We woke up in Rothenburg this morning around 9:30am excited to explore the city! Rothenburg is a small town in the district of Ansbach known for its well-preserved medieval old town. We stayed in a small hotel inside the walls of the city right on the main street so we were able to wake up and immediately start shopping (which is all there is to do in Rothenburg). First, we had some breakfast. Walking into the city the day before, we noticed almost every bakery had these "snowballs", which looked like a string of pastry rolled into a loose ball (imagine of ball of yarn) covered in chocolate, cinnamon, etc. We decided to try some for breakfast and had a white chocolate snowball and a cinnamon snowball, both delicious! After that, we walked around the small city and shopped for souvenirs. My favorite store was a figurine store with 1/3 of it covered with OWLS! I bought 2 so I can add it to my around the world owl collection :) We also bought a really cool hollow santa with a hole where his mouth is and when you put incense in him, smoke comes out like he's smoking his pipe (our first house purchase together)! After shopping, we climbed up into the walls where the soldiers used to walk around the city to keep watch. It was unreal trying to imagine life back then in this medieval city! Around noon, we had lunch in an authentic Greek food restaurant and each had a euro and a coke. Afterwards, we went to a bakery down the street and split a piece of chocolate cake because one of us was craving it (guess who). Finally, we went back to the hostel, put all our purchases in our backpacks (which still have room surprisingly), and headed to the train station! At the train station, we met a military woman recently stationed in Germany who talked to us for awhile about being stationed in Korea. I cant imagine having to move around to foreign countries like that every 1-2 years! We also met someone who saw Blake's seminole shirt and came up and said she was a Nole fan! SO cool to have fans across the world :) Granted, she was from South Florida but now lives here in Germany!
It took us 4 hours and 4 different trains to get to Frankfurt but we finally made it! Our hostel is a 5 minute walk to the main train station, right in the middle of the red light district! We are across from a hotel called the Sex Inn (lol) as well as a bunch of strip clubs, casinos, and bars but we haven't come across any trouble! Walking up to the hostel, the first thing we saw were two men dressed as women with fake boobs and everything, quite hilarious. After checking in, we walked around the city for a couple hours exploring. There was nothing that really caught out interest (Frankfurt is pretty boring and not so beautiful) so we decided to go to an 8 oclock movie. Around 7, we sat down for dinner at a restaurant but they were busy and never greeted us and we were running out of time so we went to subway for dinner! We then walked across the street to the movie theater... it did not look so big on the outside, but once inside it was GIANT! It was cold and rainy outside so EVERYONE decided to go to the movie that night. We waited in line for 15 min. before finally getting our tickets to see Great Gatsby! We surprisingly got great seats right in the middle and both loved the movie! After the movie, we walked home and read some before passing out in our bunk beds!
We woke up around 9 am to catch a bus to Mainz for a boat ride on the Rhine river. There was free breakfast at our hostel consisting of bread, meat, cheese, yogurt, nutella, and other spreads. The garlic spread was delicious! After breakfast we headed to the train station and caught a train to Mainz. We got to Mainz kastle around 11 and walked across the bridge in the cold and rain to the main station to get some more information about the boat ride. When we got there, we found out the boat only left early in the morning so we had missed it :/ We ate lunch ate an all-you- can-eat asian buffet near the train station and didn't really like it! I tried a piece of meat thinking it was beef and thought the place was awful! I shortly came to find out it was liver and I wanted to throw up... Never again! After lunch, we took a train back to Frankfurt and walked to the Eintracht Frankfurt football (soccer) store to inquire about the game! We found out it was sold out and people would probably not be scalping tickets before the game so we decided we'd just watch it all a pub. Afterwards, we went to starbucks and got a coffee and piece of chocolate cake and then went back to the hostel. We were both exhausted from going nonstop the past week and a half so we decided to have a chill day at the hostel! We read some and then went downstairs for a german BBQ at 7:30! I got a burger and a glass of wine, Blake got a sausage and a pitcher of beer, and we both got a pork skewer. We ate, drank, facebooked, and played cards for an hour or so, then went downstairs to play pool! Blake won the first game and then I won the second so we decided to call it quits at a tie so neither of us would be cranky. It was around 11 oclock by this point so we called it a night and we went to bed. Overall, it was a semi boring day but we enjoyed relaxing and hanging out at the hostel!