I figured that since this Germany trip is about to come to a close, I'd share with you one of the things that made it more bareable. The staff at the Intercity Hotel in Ulm has been nothing short of outstanding. I mean, this isn't the greatest hotel in the world. I've stayed at better and I've stayed at worse. I will say that this is easily the best staff I've ever dealt with in ALL my travels and those of you that know me know that I travel quite a bit.
Ok, let's see if I can get this right without having to do it over...
We'll go left to right...bottom to top...
First is Andreas...they call him chef...but I don't think he cooks...I believe that means he's the boss. Next is Barbara, a very nice lady who takes all 7 minutes to pour a pils. In Germany, they say it takes 7 minutes to pour a good pils and Barbara always pours a good pils. Next is Melina, she's younger than my oldest daughter and almost as tall as me, she just started working at the Intercity about a month ago, always pleasant and always with a smile on her face. Then comes Nadia, Nadia showed us where the KFC was, I think I owe her one for that!!! Down at the bottom is Alex. Alex can pour a pils in about 20 seconds, so depending on how much time you had, you'd either order a beer from Barbara or Alex. I'd say that Barbara was the sterotypical german lady that I'd always come to believe Germany was full of! Above Alex is Doreen, a nice enough guy, I never really got to know him, because he seems to work nights more than anyone else! Behind Doreen is Patrick. Patrick and I didn't talk alot, but any time I needed help, he had the answer. Next comes one of my adopted daughters. Sylvia is a doll. When we first got here there was a 4 day stretch when we actually had no place to live and Sylvia made sure that we had a room and had the right rate. I had asked her when we first got here to see what she could do and a couple of weeks later when I came home from class, Sylvia informed me that I would not be homeless, living out of the rental car for those 4 days. She has always looked out for me and for that I am very greatful! Behind Sylvia is Anita. She's like this tiny little doll that almost seems out of place at this hotel. One of the sweetest voices in a wake up call in the morning! She would say, good morning Andy, it's 7 o'clock, your wake up call! A voice that you couldn't possibly get mad at for waking you in the morning! Behind Anita is Stephanie, my first adopted daughter. Stephanie is very special to me. She called me daddy one of the first nights I was in the hotel...of course...that was after she saw my passport and saw how freaking old I really am! It stuck and now, she is my daughter and I'll always think of her that way. Like I ain't got enough freaking daughters as it is???
Lastly, on the far right of the picture is my most favorite german friend. This is Klaus. Klaus is just a super nice guy. I've never really ever made friends with hotel staff before, but Klaus and I hit it off from the first day. The day we checked into the hotel, I asked Klaus, how do you get to the garage? His answer....with a car! I said...ok...we're gonna play that way huh??? We've been friends ever since. Klaus has introduced me to his family. I've met hsi wife and daughter. His daughter is a tiny little 4 month old with a head of red hair like you wouldn't believe! I think I may miss Klaus most of all. He always had good ideas where to go or what to do.
I will miss these folks, very much, but I really am so ready to be home with my girls!
So, if you ever make it to Ulm, Germany and need a place to stay. Try the Intercity and tell them Andy sent you.
And to my new german friends, if you make it to the states, you better come to the beach and you better knock on my door!