January 8, 2008 - Düsseldorf, Germany

Our flight to Windhoek, Namibia was via Detroit and Dusseldorf, Germany. It was hard to sleep on the 8-hour flight to Germany. I pinched a nerve in my shoulder back in Aug. we think from moving boxes out of our Hawaii storage unit. I have been living with the discomfort ever since. But carrying my 30+ lbs. backpack has not seemed to help and at times the pain prevents me from sleeping. It didn't take long to figure out this might be a problem during the next month of which the first 2 weeks is camping.

We planned on only seeing the airport but ventured out into the streets of Dusseldorf in search of meds. We found Dr. Timm in a small office. After explaining our problem he wrote a few scripts that should let me get some relief and some sleep at night. Downstairs two shops away was the pharmacy. Across the street was a small cafe where we sat and enjoyed a real European cup of coffee and some food. Next door was a taxi stand to get us back to the airport. It couldn't have worked out any better.

I have always said be as prepared as you can be, but as long as you have your passport, tickets, and credit card you can make up for lack of planning. This trip so far is proving that point. We prepared the big things like insurance but forgot some small essentials. But we are applying techniques learned from our last trip. So far I have "acquired” the needed pillow and light-weight blanket from Northwest Airlines. Anyone who knows of Doug and my trip to the Philippines knows that they owe me! And the score is still not settled as far as I am concerned! TP and a small towel will be compliments of tomorrows hotel room. So two flashlights and a hat for Terry is all that is
left on the list.

Now we are waiting for our flight enjoying a German Frankenheim Alt beer. We have managed without a word of German (only word I know is "cheers”) and all the people we have met so far know at least some English. More than that everyone seems enthusiastic to help. For this we are thankful.

[Terry: I want to come back to Germany in the near future. People were nice, food was good and coffee was great. The visit to the doctor's office was painless. Doctor offered different medication options depending on the cost and then once we got to the pharmacy, there was absolutely no wait! She handed the meds in less than 3 minutes. The medication worked almost immediately and Mark slept better on our flight to Africa. The flight attendants were so pleasant. When I asked for water, they asked with gas or without! I heard that expression for the first time when we had dinner with Jennie in New York and I just love it! When I said without gas please, they asked with lemon or lime? This never happens flying coach.]


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