Expect the unexpected

Yesterday Mike and I woke up in London, spent the day in Germany and went to bed in NYC. 

Germany was an unanticipated detour - our one hour connection in Dusseldorf turned into a 7 hour layover. Normally annoyed at this kind of wait time, once we were informed the plane we were supposed to be on was 'broken', we were more grateful than irritated. With no wifi at the airport... what else was there to do? We hopped on a train into town. Thanks to some friendly Germans, we got a requisite pretzel and made it to Altstadt, also known as Old Town. This, we learned, is where the cool Germs hang out. It was adorable and totally what I imagined Germany to look like, given my trips to Epcot as a little one. 

Altstadt, Dusseldorf

Altstadt, Dusseldorf

Without a plan, we wandered about until we got hungry. Mike decided he should probably have some schnitzel at Die Bratwurst. I didn't partake in the schnitzel-ing but it looked pretty legit. As did Mike.

Mike looking Germish

Mike looking Germish

We cruised the riverfront, checked out the cobblestone streets and then somehow stumbled upon the nicest British guy, Garry, who used to live in Altstadt and ironically is a travel writer, so he showed us some of the best little secrets - including some super yum coffee and their main drag, which had an H&M, Louis Vuitton and Tiffany's. So much for cultural diversity. I also saw a make-your-own Muesli store, which looked amazing and fun. What I did not see was a single yoga studio or yoga mat. Although there was this headstand statue.

headstand

There is still so much opportunity for yoga out there, peoples! Berlin is next on our list of places to visit and I hear that yoga is the jam there so I can't wait to try it out. After stomping around the D-dorf all afternoon and learning a little German, we made it to the airport and got on a non-broken plane. I also got my new favorite drink to keep me warm on the flight - legit mint tea. Next on my list: growing my own mint so I can have this daily at home. 

Mint tea with a slice of ginger. Divine.

Mint tea with a slice of ginger. Divine.

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