So, one of the perks of my scientific career has been the chance to travel to scientific and/or business meetings in various places around the globe – Sweden, Switzerland, Cabo San Lucas, Wisconsin, Japan…
This Friday, I return back to the Fatherland to attend and speak at a scientific meeting being held in Berlin, Germany. Pretty exciting for me, the presentation is a big deal (to me) and I haven’t been to Germany in 20 years (ugh) and the last time I was there, East and West Germany were still separate.
As is often the case, there is the opportunity to tack a vacation on to the end of these conferences and so The Beloved is coming over on Tuesday (the final day of the meeting) and we’ll split the next 10 days between Berlin and Munich. We’d thought that we might want to go back to Hawaii this year in the spring, but who wouldn’t rather spend two weeks in Germany in February with the dollar doing so well rather than hanging out on Kauai? At least we should beat the crowds.
One reason to go to Munich and Bavaria is to spend a little time discovering the Ancestral Betz Homeland. As near as we can figure from my family history, my particular branch of the Betz-family emigrated to Philadelphia from Bavaria in the 1850s.
No one in my family is aware of any current relatives still in Bavaria (nor are they aware of us apparently), but I’m still excited to go back and see what I can see there. As near as I can determine, the Betz’s in Germany made their living being hired thugs. Ahhh, family pride.
So, the next few days will be spent making sure that I have all my stuff together. I pretty much finished my presentation yesterday, so that was good. So, has anyone been to either Munich or Berlin recently and have any recommendations???