Since I got such good advice from the forum before my trip, I thought I would post a trip report of how things went. I warn you that my trip reports are generally quite long, and I try to put in practical details that my help future travelers who read them. The main reason I write them, however, is that I like to reread them later so I can feel like I'm going on the trip all over again.
This is my first trip to Germany, and I have minimal German speaking capabilities. I took 3 years of German in school, but since daily life in the US does not provide many opportunities to speak German and it's been many years since said school, I find I have forgotten almost all of it. In a way that's worse than when I went to Italy, which seems odd as I have yet to encounter someone who doesn't speak English here, but had that happen a lot in Italy, and I speak no Italian at all. I think maybe it's because I feel like I should be able to speak German but I can't. Anyway, on to the trip report. I'll post each day as a response to this thread, since I think that makes it easier to read than one long post. Besides, I'm writing it as I go along, so I'll post each day as I get it written.