So I told you about my mini-solo travel experience in Hong Kong. Next, it was Germany that tested me and I am grateful that they happened in the order they did. Rule #2: Always ask for help.
For months, I told my girlfriend, we'll call her Vera, who is from Germany, that I'd love to go when she goes back to visit. At every brunch we had together, she'd gush about the straight-forward people, the historic architecture, the fresh food and of course, the beer. "Let me know and I'll book my flight! I've got to have a beer with you in your stomping grounds." And finally it was happening, she was there and I was going.