Passau 4/17/16

  
I am writing this from the middle of RezidentzPlatz the square just outside the cathedral known as the Dom. We just finished our included in the cruise walking tour which took about an hour and a half and was informative and a nice walk, according to the app on my phone just over 2 miles. It is cloudy and sprinkling a little. We were lucky in that when we got back the end of our tour to this Square we happened to hear music and choir so we went inside the church and heard a bit unfortunately on Sundays at this time of year they do not have the usual organ concert. There five organs and something like 323,842 pipes.  
I’m now back on the ship, after we stopped for coffee and strudel on our walk back. I am worried about the diet for sure!  
So far, no real complaints about the Viking experience though some things are a bit incongruous.
The waiters use some sort of smart phone device to take orders but one has to stop at reception to ask for a paper card when you leave the ship and turn it back in when you return so they know you’re back on board. So rather than on a sea cruise where your key card not only opens your door and is the security device on and off the ship and is what you pay for drinks with, here they use paper forms for drinks. Very strange. 
Second, the published itinerary never listed specific times instead saying “in the afternoon” or “after dinner” when listing departures or excursions. That grated on the planner in me since it made it difficult to figure out what to do for our free time. This is particularly so since based on the “program director’s” talk last evening, they have it pretty well timed for the whole week. But the real kicker is that we apparently are not even following what we were told. Mike had our afternoon here in Passau planned since we weren’t supposed to leave “late afternoon” but turns out we depart at lunch????
But I am looking forward to an afternoon of river cruising this afternoon. 

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