I’m so sorry it has taken so long for me to post an update. With travel plans, bad wifi, and finals week at school I haven’t had much time to sit and write about my experiences.
Since I last posted I’ve been to Berlin, Innsbruck, and Munich. I’ve also completed 2 final presentations, taken exams, and planned a very exciting week of travel.
Berlin was amazing. I went with four really good friends that I’ve made here in Verona and had a blast. We managed to see the Berlin Wall, eat a lot of bratwursts, explore the city and even spend a day at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
The trip didn’t completely go as planned. An incident involving a key being forgotten led to us maneuvering our way into the apartment we were staying in via the window. Luckily we had an engineer with us.
A few of my favorite highlights of the trip included going up into the Fernsehturm, a giant needle like tower in the heart of Berlin (think the Seattle Needle), watching the sunset at a beautiful rooftop bar, and experiencing the impact of the history at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
Coming back to Verona after such a great weekend was rough but, I knew I would have another great adventure at the end of the week. This past weekend, I went to Innsbruck, Austria and even had time for a day trip to Munich.
Austria is probably one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. On the train ride there I met a couple from Texas who quickly took my friend and I under their wings when we realized we didn’t have seat numbers on our tickets. Meeting new people and having conversations in the most unexpected places makes me so happy. It’s moments like that where you learn a lot about the world. They were the cutest couple, celebrating their 35 wedding anniversary. In my mind I will always refer to them as my train parents. Haha
Once we actually made it to Innsbruck, I was awestruck by the Alps sourounding the city. Hiking in the Alps has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember so I quickly jumped on the opportunity and I would go back in a heart beat.
Munich was rainy at first and the day seemed like a bust…until we found the Hofbräuhaus. You can’t go to Munich and not go to the famous Hofbräuhaus. We waited out the rain with pretzels and beer. Once the weather cleared up we explored the city. We soon realized that seeing all of Munich on foot in one day would be impossible which lead to us finding a Segway tour.
Our tour guide, Tex, resembled Willy Nelson and constantly chewed a cigar. I wasn’t too sure about our decision; I definitely thought I would die. However, I was very very wrong. Our 2 hour tour ended up being close to 4. It was probably the most fun I’ve had in a long time, even with everyone pointing in laughing at the Americans on segways.
After the tour our second tour guide, Stevo, a nice Irish native, took us to the oldest bier hall in Munich. I normally don’t like Barvarian food but, the sourkrout and sausage was amazing.
Now, I sit in my empty apartment as I mentally prepare myself for a 3am bus ride to the airport where I will board a plane to Madrid.
I will keep you updated on my adventures as much as possible!