I didn't get home from work Monday until about 8pm since I was getting everything organized for being gone from work, then still had to do laundry & pack! I had most things done by 4ish, so I went to sleep around 4:45 & set my alarm for 8am, since Jeff was supposed to pick me up at 11:30 and I needed daylight to do some last errands. I did get my back lawn mowed, some cleanup yardwork done, plants moved to sprinkler range, 5 quince picked off the tree (see the garden update post) & put in the extra fridge for safekeeping, dishwasher emptied, litter box cleaned, and bought a new watch battery since all my watches were either dead or unusable for time changes!
We still got to SFO with plenty of time, the DIY checkin was smooth & quick again, and I was congratulated by security for having my questionables in a clear ziptop bag. :) When I did my online checkin I saw the row in front of me was empty so I switched in hopes of having the whole row to myself. That only lasted about an hour since the flight was empty enough just about everyone was changing seats, but I still ended up with my window seat plus the next one, so that was more comfortable to get some real sleep, which I sorely needed! The plane was so warm when we boarded that I promptly couldn't keep my eyes open any longer, so it wasn't until after a nice nap that I got out my laptop & caught up on about a month of Halloween email replies to strangers. I now have an "overseas until Oct 15th" vacation auto-reply on that adds "If you have a Halloween question I'm sorry but I can't guarantee it'll get answered this season." I feel bad but at least they know this way. Since I was sleeping relatively well I didn't even try to get my laptop out again on that flight.
What I still haven't done yet is figured out what to see in Munich! The 24 hrs of wifi I already paid for in SFO doesn't carry over to the UK, so I had to pay extra here in Heathrow so I'm going cheap with 5 GBP for 60 minutes total spread out over 24 hrs, so not much surfing time vs. my time waiting. When I get to my hotel this evening I'll see what brochures & things they have. I was hoping to go with local suggestions, but when I asked Christian who lives there what he thinks everyone must see, he told me he'd take me to whatever I wanted to see...no help there! heh...
Here is the full itinerary, and there are some spots along the way I should have internet access, so I hope to update when I can!
Wed 27 Sept - Mon 2 Oct in Munich for Oktoberfest & sightseeing, staying at the Europäischer Hof in central old city Munich
Mon 2 Oct check out of hotel, more sightseeing in Munich w/ Andy, evening drive to stay at Suzanne's B&B in Füssen
Tues 3 Oct Neuschwanstein Castle, drive up the Romantischestrasse (Romantic Road) to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (medieval town), stay at cool 13th c Hotel Gotisches Haus!
Wed 4 Oct drive rest of Romantic Road to Koblenz, junction of Rhein & Mosel rivers, historic on its own, staying at Trierer Hof 2 nights
Thurs 5 Oct Rhine River Valley river cruise - castle & winery tour? (all day) Bacharach, St Goar, etc
maybe these tours? not sure yet
Fri 6 Oct drive across to stay in Nürnberg at the Romantik Hotel Am Josephsplatz
Sat 7 Oct drive back to Munich, fly to London, train to Andy's house in Newbury
Sun 8 Oct Andy's house, relax, laundry, etc. day trip to Bath in his MX-5 perhaps?
Mon 9 Oct fly to Dublin in afternoon, stay at Trinity Capital Hotel in Temple Bar area
Tues 10 Oct Dublin city sightseeing. Drive to visit St Kevins - Glendalough Monastery & Brittas Bay, travel south and west to Cork to stay at Ballymakeigh House B&B
Wed 11 Oct Cork and Blarney Castle (yes kissing the Blarney Stone is required!) Drive to Killarney, see some of the Kerry coast and mountains, stay at the Lake Hotel in Killarney (wifi in their library - woohoo!)
Thurs 12 Oct head back to Dublin via either Tipperary or Limerick, with whichever sights to see on the way, nice big lunchtime dinner, followed by rest of journey back to airport. Fly back to England 8pm.
Fri 13 Oct sleep in, head to London to see this cool pub on Friday the 13th no less! :D (maybe also Windsor Castle Pub in Notting Hill, but only if no Addlestones cider to be found elsewhere... ;)
Sat 14 Oct hang out at Andy's house, drive his MX-5 (Miata) around, etc
Sun 15 Oct fly back to SFO