One great river to another…
I desperately needed some CPD (continuous professional development) hours by the end of October, so I signed up for a seminar at the Europäische Rechtsakademie in Trier. Couple of days on the banks of the Mosel, in prime grape harvest time.
It was sure to be hard work. Well, quite hard at least.
I’ve been aware of the ERA (European Academy of Law – in English www.era.int ) for years, but this is the first time I’d decided to give it a try. I won’t bore you with the details, but it is quite a cost effective way to get my CPD. 3 hours at a course in Edinburgh would be £220. 10 hours at the ERA was €330. My flight to Hahn with Ryanair was only £50 or so, including a checked in bag, priority boarding and a reserved seat.
The quality looked good on paper. Only one way to find out.
My only previous visit to Trier was in 1970. I backpacked around that corner of Europe with 5 high school friends.
I’ve been to the area since then – Luxembourg quite often, and once enjoyed (ahem) a dinner cruise up and down the Mosel. Something to do with the Schengen Agreement – Schengen is thereabouts, where the borders of France, Germany & Luxembourg intersect. I was seated opposite a judge from the European Court of Justice and his better half. Interesting up to a point, but hardly convivial.
On this trip I had a day to myself before the hard work began, so time to look around. Even enough time to jump on the train to Luxembourg.
Friday afternoon after the seminar closed I took the train (3 trains actually) to Ingolstadt in Bavaria for the weekend. That trip was surprisingly cheap too – €70 in 1st class.
Recovery over the weekend, and then a fun journey home. A marathon journey. Train to Munich, then S-Bahn out to the airport. easyJet to Edinburgh. A bus to the park & ride in Fife, and then car home from there.
© iain taylor 2012
Footnote:- The seminar attracted 60 participants from 15 countries. I was the only Brit.