Travel Schlepp's First AdventureWell, I wasnít at the new house for two days before Karl told me we were going on a trip. He said we were going to another country across the ocean and that I would need a thing called a passport. He took my picture and before you knew it, I had my very own passport.
Big Schlepp took me aside and said that Caro had gotten me just for this very important trip and that I was going to have an important part to play. He couldnít say more because it was a Special Secret.
Karl packed me into his shoulder bag and told me that my first job was to protect the camera and the computer. With my fluffy fur and soft stuffing, I knew that I could handle any jolts that would come our way.
At the airport I met Debbie, Karlís coworker. She was traveling with us and was going to help Karl. I was surprised how long the trip was. Just getting to the airport and then flying to Atlanta was farther than Iíd ever gone before. Oregon to New Mexico is a long, long way but this was further. And then Debbie told me that this was just the short part of the trip.
We got on another, bigger plane and settled in. The people said everything in two languages. I could understand the
English but Karl remarked that the other language was German. We were going to Austria and they spoke German there. I worried if they had honey in Austria and Debbie assured me that they did. Karl said that they called it hönig in German.
At least the shoulder bag was more comfortable than the box they sent me in from Oregon. Now and then Karl would reach inside for a book or a pen and he would chat a bit. I could always stick my nose out for fresh air.
It seemed like we flew forever. There was a long
dinner (and a very good one even without honey) and
then we slept for awhile and then there was breakfast.
And finally we landed at an airport Iíd never heard
Hotel am Stephansplatz is very nice. Iíd never seen anything like it in Oregon, because Seal Rock is a very tiny village. Vienna has tall buildings with narrow streets. Thereís a cathedral thatís even higher than most buildings, right across the square (they call it a platz in German) from the hotel. From the 7th floor where we stayed, you could look out at the cathedral as it towered above everything.
Later that evening Karl took me down to the Hofburg,
the Viennese Imperial Palace. He showed me the beautiful domes and
the ornate buildings. I got to look at the sculptures up close.
I was glad I was so furry because Vienna in January is very cold.
|During our stay in Vienna, we often have a weekend free. Once
we went to Venice. Another time we went to
|After leaving Vienna, sometimes we have stopped in the
Netherlands to work with the OPCW.