Pissing In strange places

As I sit here, about to head home after 6 weeks away, I’m reflecting on two common themes from this trip: pissing in weird places and sleeping in weird places.

I have pissed:
-in a hotel room sink in Vernazza
-in Tupperware in London
-In a cashew jar in London
-on the lawn of a fancy hotel, Guerilla style, in Milan
-in a drinking glass that I periodically dumped into the grass outside my sleeping quarters in London
-in a home made tin foil funnel feeding into a kombucha bottle in the back of a four runner in a train station parking lot (attempted, but failed)

I have slept:
-on a futon in Brooklyn
-on a bed in Manchester
-on a boat floating on the Thames river
-on a sectional couch in Greenwich
-in a loft bed in Rome
-in a 300 year old stone wall apartment in Tuscany
-on a foam pad in Copenhagen
-a futon identical to mine in Germany
-in a “tool shed” in London
-on a sofa bed nest in new haven

We have experienced such amazing things on this trip, the most important and memorable being all of the relationships we formed, and the open arm welcomes we got everywhere we stayed. It was very humbling. The kindness we received is unforgettable.

Huge thanks to all of the people who made this trip possible – it was a group effort!

-Todd, for taking us to the airport
-Matt, for letting us crash at his apartment in NYC
-James, for giving us his bed and showing us the best time ever in Manchester
-Sally, for letting us couch surf in London
-Alexandra and Paolo, for taking us in like family in Tuscany
-Klaus and Viktor for showing us around Copenhagen and housing us
-Our beautiful German friends for pampering us in Wettenburg
-Sarah, for giving us her bed in Stockholm, sharing her box of wine, and giving us her bus pass
-Melissa, for the nest, the great company, and the naughty professor Tumblr page
-Prikryl, for driving us to Boston, for finding Twisted Fork, for the book, and for being all around the most delightful, genuine person ever.
-Marissa and Anthony for taking us in on our last night!
-roomies for taking care of the birdies
-Denise, for taking us home from the airport
-Stacie, for picking up and starting a placenta for me!

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Arriving in Germany

Day 25 Wednesday, October 2nd Germany

Today we got up at the ass fucking crack of dawn. The sun wasn’t even up. We said goodbye to Sarah, bundled up, and walked down to the bus stop to head to the airport. Look at my boo in the early morning time:

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The flight was easy, and it was so nice to arrive in Germany with a friend to pick us up from the airport. Very relaxing to not have to figure out a bus or a train or directions or anything.

We made the two hour trek back to his house and it was a really nice drive, though I slept most of the way. His house was just beautiful. Totally modern, tons of natural light and earthy tones. Shortly after we got home, his wife arrived with their two young daughters – blonde haired adorable little German girls. We all sat at their huge wood table and had lunch together.

Later on we took a walk from their house through the forrest. It was so beautful:

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Then we walked by their daughter’s preschool:

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That’s the preschool. The woods, basically. They just play outside all day and they have snacks in that little circle of wood benches. They only go inside that container building if it’s extreme weather. But even if it’s raining or snowing – they just put on their outdoor gear and keep playing. The youngest daughter showed me the pee tree where the little girls pee – they have a piece of fabric tied around it so you grab one of the fabric handles and just sort of squat and pee. How cute is that? Also, there are no toys at the Kindergarten. Like, at all. They just play outside and play with what the find in the woods. I think this is all so fantastic. Makes for beautiful, imaginative, playful children.

The girls were just young enough that the 100% language barrier didn’t matter. We all guesttered and pointed and even played a board game together that didn’t require words. It was so fun and they are both super adorable.

That night we gathered at their big table again and had a little buffet for dinner of bread, cheese, sausage, pickled beets, sliced veggies and other fun fixins. After the girls went to bed, the four of us stayed up talking and drinking wine in candlelight, keeping warm in their beautiful living room in front of their wood burning stove.

Tea Salons & $14 McDonald’s breakfast

Day 24 Tuesday, October 1st Stockholm

This morning we got up ass early and boarded our train for Stockholm. The dollar is so weak here – we got breakfast at McDonalds and it cost the equivalent of $14. Crazy, right?

Our train was super swank. It looked like a train car out of an IKEA catalog. Even the bathroom was super nice. The ride over was beautiful:

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We went to our couch surfer’s house to drop off our bags and her place was so cute:

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Then we went into town to go to a tea salon that we read about in a magazine. It is located within a super swanky interior design shop. I fucking loved it. And it was one of the best afternoon teas we’ve ever had. On the bottom was dark rye toast topped with mayo, shrimp, hard boiled egg, fennel and lemon juice. That was one of the best things ever. In the middle were two hot out of the oven scones with lemon curd. And on top were three petit fours: dark chocolate & ginger, pistachio, and ginger merengue. And thanks to our weak ass dollar, it was only $72!

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Afterwards we walked around Stockholm and it was one of the most beautiful cities we’ve seen. Very surprising. We were so glad we were there since Stockholm had been a super last minute add on. We were just enchanted walking around. So lovely.

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Then we headed home and hung out with our host, Sarah, and had the best time ever. She is super fantastic and was so helpful. She even slept on the couch and gave us her bed.