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Picturesque Germany

Tubingen. This is everything and more that I thought Germany would be. It was a 45-minute bus ride from the Stuttgart airport. My friend is a German major and living there the entire school year and was a great host. I was there for a day in between Berlin and Munich and then there for a half a day after Munich before flying back to London. We didn’t really do much but walk around and that was more than enough.

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A GLOBE STORE

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Some traditional German food.

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Spaghetti ice cream!!!

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We went back to my friend’s apartment but on the way bought a bunch of cheap German beers from the grocery store for our own authentic German beer tasting.

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For dinner we walked over to this farm about 10 minutes away to get some sides for our Schweine Schnitzel. At first when we rolled up I was a little sketched out about the whole situation… it looked like the Chain Saw Massacre plantation in the middle of a small German town.

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Once we got closer and my eyes adjusted the place was actually quite cute. There were tons of cats and farm life. They had a store but also a 24 hour vending machine outside of it. Meat, cheese, all of it!

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Like c’mon… they even dyed them. So cute.

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Side notes: that was the best goat cheese I have ever had. I’m not kidding, we went back the next day because I had to get more of this wonderful smoothy gem. Also, the items did not drop. There was a bar that came out so the eggs would be fine when they were brought to you.

Not only could you buy all your farm food needs through vending machines in Germany but you could also return your glass bottles back like a vending machine. But, instead you were putting in your bottles to get back money (reverse vending machine). I actually found this so incredibly amazing… I don’t know why more places don’t invest in such things. The recycling rate in Germany has to be higher than any other country that I’ve visited anyway.

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That was all of our adventures on the first day I was there. The second time was a half day before my flight back to London. We just hung out and walked back through the town and down to the bridge with that original picturesque river side house before I had to leave the charming place.

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Deutschland or Dutchland?

From Berlin I flew to Stuttgart. My friend was studying abroad in a tiny town 45 minutes from the airport. I’m going to skip that for now since I was there the last day and go straight to Munich. We took the bus directly from Tubingen to Munich and it took about 3 hours for about 24 euros each round trip. We made one huge mistake: everything, EVERYTHING is closed on Sundays. The day consisted of a lot of wandering around sightseeing. We also made a huge observation: Pennsylvania really is Dutchland. It’s known as that because there’s a huge Pennsylvania Dutch population back home (they’re really Deutsch but there was a translation error at some point in the past). Everything from the woodlands to the decor of the few open restaurants was something plucked right out of my area back home.

We walked from the bus station into town and saw some things along the way… I’m the worst and couldn’t name one.

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That I do know is the Bavarian National Museum. It was only one euro on Sunday so at least that had it’s perk. The museum was just a lot of dead Jesus’s, ugly babies, and a few women holding the ugly babes. These were my two personal favorites:

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After that we walked next door to the English Gardens. They were so pretty despite the time of year. It was just tons and tons of people out with their dogs and loved ones hanging out. The atmosphere was the utmost excellent. Also, at one part of the river that goes through the park there was a mound  set up to create a big wave for a group surfing. It was freezing and they were extremely talented.

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We continued to walk around and find things. Like this arch in the distance, because you aren’t a real European city unless you have an arch.

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We also found a massive St. Patrick’s Day jamboree taking place.

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We continued on in search of a nice German bar to sit and hang out for our last few hours. This is much harder than it sounds. As I mentioned before, most things were closed due to it being a Sunday. All the tourist bars were open but extremely over priced and packed. The beer gardens I read about were not nearly what I expected, they were no Austin, Texas beer gardens to say the least. We did eventually find the Hofbrauhaus and I got some terrible pictures.. It was the only open gift shop in the entire city of Munich (I am not exaggerating, I looked very hard).

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We finally settled on the cutest little place. It was kind of like “Mom’s Dutch Kitchen” (a restaurant in my hometown) but actually good and the real deal. There were even rifles on the wall… you do not see that in Europe… ‘MERICA

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Speaking again of home, here’s a picture on the bus ride. I honestly would think this was taken in PA if I hadn’t taken it myself… EXACT SAME FORESTRY.

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Anyway, all in all I liked Munich a whole lot better (minus the whole being closed thing). It was a lot happier of a place and really had a very cute atmosphere. I don’t really feel like I need to go back, but seriously this is what I got to stare at all day and not be able to go into…

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the 1984 set

I had a four day adventure to Germany last weekend that started in Berlin. I would just like to start by saying that the airport in Berlin was extremely touristy… maybe even worse than the Eiffel Tower. For example:

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I got into Berlin pretty easily on the bus. Before I even really got in I got my first Deutsch treat… so yummy.

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I checked into my hostel (Womabt’s, it was good) and started to explore Berlin. I started with the East Side Berlin wall gallery. Now “gallery” means it’s just what’s left standing of the wall with all the art. It’s not the conventional indoor gallery. Do not be like the Americans I heard asking the merchants where the “gallery” was when they were standing there staring at the wall. (face palm)

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Old German men playing betting games along the wall…IMG_3531

Across the river was gorgeous also…

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Boat hostel!?

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After the wall I wondered around a bit and went to the Charlottenburg Palace. While I was walking there I ran into this large German man walking four chihuahuas. It was adorable and he let me play with them…

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It was late so I didn’t get to go inside, but the outside as you can see was gorgeous. After that I walked around and just kind of explored near the palace and the area around the zoo.

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So I’m not sure the affiliation with Berlin and bears but it was pretty prevalent all over the city. It was actually a cute unifying thing that I really enjoyed. After that I walked through a big part of the Tiergarten to the Bradenburg Gate. I do not recommend this, it is a lot bigger than it looks and I ended up walking a lot more than I was hoping to….

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Berlin TV tower…

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I passed the cathedral on the bus too, which was gorgeous.

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I ended up passing a lot on the public transportation and seeing a lot of Berlin without really having to go there. (unable to really catch pictures)

Final opinion: I do not like Berlin. Despite the pictures that I’ve shown, it was so dark and gloomy. A lot of the housing and buildings looked exactly how I imagined the entire setting of 1984. A lot of the buildings were just cement with windows. It was like a cleaned up newer version of a lot of the old Polish ghettos I saw in the Krakow old town. It was incredibly sad and just so depressing. There was no question about there having been a war there. The entire city gave me a very bad vibe and really killed my whole aura. I even ended up breaking out in random hives at the end of the night so I just went home to bed. It was weird, don’t let me turn one off… it’s a bustling lively city with a lot going on. It just wasn’t for me.