Long Time, No Talk!

Hello, everybody! Guess who’s back? Sorry I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Somehow, I lost my password, and it ask for verification through my American cell phone number… The problem being, that number is unreachable at the moment, but I, for some reason, just recently received an e-mail saying I can reset my password. In conclusion, I can now blog whenever I want. I know you didn’t come here to here me babble on about my technical woes, so let’s get started on what is truly important to you: my adventures in the land of Germany.

For the past few weeks, I haven’t really done much except study as well as a couple trips here and there to Koln, Mainz, and Berlin again. As studies go, they have been going smoothly. Not too stressed out about them at the moment. What is there to be stressed about? I only have one assignment the entire semester for each of my three classes. It’s such a hassle! I don’t know how I’ve been able to keep calm these 3 months! I’m about to go insane! Despite my sarcasm, it has been pretty laid back and simple. Now, to the interesting matters: my interesting explorations around Germany starting with Koln.

I know I already went to Koln when I first arrived, but that was only a preview of what was in store. Actually, not really. All we really saw while we were there was the cathedral (with a more in depth tour nonetheless), the old city and the chocolate museum because that’s all there was really to see considering everything was destroyed in bombings during World War II. Now, the inner city is more modernized and doesn’t really takes a stand as a unique-looking city anymore. However, we were able to climb inside the spires, and let me tell you what, it was quite the view and was well worth the retched hike to the top. From there, you can see the entire city, and what it could have been. The architecture of the building are fascinating. It’s unbelievable how anyone could have built such a structure back in the 1500s. It’s unfathomable. As for the Chocolate Factory, it’s self-explanatory. It was a museum about the creation and history of chocolate. Although I am not a huge fan of chocolate, I had to have myself a taste of one of their famous chocolate cakes and boy, was it beautiful. That alone could have been well worth the entire trip to Germany. Possibly the best cake I’ve ever had.

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As for Mainz, there wasn’t a whole lot there besides dirty streets, guys rocking hard on the street corners to their music and a giant foot statue in a parking lot. To me, I consider Mainz the Detriot of Germany. Some friends and I just went there because everyone else from our group was gone, so we decided to leave as well.

See here’s the foot for you! Only part of the entire trip worth seeing!Image

Since we were so disappointed about Mainz, we headed out to Darmstadt because we heard good things about it. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, so my review of it is incomplete. I’ll just put more pictures of it so you can judge it yourself:ImageImageImageImage

Lastly, this past weekend, I went to Berlin to visit my friend Jacob from high school. I didn’t really see anything different because I really wasn’t there for sightseeing. I already saw most of what was needed to be seen last time I went with my culture class. This time, it was all about the fun and spending time with a good friend. Sometimes, that’s all you need to do. Most of the time, you don’t remember a place because of what is there and what you see, but the experiences you had while you were there. Most of the time, it’s the people who make the experience worthwhile and memorable. Traveling isn’t just about seeing new things, but also making new experiences with others. If you do that, I guarantee you will have the time of your life, and it will be a journey you will never forget.ImageImage

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Capita Berlin

As most of you should already know if you keep up with my somewhat weekly announcements, the group and I headed off to Berlin this last weekend. We all left by private bus at approximately 8:45 Thursday morning for a 6 hour bus trip. We arrived at the lovely Heart of Gold Hostel of which we were staying in for the weekend. Since my friend Jacob is studying there for the year, I decided to meet up with him at the S-Bahn station right at the corner near the hostel. He took Stewart and I to the Brandenburger Tor for there was a concert and the world’s largest karaoke show going on then. We stayed there for most of the night and had a couple drinks afterward. The next day, my group and I went on a 3 hour bus tour of the city. Berlin has much history to it. We saw sights such as Checkpoint Charlie, the East Side Gallery, Brandenburger Gate, etc. There was much to see within that three hours. After lunch, we all went to the Berlin Hohenschonhausen, the Stasi Jail in town. Total disturbing what some of the people had to go through inside this jail. Anyways after that, I met up with Jacob again as we did some bar-hopping before we headed into a party. Unfortunately, we didn’t make our way there that night considering we got lost finding our way there. Let’s just say the constructions on the rails wasn’t really working in our favor, so we instead just strolled around the city for a while. The next day (Saturday in case you lost track), our group explored the Deutscher Budestag, or Capitol Building. Much different than the one in America. Throughout the afternoon, I explored a WWII museum and visited the Holocaust Memorial with a group of people. Being there gave me a bit of a sense of discomfort, but the tour guide said that was the designers intent. Well, he did a good job at that.┬áJacob, of course, met us there at the Holocaust Memorial, and joined us for dinner. After dinner though, he headed back to his place while some from our group and I headed to a popular club in Berlin: E4. I must say, it was pretty nice having VIP access with a group of good friends for 6 hours. That, my friends, is how you party. It was a blast even if I didn’t get back to the Hostel until 5:30. I didn’t care. I had plenty of time to sleep on the bus on the way back… all 8 hours of it.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Oktoberfest 2013

Ok, as you all know, I went to Oktoberfest this weekend. A lot happened, so I’ll try to keep this as brief as I can. We left Friday around 6:49 pm for a 12 hour train ride to Munich. It was 12 hours because we had a 5 hour layover in Nuremburg at midnight. Anyways, we arrived at the hotel room at around 6:49 in the morning and slept for a couple of hours. After our nap, we arrived at Oktoberfest at around 10:00 am. We finally entered a biergarten at the Lowenbrau at approximately, 10:30. During that time, I had a few beers here and there while meeting some new friends from New Zealand and Italy. We stayed there until about 11:30 at night to head to bed for the night. Unfortunately, we lost a couple of people, so I and another person had to go search for them. Without any luck, we had to hurry back to the train station considering we only had 15 minutes until the last train left for our hotel. Eventually, we got there but arrived there just a few minutes too late, so we had to stay in the train station for 5 hours until we could catch the next train. After chatting with a Chilean girl and a couple hours of sleep, we got on a train heading out to our hotel. We didn’t arrive at our hotel til almost 7:00 am that morning. Two of us were planning on heading to Munich again around 9:30, but since one of our group members didn’t show up still, we decided to wait til he arrived. He didn’t meet us until 1:00 pm, so we ended up not going back because it was too late. It was probably a good idea considering how tired and worn out we were. Finally, we arrived back in Marburg around 9:00 pm. Despite all the struggles and long rides to and from, I can most certainly say it was well worth the trip. It certainly lived up to the hype, and I hope I can go back again some day! Well, now we’re off to Berlin (I can never catch a break, can I?)ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage