Yes. I am a miser.
15.04.2010 53 °F
Our goal this weekend is to book our hostels. After we book them we will be finished with all the big expenses (YAY as well as Oh, God, I'm broke). The rest of our money will go towards food, attractions, and random travel expenses.
So. I'm kind of in charge of figuring out Germany. I think I've devised a plan that just might work. Land in Dusseldorf, train to Cologne. Stay in Cologne two nights. One day of travel stopping in Frankfurt, Mainz, and Rothenburg (or some other mix of cities) ending in Munich where we stay for two nights. After that we head towards France stopping in Neuschwantsteingburlgheifran to see the castle that the Sleeping Beauty Castle was modeled after.
I'm a little nervous about the rail system. I've been trying to figure out times and platforms and I am pretty confused. I'm sure once its all in German and I'm there surrounded by people who might not speak English to help me, I will be all the more distraught. Plus, did you see the Little People Big World where Zach and Jeremy are trying to navigate their way around Europe. If they had issues with a whole film crew just think what problems we will encounter.
Hostels are looking a bit pricier than I thought they would be. Turns out the cities that we have picked to travel to just happen to have the most expensive hostels. Of course. I found two hostels, one in Cologne and one in Munich, that are about $26 bucks a night. One includes free all you can eat German buffet. I will put them out of business. So hostels in Germany alone are going to be about $104 total. Not exactly the ideal price for someone on a budget, but just as Tim Gun would say, we'll make it work!
I am finding that many cities have CityCards or Welcome Cards or some other equivalent that will give us major discounts on museums and free travel. Thats pretty nifty. That means there will be absolutely no hesitation whatsoever to visit the Schokoladenmuseum. Sound it out. Thats right. CHOCOLATE MUSEUM! "The highlight is the chocolate fountain where white-clad attendants hand out freshly created samples." First stop when we get off the train.
Anyways, more planning to come tomorrow. June 16th is fast approaching!