Koblenz, Germany (Day 3)

Once Shaun was done with work for the week, we caught a train to Koblenz as next is what is commonly referred to as a “romantic cruise” down the Rhine River and Koblenz is where the Mosel River and the Rhine River meet. We stayed at a wildly different yet fantastically comfortable hotel called the Conti in Koblenz (photo below from their website; featured photo from “Europe Up Close”).

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After we dropped our bags off we headed out for a lazy 3 km walk to the docks talking about everything you can imagine and laughing all the way hahaha. I say things like “I knew I had you in the mud baths at Jaguar Hot Springs in Copan, Honduras. When did you know you had me?” And he retorts “When we were having [you know what].” Men are from Mars and women are from where???

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When we arrived we saw the gondola that transports passengers up to the old fortress and stumbled upon a music and wine festival where I got the opportunity to once again attend a silent disco like the one in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia last year. I love them and it was Shaun’s first time. (It is such a treat to see someone react to a new experience isn’t it? It’s as if you are living through your first time all over again.)

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But this was not before we had one of the better meals I’ve had on my journey at a Greek restaurant nearby the port called Poseidon (try the white beans…whoa…awesome) but made even more memorable because of the company and I don’t mean Shaun this time believe it or not! I mean the wait staff (like Saki) who were so full of life that it rubbed off on us and reminded me why God sent me on this journey: to connect with the world and meet people like Saki who fill me with joy and peace and so I could be that spirited beacon of light for others as well.

On our late night walk back home to the Conti, it got a little chilly and I tucked my little body up under Shaun’s masculine arm and shoulder and felt safe and even cherished and I can assure you that it has been a very long time since I felt that way. And that night, I fell asleep in that same nook. It was nice like I belonged there.  Whether I did or not given my lifestyle design, among other things, was a question that would go without answer particularly on this night.  The reason is that, while I don’t often feel lonely being a solo traveler as I’m surrounded by new and interesting people and experiences all the time, when you have a moment like this, it can kick start a number of thoughts and emotions and since I have 126 countries left to go, that is a sleeping dog I should  probably let lie.

That’s all for now feeling cherished by, among other things, Germany itself.

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