28.04.2009 11 °C
Saturday morning found me on a train headed the small university town of Tübingen.
I was advised by Tobias that this was a nice little city with a small old town and great shopping so off I went. Taking the train was easy as usual once I got to the Stuttgart hbf. I am so getting used to the modes of travel around here. It is really easy once you get it so finding the correct platforms and trains is all but a breeze for me now. The train ride was a little over one hour and in that time I mostly slept and looked out the window. This train was pretty much empty so it was a relaxing interlude.
Once I got to Tübingen the fist thing that attracted me was a small body of water I saw from the train. I had to check that out. Once off the train, I slowly made my way around looking for things of interest. I happened upon a flee market but didn't shop as the stuff looked like old crap. So, I kept walking and saw a few buildings of the university. Looks like other university buildings to me.
I decided to head to the old town & marketplatz but was easily distracted by the river nearby. This mini lake was a basin for the Neckar River which looked so calm and peaceful. Many people, looked like locals, were out by the water enjoying cups of coffee and espresso or strolling along the walkway. I decided to do the same and enjoy the serenity of it all.
The marketplatz was abuzz was people and a real contrast to the nearby lake. There were many shops and food vendors open.
Just like any open air market, you can buy anything from food to art. It was really nice but packed! Of course I couldn't resist and bought a cute dress. It had to to be done.
Tübingen is known for its antique shops so I took a gander into a few shops but nothing caught my eye. Thoughts of carrying extra weight home in my luggage kept popping into my head and deterred me. So, I walked and walked and walked. Took many a photo and enjoyed my time here.
Work and life was a bit hectic last week so this voyage into serenity was blissful.
After the old town, I stopped for a sandwich and an chocolate gelato (not feeling it) and sat in a pretty park.
I don't know the name but I knew it was tranquil and capped off this part of my day.
Before heading to the train, I wandered around more and came upon another small park. The people in this park were a bit.....suspicious at best...but I had a positive attitude and kept on keeping on. I said Guten Tag to a few people as I passed them and took my pictures and basked in the hot sun.
The train ride home was a different experience than coming to Tübingen. It was relatively quiet until we stopped at Plochingen, and oh my gosh, it was mayhem! The train was rammed pack with people who were all drinking either bound for the frühlingsfest or the stadium for the soccer match between Frankfurt and Stuttgart (we won!!). I was happily sleeping only to be rudely awaken by loud, loud talking and laughing, the girl beside me almost spilling her beer on me and the general buzz of a lot of people in a small space. I actually started to laugh as this was exciting and fun to me. I wished I was going to the soccer game too.
Once at the hbf, I was once again bombarded by people going to Bad Cannstatt for the festival and game. The polizei were out in full force that night with their heavy bullet proof jackets and stern faces. I can only imagine the foolishness that goes on at the soccer stadium. But, I wanted to be part of that foolishness as soccer games or games in general are always fun experiences.
Once back in Kornwestheim I took a nap (muchly needed) and got ready for my night out of Kegel and Greek fare.