So, last year I was asked to lead an English Seminar in Köln (Cologne) for a group of Bank Auditors. It sounded pretty daunting, but like a challenge I couldn't pass up. They were scheduled for two days (Fri and Sat) every month for a year, so it was a pretty big committment. The group ended up being really nice - we started with 6 men and were down to 4 within a few months (it wasn't me though :) , their work environment doesn't seem to be so great and so there is a high turnover). I scraped together audit cases and we worked our way through them - not the most entertaining of seminars I've ever given surely, but they didn't give me much to work with.
At any rate, they decided to continue this year, so here I am again up in Köln for a Friday night. Köln is only about a 1 1/2 train ride from Mainz (on the fast train) so it would be doable to go home in the evening, but one 6:09 train on Friday morning is enough for me. It's nice to "sleep in" on Saturday and have breakfast in the hotel. I have taken advantage of the English movie theater here in the city a few times and saw "Becoming Jane" and "Atonement" last year. I had a routine of going and eating sushi (yummmm - salmon nigri!), but I guess I won't be doing that this time :) Tonight I am going to walk around a bit, scrape something together for dinner and head to my hotel for a night of reading and being mad that nothing good is on TV.