Not a lot of time to write (and I know that's a good thing, 'cuz I've been wordy) so here's a bunch of pictures.
A typical train. I think this was from Holland to Southern Germany. They are very comfy.
Scott at the Muiderslot Castle in The Netherlands.
A falcon at the castle.
This big owl had deep yellow eyes. The young man who ran the falconry told us that if an owl has black eyes, he can see (and therefore hunts) at night. With yellow eyes, they see and hunt during the day. If they have orange eyes, they can see night AND day. This guy was really beautiful!