyon & taking a helicopter ride over it

4) Participating in a "Santa drop" to an Alaskan village above the Arctic Circle

5) Jumping off the Sky Tower in Auckland, NZ

6) Swimming with Sharks & Stingrays in Moorea & Bora Bora

7) Being at the top of the Eiffel Tower

8) Taking a mud volcano bath in Columbia, South America

9) Celebrating New Year's eve on the Bosphorus sea between Asia & Europe

10) Having my 3 wonderful daughters.

How's that for a start? *smiles*

Okay... time to sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Friday, January 20, 2012

Bridges in Budapest...

I think these photos are all of the same bridge, but they did have some others that were nice as well (and I think this bridge is known as the "Chain" bridge.

So... work went okay today, I had to do some running around, but I got to have lunch with my neighbor Tamie, so that was nice. I did get some of my assessments written up today so that was a good thing!

This morning on the way into work it started to snow and the roads got slippery, but I made it okay. One co-worker took about 2 hours to get in because of an accident. Thankfully it cleared up for most of the day and then right before we were due to get off work, it started to snow again. I went over to my dog sitter's place for dinner (Spinach salad, salmon, and sweet potatoes!). Yum yum!

Now I'm home... I shoveled the sidewalk and have been surfing the web. Getting tired though so I may not stay up too much later. Tomorrow the only thing I have on my schedule is getting my nails done.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Money, Money, Money!

If you want to feel rich, go buy some Hungarian Forint currency... $200 was about 50,000 forint!

I don't think I have EVER felt this rich or held this much (in 10,000 denominations) in my life! LOL!

I'm going down into the abyss! Actually, it's the elevator going down into the tunnel that goes under the Danube river (when I rode the metro under the river to the Buda side and took the photos of the Parliament from there).

So... work was easy-peasy today. *smiles* For some reason I only had 1 appointment scheduled and they were a no-show (they were sick last week, they may still be sick). So, I got caught up on my weekly documentation and did some of my online mandatory training. And I'm ACTING supervisor because my boss had to go deal with a case in another European country. (Lucky her!).

Tonight I've been on the computer (that's where I like to spend my time, I guess). Most of the time was spent writing reviews on the hotels I stayed at in Istanbul and in Budapest and then writing reviews on some of the tourist attractions I visited in both cities.

Now it's 9:30 and I need to think about wrapping things up and getting ready for bed. So... I'll sign off for another day!

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Hero's Square

There were a LOT of people out ice skating this day, it's neat, they block off part of a lake (or river?) for this rink and it's pretty large!

Hero's Square at night... (beautiful, eh?)

I'm told that during the tourist season this place is crazy busy! It was nice that it wasn't so crowded on this day.

So, work was crazy today. I had a "walk-in" appointment today that was a crisis and needed to be hospitalized. Whenever there is something like that, it becomes a time-intensive day and I didn't leave work until about 6:30 tonight. And there are days like today that can be emotionally exhausting for everyone involved... days when things don't happen like they should, where miscommunications happen.. etc...

Tonight is another "chill" night. Although it was colder this morning. This morning it was 19* above, at leat tonight it is 35*, so warmer. But "chillin", I'm watching TV. I am watching a show called "Unforgettable" about a detective that has a photographic memory for places/situations she has been in.

Okay... time to sign off!

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Szechenyi Bath in Budapest

So, here are some pictures from the Szechenyi Bath in Budapest. It was a neat place, I think they claim to have 18 pools there (I didn't go into all of them and I definitely avoided the ones with COLD water!). Of course, if you know me... you know I *love* the water... so I was right at home!

Today was back to work. I'm still dealing with this head cold, today my right ear seems to be affected. I don't feel like I've been coughing as much today, so that is probably a good thing.

I had five appointments scheduled, but one was a no-show. I had one *new* appointment today and those always take a little longer. My 2 co-workers were out all afternoon at a meeting (but there were other providers there, that work in the same hallway).

After work I had to stop and get some gas, then I did a little grocery shopping. Here at home I've just been watching a little TV and also trying to talk a friend into applying for a job overseas. I don't know if it is so much trying to talk her into it, but providing her encouragement and support as she considers applying for a job. She's a teacher, she teaches Middle School kids (but has been thinking about switching to HS). She doesn't have any kids, so I'm, of course, telling her to go for it!

Oh yea... at lunchtime today I was reading a little in my book that I mentioned last night -
The Pilgrimage" by Paulo Coelho. I came across an interesting passage.

"When you travel, you experience, in a very practical way, the act of rebirth. You confront completely new situations, the day passes more slowly, and on most journeys you don't even understand the language the people speak. So you are like a child just out of the womb. You begin to be more accessible to others because they may be able to help you in difficult situations. And you accept any small favor from the gods with great delight, as if it were an episode you would remember the rest of your life. At the same time, since all things are new, you see only the beauty in them, and you feel happy to be alive..."

I like that concept. *smiles*

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Monday, January 16, 2012

Back from Budapest, where next?

I have the "Parliament" in the palm of my hands! *smiles*

This may end up being on my calendar next year, I love this shot!

Here's the Parliament during the day...

So, I *did* make it back from Budapest okay, no problems with the flight. I ran into one of our interns from the Optometry clinic, so got to talk with her for a bit on the way back.

Overall, I enjoyed Budapest, but it wasn't as exciting as I had hoped. There were definitely parts of the city I enjoyed (i.e. the Thermal Baths!), but it wasn't really one of those cities that I say "oooooohhhh! I've got to come back here!" (Like, I'd really like to go back to Istanbul someday!).

I'm going to keep this short... I'm tired, I stayed up way too late last night reading, (but it was a good book, I read "Transfer of Power" by Vince Flynn). I've got another book of his to read. He's written a bunch of books. Then, today at the airport in Budapest, I picked up a new book, it's by a guy named Paulo Coelho. The book is titled "The Pilgrimage." It's about a guy's pilgrimage on a trail that goes across northern Spain. It was a pilgrimage many early Christians took and many people still do that trail today (I think it's just over 700 kilometers). The guy wrote another book called the Alchemist, which I hope to read as well, if I like this book.

Okay... signing off. More pictures to follow this week.

- Kris

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Great spa day!

So, today I spent most of the day at the Szechenyi spa, it was awesome and I met a neat couple named Des & Judy for near Cork, Ireland. They had one part in one of the outdoor pools that had a circle around a spa, and the way the water jets worked, it would push you around the circle. Hard to describe, but it was fun! I tried several of the indoor pools and then treated myself to an hour long massage. Ahhhhh. Btw, it was only about 35* outside, so it was a little chilly running from of the outdoor pools to another, lol. I also got some great photos of Hero's Park. After the spa, I came back to the hotel and dropped my stuff off then headed back out. I wanted to go across the river to the Buda side. My friend David said it would be a great place to take a photo of the Parliament at night from. So, I took the Metro (which goes under the river!) over to the Buda side and took some great photos of the Parliament. I can't wait until I can get back to Stuttgart and share them with you here on my blog (I've been posting a few pics on my Facebook). I wanted some Hungarian food for dinner, so I found a small hole in the wall restaurant and got a wonderful sampler plate. I also had a desert pancake (what they call pancakes over here, we call crepes!).

After dinner I came back to the hotel. Now it's already almost 11pm, morning will come early! I'm going to get up in time for the hotel breakfast (this morning I slept too late & missed it!) and then the shuttle bus is supposed to pick me up at 9:30 am and I'll be winging my way back to Stuttgart, arriving in the early afternoon. I'm sure my doggies will be happy to see me!

Time to sign off....

Auf Weidersehen,

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hop on hop off in Budapest

Well, the weatherman said it was supposed to be sunny today, well, I guess he was 50% right, but there were also some snow flurries today! I slept in (the bed isn't very comfortable), I went down for breakfast about 9:30 then went up and got ready to go. Most of my day was spent on the Hop on, Hop off bus. I got off over on the Buda side at the Mattias church and spent some time looking for photo ops (it was snowy there for awhile). I took a tour of the church and then wandered the palace grounds . I got lucky and got to catch the pomp & circumstances of the changing of the guards, that was neat! Then I took the Furnicular train down to the bottom of the hill and caught the hoho bus there again and finished riding it around. I did a little shopping today (nothing like Istanbul, at least I can still get away with just my carry-on suitcase). I found something (a Hungarian soccer shirt) for my oldest granddaughter and found something butterfly related that I think my youngest daughter will like. I found a small tablecloth for the coffee table in my office, and a matching large napkin that I can put on the end table in my office. I did buy a small canister of Paprika, which Budapest is known for. I went to a small restaurant for dinner and had creamy garlic soup, yum!

Because I've been out most of the day and I've done a significant amount of walking, I've come back to the hotel early to get on the web and to relax a bit. It is already almost 9pm, so I had better sign off, I may go see if the jacuzzi is open. Tomorrow I am planning to go find one of the thermal baths and hang out there for awhile. : )

Auf Weidersehen,

Friday, January 13, 2012

I can now cross Hungary off my countries list!

So, I made it to Budapest about an hour later than expected, it was about 4:45 when we got into the terminal. As it turned out there were two more people on the plane with me that work in the same larger clinic that I do, and one of the Psychologists that I work with is up here for the weekend! There was one other American guy that works at the old place where I worked, he is in the Public Affairs area. I also met some Americans here that live in Wiesbaden by my friends the Barnharts (but they didn't know my friends).

After checking into the hotel I went to a local Hungarian restaurant for dinner. I had some Cream of Mushroom soup, and then some Paprika chicken that was quite tasty! After that I walked around for a couple hours at the Parliament and then on down to the Hard Rock Cafe to pick up my tee shirt. And after that I did even more walking, I've got almost 15,000 steps in today. And now it is after midnight, so I had best sign off.

Auf Weidersehen,

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Going to Budapest!

Here's an overlook view of Budapest... according to the weather channel, I should have nice (but cold) weather while I'm there this weekend, so that should be nice!

"Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and the country's principal industrial, commercial and transportation centre. Budapest became a single city in 1873, occupying both banks of the Danube river with the amalgamation of Buda and Óbuda on the west bank with Pest on the east bank.
Budapest's recorded history begins with the Roman town of Aquincum, founded around 89 AD on the site of an earlier Celtic settlement near what was to become Óbuda, and from 106 until the end of the 4th century the capital of the province of lower Pannonia. The area was occupied around the year 900 by the Magyars, the ancestors of today's ethnic Hungarians, who a century later founded the kingdom of Hungary. Since the beginning of the 20th century, much of the country's industry came to be concentrated in the city of Budapest."

So... today was a busy day! I talked with my co-worker about weekend plans, she hadn't made any, so gave me her blessings and said she would watch the dogs this weekend while I head to Budapest. I'll watch her dogs over President's Day weekend. So, at lunchtime I went online and did the Germanwings blind booking. I put in (as I think I've mentioned before) for Eastern Europe. There were 6 choices initially, but I paid 10 euros to skip the 2 in Germany (I've already been to Dresden, which was one of the cities). That narrowed down where I might end up to Budapest, Belgrade, Zagreg and Krakow. And you don't find out where you are going until AFTER you pay. I have two other co-workers who are going to be up there. I tried to get the same hotel that one of them was staying in, but it was booked, so I found one that was nearby. I'm planning to use the metro to get around and to do the hop-on, hop-off bus. David (co-worker) gave me a hand-out with some information about Budapest and I've downloaded some information on my Ipad as well.

Who would have thought two weeks ago, when I was in Istanbul, that I'd be in Budapest this weekend? That's what I like about living in Germany, the ability to pick up and go to a different country for the weekend! How cool is that?

Work was busy today even though I only had 4 appointments or so. I stayed until 7:30 or so getting all my notes written tonight.

Okay...it's already late, so I'm going to sign off. (I had to run the dogs over to my co-worker's tonight).

Auf Wiedersehen!

I'll try to post from Hungary tomorrow night!

- Kris

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

YAY! I have a computer at work now!

Some photos from the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul. They are not sure how these Medusa heads ended up down here. Interesting though, huh!

So. I got a working computer at work today! HOORAY! And I got my notes typed up from Monday, so just have today's and yesterday's notes to type up. I've had a couple of my clients go to the old clinic (even though they knew we were moving) and then have to reschedule because it takes at least 20 minutes to get from the old place to the new place.

Not much going on tonight... just surfing the web, still wondering if I can afford to go somewhere this weekend. Tonight I've been looking at doing a "Blind Booking." That's where you say you want a "type" of European city (like culture, shopping, party, Western Metropolis, or Eastern Metropolis). The one I was looking at was "Eastern Metropolis" and I was eliminating any German cities. That leaves Belgrade, Budapest, Zagreb and Krakow. Of those, my top choice would be Belgrade. My least favorite is Zagreb, but only because I've been to Croatia already. With Blind booking, I wouldn't know which of the 4 I end up with, until I pay for the reservation. Then I'd need to scramble for hotel reservations (and see if my co-worker could watch the dogs). Sometimes that feels like more hassle than it's worth.

So... do you know where Belgrade is? It's in Serbia, which is the other side of Bosnia. How cool would it be to go there? And you probably know that Budapest is in Hungary (I have a co-worker heading up there this weekend), and that Krakow is in Poland. I've already mentioned that Zagreb is in Croatia. So, there would be 3/4 chances that I would end up in a country that I've not been to before.

No worries... I'll keep you posted if I go! *smiles*

Okay... I'm going to sign off.

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My office... and sunset

Two views of my office, one taken from the window area, one taken from the door. Looks good, eh?

Here's a close-up view of my new picture that is now hanging over the couch in my office. If things get too stressful, I can sit in one of my chairs and meditate on the picture. what do you think?

There was no place to pull over, but I wanted to share the beautiful sunset that we had here in Germany tonight. *smiles*

Work went okay today, but it was frustrating because I STILL do not have a computer to use. I'm about ready to say "Okay, I'm just going to call in sick until you get me a computer so I can do my job!" Grrrr! And the guy that is supposed to be getting a computer set up (I had to schlepp them over to his office, both CPU's the old one that is fried, and a new one that was in my supervisor's office that needs to be configured)... anyway, he was out all day today. GRRRRR! I keep reminding myself that my priorities are not his priorities, but it doesn't make me feel any better. At least I've got a fairly light workload this week, so when I have to play catch up on all the notes (which has to be done by Friday), it's doable.

After work tonight I went to the Volksmarching club's monthly meeting and enjoyed some Schnitzel with mushroom gravy (mmmm goood!0.

Now it's almost 10pm again, at least I'm "off" call, so don't have to worry about toting the phone with me everywhere! *smiles*

Auf Wiedersehen!

- Kris