questionswhat should i do with my last eight months in…

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Spain. And while you're there, please pick me up some Toledo steel :)

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@okham: That's the really inexpensive stuff you can get in all the touristy places right?

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Find a tiny Teutonic town with a rad old festival and get drunk with the locals

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If you should find yourself driving between Nuremberg and Frankfurt and stumble through a small village called Markershausen, please take a few photos for me. Mine peoples from generations ago are from there. It's been a dream to go visit not only there, but also Lithuania from whence my Mom's father's father originated.

Meanwhile, how much wine can you begin shipping home? And have you purchased the requisite cuckoo clock and assorted carved wooden figurines? Do go to Spain & Portugal! Get a real paella pan and a bottle of true port.

Have you seen the Lipizzaners? I seem to recall their training center being somewhere just over the northern Italian border. I know for a fact, if you forget your passport at your hotel, manage to get across the border somehow and then find yourself stuck on the wrong side of the border, your entry back can be purchased for a Zippo lighter & some military swag. ;)

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@zuiquan: Yep, it's really bendy. Basically fancy plastic.

I'm jealous. I never made it to Spain while I was living in Europe.

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@lavikinga: I can't seem to find that village on Google. Is it Merkershausen maybe? It's about an hour and 45 minute drive from Nuremberg.

I haven't gotten a clock yet but I think I may have to, just because. I can ship as much wine as I like, it's just a matter of paying the taxes on it when all is said and done. But, there's amazing wine to be had for like 5 euros a bottle so I can't complain too much.

I've only used my passport over here one time, when I stayed in a hotel in Italy and had to leave it at the front desk in exchange for the key. That was the one and only time I've even been asked to show it. Old school, I guess. My mom was all sad she couldn't get her passport stamped when she came to visit when I took her to different countries. But, no more passport controls over here makes driving around convenient.

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Check out Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen.

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Drink room temp lager. Lots of it. Not that you haven't already. :)

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@zuiquan: http://goo.gl/maps/pRkBj Here's a link that hopefully will work for the village. And you are correct on the spelling. I only wish there was google street view! :)

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Go to the Swiss Alps and take a picture of Edelweiss on a mountainside. The Bavarian Alps are beautiful, too, if you want to stay in Germany. Oh, and go to some community flea markets! Some really interesting things show up there!

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Read a mystery novel http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/66504.Trojan_Gold once that made Munich at Christmas sound like a must visit (pretty sure it was Munich).

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Travel as much as you can wherever you can - this opportunity may never be available to you again