Top 5 Christmas Markets to visit in Germany

It’s Christmas Market season in Germany right now which means that famous city centres all around the country are lit up and decorated  for about 1-4 weeks of Pre-Christmas Celebrations.

I have been living in Germany since my birth and I have spent almost every winter at my hometown, often going to Christmas markets around the place.

I haven’t been at every Christmas market, so this list is a mixture of the ones I have been to and the ones I would like to visit one day.

The order has no significance whatsoever:

1. Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market Stuttgart):

Source: stuttgarter-weihnachtsmarkt.de

The first part of the Christmas market in Stuttgart starts in the middle of the shopping street Königstraße, and it goes on into the market square which is actually quite big and very beautiful.

Source: stuttgart-tourist.de

Dates: 23.11.-23-12.2016

Opening Hours: 
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9pm
Friday – Saturday:     10am – 10pm
Sunday:                        11am –  9pm
Opening Day (November23rd): 5pm – 9pm
Shopping Night (December 17th): 10am – 10.30pm

Location: Marktpl., 70174 Stuttgart

2. Esslinger Mittelalter – und Weihnachtsmarkt (Middle age and Christmas Market Esslingen):

Source: bahn.de

This one is a very special Christmas Market. It is sprawled through the old city of Esslingen and one part consists of a middle age market with torches that light up the streets, dishes and snacks from that time, antique clothing pieces and activities like archery.

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Dates: 22.11. – 22.12.2016

Opening Hours: 
Opening Day (November 22nd): 5pm – 8.30pm
Daily: 11am – 8.30pm
Closing Day (December 22nd): 11am – 6pm

Location:  Rathauspl., 73728 Esslingen am Neckar

3. Dresdner Striezelmarkt (Christmas Market Dresden):

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Dresden is actually a city I have never been to, but would like to visit. The perfect combination for a city trip would thus be in December I guess.
In general, you can never do anything wrong with visiting Germany during December, because it is one of the most beautiful months to meet this country.

Dates: 24.11. – 24-12.2016

Opening hours: 
Daily: 10am – 9pm
Opening Day (November 24th) 4am – 9pm
Sternstunden (December 9th) 10am – 11pm
Closing Day (December 24th) 10am – 2pm

Location: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden

4. Nürnberger Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market Nürnber):

Source: stadtarchive-metropolregion-nuremberg.de

Nürnberg might as well be called the hometown of Christmas markets and Ginger bread. As a huge ginger bread fanatic, this Christmas Market is on my to-be-visited list, and should be on yours as well if you wanna come to Germany during Christmas-market season.

Source: bayern.by

Dates: 25.11. – 24.12.2016

Opening Hours: 
Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 9pm
Christmas Eve 24.12.:10 am – 2 pm

Location:  Hauptmarkt, 90022 Nürnberg

5. Frankfurter Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market Frankfurt):

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I have been to Frankfurt so many times, but I was never lucky enough to be there during the Christmas Market. Although Frankfurt is a very metropolitan city with skycrapers, it didn’t lose its historical side either.

Dates: 23.11.-22.12.2016

Opening Hours: 
Monday-Saturday: 10 am – 9pm
Sunday                       11 am  – 9pm

Location: Römerberg, Paulsplatz, Mainkai, Hauptwache, Friedrich-Stoltze-Platz

I hope you enjoyed this little blog post about the Top 5 Christmas Markets in Germany where you can sip on some Glühwein (mulled wine) and eat some german delicacies.

Have you ever been to a Christmas Market in Germany or somewhere else? Did you like it? What was your highlight?

Thanks for reading,

And Travel Well!

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Thursday, June 4th 2015 – Friday, June 5th 2015: Frankfurt, Germany to Ningbo, China

hat day we prepared to leave for Frankfurt with my father and my mother. My sister and brother couldn’t join us because they had to work the other day. When I had to said goodbye to my sister it really was an emotional moment. She suddenly started crying and I had tears in my eyes as well but I held them back and started to laugh because I didn’t expect that :D
Well, after that teary goodbye we entered the car and made us on our way.
When we finally arrived in Frankfurt we visited some family friends who live nearby. We had dinner with them and visited them for the last time to say goodbye. My father was getting sadder and sadder after each hour that passed.
It was the first time that I had been to the airport in Frankfurt. It is quite big since it is the biggest in Europe, but I didn’t lose my way once. It really was easy to find. Well, before I got to the gates I had to say goodbye to my parents and our family friends. I think I will never ever forget this moment in my life because it really was one of the saddest moments, but also one of the moments in which I realized how much I am being loved :’) Before, I have seen my father cry only once and it was when his mother died. This time was the second time I saw him cry and I felt so sorry and it really made it so hard for me to leave :’/
My mother seems to be stronger than my father. She was sad as well and had tears in her eyes, too, but she didn’t cry.
Well, after I managed to calmly get pass the passport control I searched my gate. I had to walk a little bit longer because it was at the very end of the floor. I had a view on the plane I was going to fly with and it looked huge. I have never been in such a big plane. When I entered the plane I noticed that it has 2 floors. I didn’t have to go upstairs, but I was happy that my seat wasn’t way in the back but just right on the wing. I sat next to two guys who had to stand up to let me in because I had my seat next to a window seat. One of the guys who was sitting right next to me was watching some chinese TV show on his ipad mini all the time, Holding the screen so close to his face that it almost touched :’D He already wore glasses and I thought that it was no wonder xD
Well, anyway, the plane started to take off and after that I watched Whiplash. I was a bit disappointed by the movie. It was hyped quite a lot but I found it quite boring.
They served food in the middle of the movie. It wasn’t that bad but there was a chocolate cake and OMG that was perhaps the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten *o*
After I had also finished the movie at about after midnight I decided to sleep a little bit which was very uncomfortable. I have problems with sleeping on planes. I think it is the most uncomfortable place to sleep in. I always woke up and once or twice I woke up from the turbulences which frightened me out of my sleep.
Well, at about 4pm we should land in Hong Kong. Until then I also watched an episode of Sherlock Holmes which I liked better than Whiplash.
When the plane finally prepared for landing I had a beautiful view of hong kong. I definitely have to visit that city once before I return back to Germany.
Hong Kong Airport is meant to be huge but I had no problems finding my way around at all. On my way to my gate I also saw the stewardesses of Fly Emirates who looked so beautiful in their arabic style uniforms. Apart from models and actresses, being a stewardess is an occupation I really admire. They are always so beautiful and dressed in nice uniforms, they are friendly and handy and get to travel to many places. As a kid I wanted to be a stewardess as well. But I don’t know why I gave that up. I think because they don’t earn so much.
Well anyway, I looked for my gate in Hong Kong but it wasn’t known yet. I asked at the information desk and they told me that it would be announced after 5pm. So I walked around a little bit and looked at all the shops.

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Soon I found a place to sit

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When my gate was announced, I started to walk into the direction of it. I had to walk quite a bit and then I had to take the bus to the gate :’D in that moment I realised how big that airport was.
I have to say that I really liked Dragonair. It had no turbulences at all and the food was really good. I had a rice dish with chicken and they served green tea.
My flight had a delay of 1 hour so I landed at 9pm instead of 8pm. And until I got out of the Passport control which was a long procedure I had to wait for my suitcase a while although most were already out and I was really afraid that they had lost my luggage but finally it came out and I got out. I saw Chris, the guy who should pick me up and we took a taxi to go to the hotel he had organized for me. I had to stay there for one night and the next day Chris would pick me up again and take me to Yuyao, the place I was supposed to teach.
The hotel room was nice but I think the drainpipes were stinking a bit. And then therr was a guy and a woman having an argument when I decided to go to sleep.
Anyway, it was a long trip and I was quite excited for the next days which I can promise were not boring at all :’D

Berlin Calling: April 10th 2015

Hi Guys! I have to apologize for not having blogged for ages, but I was quite busy the last few weeks with my bachelor thesis. I handed it in 2 weeks ago. I am planning writing sessions for the next few days and weeks. However I also had a few problems with wordpress with uploading pictures because my gallery is full, so I have to empty it, and I guess that will take a few hours :'( But when I am finished, I will post the rest of my planned blog posts.

Well, anyway. In the middle of the month, I went to Berlin with my sister to visit our friend Jasmina. We stayed at her house and on Monday Jasmina and me went to the Purity Ring concert. But before that we had a weekend with lots of fun and food.

When my sister and me arrived at the airport on Friday, Jasmina picked us up and together, we took the bus and then the train to her apartmenet. She lives in Friedrichshain, near the East Side Gallery, so she is quite central. She also has to walk to the train station for only about 5 minutes, and next to her flat she has an indian and an arabic restaurant. Quite cool!

When she picked us up, we left our stuff at her flat and immediately went out to eat something. Two of her friends joined us, too. We went to a japanese restaurant called Hashi and it was sooooo goood!!!!! <3

I had two suhsi plates and some takoyaki. I tried them for the first time and they were quite delicious.

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After dinner, we wanted to go to a bar to drink something, but the bar had a huge queue, so we decided to go to a park and drink a beer or something. When we got there, the park was quite empty. Jasmina’s friends had recommended this, and my sister, Jasmina and I decided not to stay too long. We drank our beer in a hurry and then left for the train.

Still, it was a good day with delicious food.
The next posts about this trip will be a little more detailed of course :)

Thanks for reading.

Bout of Books Day 5: Cover Color Challenge

Most of the bout of books readathon is already done, and I thought I should participate more in the challenges. This one sounds fun. It is hosted by wishfulendings.

And here are the rules:

Instructions:

1. You must be a Bout of Books participant to enter.

2. Pick a color(s). (I’ve picked black and purple, because there were four books like that I found on my shelves, and then green, because it’s my favorite color, below as examples.)

3. Find four books with covers almost completely in that color/those colors (they need to be at least 2/3 similar – basically they need to match or be the same color – i.e. all green’s, all yellow’s, or match like the black and purple ones below).
4. List the books somewhere (blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) or paste the pictures of the books online in a post on your blog or on another site. (You can also list the books in comments.) Simply, I just need to know what books you picked so I can check your entry. Obviously we’d love it to be a picture, but not everyone can do that and it isn’t required for this challenge or to enter the giveaway.

5. I’d love you to use @boutofbooks and #covercolorchallenge if you share on Twitter.

6. Then come back here and leave a link in the comments below to where you posted (so we can all see) and in the Rafflecopter for the giveaway (if you left a note in comments and didn’t post somewhere then you can just state that and leave the name you commented under instead of leaving a link in the Rafflecopter).

7. You can use Goodreads listopia if you need some help finding similar-colored covers. :)

Alright, I have chosen the colors Purple and blue, and here are the books I have found:

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Harry Potter Exhibition Cologne 2014

Now finally it’s time for this post!

Last week, on Saturday the 4th of October 2014 my two friends Pina and Susi, and me of course, went to Cologne. Our train left at 7.26 am from Stuttgart train station. At about 11 am we should arrive in Cologne. Fortunately, our journey was without any problems. We talked a lot in the train, especially nerdy Harry Potter talk. While in the train, we passed many beautiful landscapes as we approached the Rhein area. I have never been to western Germany before, so I also have never been to Cologne. I have heard different things from many people who liked it and also from people who didn’t like it. My friend Susi has already been there and told us that the people were so direct and open.

We arrived at about 11 am in Cologne. The train station was directly next to the Dome of Cologne, so we started taking pictures and selfies.

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After that, we went inside the dome and looked at the inside architecture of this gigantic building.

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While we were inside, they called for prayer, but a few minutes after that, they told us visitors that we had to go out of the dome, because they were closing now.

So after that we walked through the shopping street a little bit. It was a bit small,but we found a Kiko shop and went inside. My friend Pina even bought some things.

After that, we went to look for a restaurant to eat. Plus, we also wanted to drink Kölsch, the beer typical for Cologne.

Soon we found a german restaurant. I ate sausage and potato salad (very typical german indeed). And we all drank two glasses of Kölsch (the glasses are really tiny, like test tubes)

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The weather was beautiful. Sunny and warm. We sweated while sitting outside, because the midday sun was shining directly on our heads, so we took off our jackets and pullovers :D

When we finished eating, we went to look for a nice place to sit. Soon, we found a big lawn behind the dome with a view to the Rhein. It really was a beautiful place.

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We sat down on the lawn and talked a little bit while enjoying the sun. At about 2.30 pm we slowly walked to the train station to check out which train to take to the Odysseum where the Harry Potter exhibition should take place. We had to search in the internet a bit, but we found it finally. At about 3:15 we arrived at the Odysseum. We saw many people with Harry Potter bags walking around, and we already got super excited.

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We soon entered the building. Our tour was at 4:15 pm. At 3:45 we already waited in front of the doors. We also took our Audio Guides. They really were a good investment.

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When we finally were allowed to go inside, we queued at first for a photo shooting. We were allowed to wear scarves (Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, or Hufflepuff, Slytherin was somehow not included), and we could also choose a wand to pose with *o* Of course we had to give them back after the photo was taken. But omg, it was sooo awesome!

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Yeaaahy Yeahy!!! I am a proud Hufflepuff! BTW: The background was a green screen. When we wanted to buy the photo, we could decide upon a background. There were about 9 different backgrounds to chose from. We took the Hogwarts Express, because the other backgrounds looked a bit unrealistic :D

After this first excitement we had to wait in front of another door. Soon, we were allowed inside and there it was: THE SORTING HAT! And the guy who stood there and put the hat on our heads was very handsome. Unfortunately, only 3 or 4 people were chosen by him to try on the hat. But at least our friend Susi has managed to be chosen :D

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She was chosen into Slytherin, but it was her wish :D

After that, we were led into another room full with screens. I think 7 or 8 screens. On the screens they showed us different scenes from the movies cut together. I got goosebumps and tears in my eyes. It really was amazing to see all those scenes cut so perfectly together. Real Harry Potter fans will definitely enjoy even this simple thing.

After this was over, the door behind us opened, and we saw the real Hogwarts Express *o* :’) Unfortunately, everything went so fast, so I could only get a glimpse on the Express. But it was sooo beautiful <3

Now, the Exhibition began. I will show you the course of the Tour with the pictures I have taken .

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Left Side: Neville’s and Luna’s clothes and stuff Right Side: Hermione’s clothes and stuff
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Ron’s clothes, stuff, especially Chudley Cannons, and his bed at his Hogwarts dorm. Can you believe it that Rupert Grint himself slept inside that bed… *o*
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Harry’s clothes and stuff, together with the Marauder’s Map
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I must not tell lies
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Gilderoy Lockhart’s clothes, his book Magical Me, and a Pixie
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Me in front of the boggart :D And of course the cupboard with the boggart inside
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The dragon egg
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The potions book of the Half Blood Prince
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Snape vs Slughorn :)
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Me and the Mandrake :D This was the first interactive station where we could touch things :D It was soooo cool! But the Mandrake really was quite heavy to lift o.O
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Professor Trelawney’s clothes and things. Do you see the Grim?
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Quidditch costumes from different players including: Madame Hooch, Malfoy, Harry, Ron, Cedric, Krum
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Firebolts
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Here it is! The Quidditch part where we could throw around with Quaffles to score :D
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Here we go!
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I love this photo :’D I scored! I could really be a good Chaser ;)
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Buckbeak <3
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We needed a group picture in front of buckbeak :)
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Hagrid’s clothes and things including the Monster book of Monsters.
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Me in Hagrid’s Hut :)
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The creatures of the Forbidden Forest :) It was quite dark there, so excues the bad quality of the photos
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You might know whose clothes these are ;)
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The Philosopher’s Stone
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Kreacher <3
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The graveyard scene *o* I loooove Bellatrix’ clohtes. And can you see Nagini next to Voldemort’s costume on the right side of the picture?
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The Horcruxes <3 This station was probably my favorite one
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Newspaper articles
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The costumes for Bill and Fleur’s wedding. From left to right: Ron, Hermione, Luna, Xenophilius
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Neville’s clohtes and the sword of Gryffindor
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Ron’s, Hermione’s and Harry’s clothes at “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”
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The Great Hall *o*
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Fred and George’s clothes and their Skiving- and Snackboxes :’D Do you see the Puking Pastills on the bottom left of the picture? The green and purple ones :D
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Fleur’s and Krum’s costumes, and the Goblet of Fire
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SWEETS!
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The Yule Ball costumes
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The Triwizard Cup, The name sheets of the Champions, Anti-Potter Buttons, and the book about Dumbledore.
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Sirius’ and Tonks’ clothes and wands
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Dobby <3
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The Deathly Hallows: The Elder Wand, The Stone of Resurrection, The Invisibility Cloak
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Dumbledore’s and McGonnagall’s costumes
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Fawkes <3
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This is inside the Fanshop. There you can see the wands you could buy. I didn’t buy a wand, because I wouldn’t know what to do with it :’D
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After we went outside of the shop, and shortly before going out of the Odysseum, we saw Umbridge :’D Of course not the real one, but a young and beautiful version of her. And of course, a nicer version :D

At about 6pm we were outside. We still had about 1-2 hours until our train left from Cologne to Stuttgart. So we went to a Starbucks in front of the Dome and drank something.

At 8pm our train left to Frankfurt. It was so fast, the train was driving with 300 km/h. We had a pressure in our ears during the whole 1-hour-ride. But we couldn’t withstand trying out the Bertie Botts every-flavour Beans :D It was funny. I had earthworm, and it tasted quite good :’D My friend Pina had vomit I think :’D And she nearly vomitted xD My friend Susi had soap I think. Still, we didn’t dare going on trying somehow :D

When we arrived in Frankfurt though, our train to Stuttgart was late, and we were recommended to take a different train. This one would arrive 20 minutes later, so we waited at the train station. The train that arrived was to Mannheim. From there, we should then take another train to Stuttgart. However, our train to Mannheim also arrived 20 minutes too late in the train station, so we thought that we had missed our Stuttgart train. We were almost having a nervous breakdown in the train. When we finally arrived in Mannheim, we went to look at the schedule, and we were relieved to see that our Stuttgart train was still late. It should arrive about 20 minutes later, but then 20 minutes turned into 30 minutes. We went to McDonald’s to eat something. Then we went outside to wait, together with many other annoyed travellers. Finally, our train arrived at about midnight, and at 1 am we finally arrived at Stuttgart train station. We should have actually arrived at 11 pm. We arrived 2 hours too late. Pina’s parents, and Susi’s and my sister were getting worried, and texted us incessantly. At 2 am, I finally was home. And the first thing I did was taking a haul-photo :’D

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That’s what I bought: The sweets (Bertie Botts Beans, Jelly Slugs, Chocolate Frog): Each 5€ Harry Potter Marauder Mug: 20€ Elder Wand Pen: 20€ Pullover: 55€ The Pullover is the most expensive, but it is my most favorite item :)

It really was such a great, fun, magical, awesome, overwhelming day to be able to visit this Exhibition. Unfortunately, everything happened too fast, and it was soon over already :(

But I am still happy that I was able to go there and visit the Exhibition, as well as to see a new beautiful city :)

Thanks for reading!

Korean Food, Indie Party, Turkish Breakfast

Reading this title, you might wonder whether I have been to Seoul, London, and Istanbul consecutively. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money for that, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you can visit one of the most international cities in Germany, and obviously the most central city of Europe, Frankfurt :)

I have stopped counting how often I have already been to FFM (Frankfurt am Main), but every time I visit that city, I see and experience new things. This time, we went to visit ouf friend Giulia who is doing an internship at Nintendo there. Of course we couldn’t walk into the Nintendo company, that’s not allowed for visitors, but they are closed at the weekend anyway :) So, my friend had free time to pick us up and spend some time with us. At first, we went to take a snack with us from Simit Saray, a turkish bakery chain that sells ring shaped sesame pastry, and different kinds of sandwiches and samosas as well. With our snacks, we went to sit next to the Main river in order to chat, eat and relax.

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The sandwich was super tasty, and I love fritz limo drinks <3

A friend from Giuli also joined us later. Her name is Agne, and she also does an internship at Nintendo together with Giulia. She is from England, so I loved her accent. She brought strawberries, orange juice and beer, and we got to know each other as well. It was a nice afternoon by the river Main. It also was quite nice observing the surfers and boats passing us by :)

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And there were some funny animals

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I don’t know what kind of birds these are, but they also swim in the river :)

After staying by the river from about 2-5pm, we parted with Agne to go Giuli’s flat so that we could put our bags into her room and prepare for the korean restaurant. It is close to where she lives. We could even walk there :)

When we entered the restaurant, the owner already awaited us because Giuli told him before that she would bring guests. She is already a regular there :’D

We ordered Bibimbap, and one Zap Chae (glass noodles) into the middle. That was quite a lot to eat, because we also got free soup and a lot of garnish as you can see on this photo.

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The free garnish :) Kimchi is also included in it. It wasn’t that spicy actually.
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My bibimbap, the zap chae and campari orange in the background :)
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The whole table :’D

We were so full afterwards! There is a lot of green food in the korean cuisine, but also a lot of meat and spicy things. The meat was too fatty for my taste I have to admit, but you can also order a bibimbap without the meat. Next time, I will do that I think. There is also a hot spice in the dish, but you have to mingle the dish properly, then it won’t be too spicy :) I really liked the Bibimbap, but I somehow couldn’t get to like the Zap Chae. The noodles felt and tasted quite slimy. And the vegetables are mostly cooked without oil or anything. That’s why koreans often put hot spice into their dishes to give them taste. Although it is quite healthy to cook vegetables without adding any oil, it can taste like nothing if you don’t like spicy so much. The soup was a seaweed soup with octopus tentacles in it, so I didn’t touch it. I don’t like soups in general. The only soup I like is lentils soup. And I don’t like seaweed so much neither. The restaurant was pricey, but all korean restaurants are. The food was plenty, we couldn’t finish everything, although we were 3 people, but the Bibimbap is worth another go, but without meat for the next time :D

After we paid and wanted to set off, the owner called us back and offered us some honeydew melon *o* that was sooo yummy!!

While we were eating, the Germany worldcup match was also playing. When we wanted to go to the public viewing, the streets were quite empty. We met Agnes on the way as well, and when we finally arrived at the public viewing, we made it to the more exciting second half.

Unfortunately, Germany didn’t win that day, but it was a draw. After the game, we went to a club named Zoom. That club was literally playing my playlist! At first, they rather began with 90s R’n’B and Indie Pop. But soon they played some awesome Rock songs from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and MGMT. My sister disliked the club at first, and was hanging on her phone all the time which annoyed me a lot. But soon they played a lot of Hip Hop. Towards the end, they even played Drake and The Weeknd *o* I really loooveeed loved loved that club so much!!!

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We arrived at Giuli’s flat at about 6 am, and had to wake up after 4 hours again :’D Our bus would leave at 1 pm, so we could have some time for breakfasting at Simit Saray. We had fried eggs with Sucuk (a turkish garlic sausage)

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Awww godddd!! It looks so yummy! I am getting hungry again!! One meal, including the fried eggs with sucuk, the sesame rings, and tea, cost exactly 5€. That’s fairly okay :) The taste was amazing! You definitely have to have turkish breakfast here if you appear to visit Simit Saray :)

The weekend, or rather the Saturday in Frankfurt was great fun! We met a lot of new people, and had a great time partying and eating ;D

Looking forward for the next trip for Frankfurt :)

Thanks for reading!

19.04. – 21.04.2014: Weekend in Büdingen, Hessen.

Last week we went to our family friends to visit the mother because she had a brain operation one week before. We drove on Saturday, at about 2 or 3 pm, and were happy to see her in her normal condition again. The only difference was a patch of shaved hair on her head, but it is only seen if looked closely.

We arrived in the evening. We have also prepared some food and took there with us, so they wouldn’t need to cook anything for us. The first evening was rather eventless. We played with the dogs, and I read some books. The next day was Easter Sunday. We wanted to walk through the city, because it was so sunny. First, we went to eat ice cream. My sister and I ordered an ice-cream cup with fruits, but the cup tasted like vomit :S

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After we finished with eating and drinking, we walked around the town. It is a rather old town with many historic buildings.

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Do you see the squirrel on the picture? It is climbing up very fast :’D While I shot this photo I didn’t realize there was a squirrel on the tree. Only when I edited the photo I realized that there was an animal on the photo :’D What a lucky shot!

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As we walked around, we saw a museum that displays miniature vehicles. So we went in to have a look. It was for free.

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After walking around a little bit, we got tired and thirsty, so we went to the Jerusalemer Tor to drink something in the Biergarten. On the way back we saw this cute Irish Pub.

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My brother ordered a Pils, and Pelin ordered a Cappuccino. Me and my sister ordered a Hessen Hugo. Hugo is a drink that is usually mixed with bubbly, mint leaves, and elderflower syrup. It is a tasty drink which is usually drunk during warmer days. The Hessen Hugo is mixed with cider instead of bubbly. It tastes good as well, although I like the normal one a bit more, because it is a bit more refreshening.

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My brother and me :)

In the evening, we wanted to go to the cinema first, because it was Pelin’s sister’s birthday the next day, but of course, we had this idea just at 10 pm, and we wouldn’t make it to the next screening. So we stayed at home, watched a movie and played games. It was fun, too.

The next day we prepared for the ride back home. The weather was warm and sunny in Hessen, but as soon as we reached Stuttgart it began to rain. When we got home I got ready again to go to my friend’s birthday party. It has been a few weeks since the last time I saw her. She was in Spain during the semester vacations, and before that we had exam stress (Well, I wasn’t too stressed out last semester :’D). But it was nice to catch up.

I realized that there are still a lot of sights to see in Germany :’D In October I am going to Köln for one day with an old friend from my high school days. Why? There is the Harry Potter Exhibition Tour!!! *o* There are displaying requisites from the movies. So, similar to the WB Studio Tours. Maybe those objects are actually from London, and are “touring” Europe :’D I am not so sure yet. I have to get informed a bit more until then, but I am soooo excited!!!! And I also have never been to Köln, so it will be the first time.

What about you? Are there still cities in your home country you still have to visit?

Thanks for reading.

Working in Augsburg: Day 5, Friday 13.September.2013 – Early Return

The morning started with packing the last things in my suitcase and finally a decent breakfast. We had more bread now, different kinds of cheese, and, FINALLY Nutella! How I’ve missed it in only a few days. I ate two slices of bread and then I got my suitcase and backpack and slowly went outside. The others arrived as well after a few minutes. Before, I asked Michael about my Malteser pass, and he told me that I could keep it :) Now I have it as a remembrance.

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After everyone was outside, we waited for Michael. He overslept and was grumbling over Vera why she didn’t wake him up earlier. He was now moving downstairs to the room of Kim and Vera. When he finally was ready we walked to the cars and put everything inside. I enjoyed the car ride today because I didn’t think about working now. Nevertheless I was bothered with the trains, but I looked for the next trains to Stuttgart. I was relieved to see that there was a train every hour.

Arriving at the train station, Michael even asked if I will have to wait long for my next train. If so, I could come with them to the booth at first instead of waiting at the train station on myself. But I ensured him that there would be one in a few minutes. I said goodbye to him and to the other girls. They all were really cute and hugged me. I had about 20 minutes until the next train. I went to the train office and bought a ticket. Then I got me something to drink and waited outside for the train to arrive. Not even after 10 minutes it arrived and I entered it. The train was full. Fuller than on Monday as I left Stuttgart. I tried to read a few pages, but I was so tired that I fell asleep in the train. It was quite uncomfortable, because I had my suitcase beside my feet. I am just too weak to hieve it on the placement area above the seats. And I was too tired to ask someone, since almost everyone nearby were women. At least it seemed like that.

The train ride seemed so long, because I was so tired. But after not even 2 hours I arrived in Stuttgart. I hurried out the train to catch the other train to my hometown. It was almost noon when I finally arrived and jumped into a taxi. I was so relieved when I stood in front of my house. I went inside, ate something and then immediately fell into my bed to catch up 4 days of sleep.

When my sister arrived she told me that she would go to Frankfurt the next day. She wanted me to come with her. I agreed. she booked the ticket and I felt like a hitchhiker travelling around Germany :D Well, you couldn’t count Frankfurt as travelling anymore, because I have been there too often.

I was already so happy to be back that I would imagine home would be so nice to be at :3 But I was wrong: It got better! We had Lahmacun for dinner! A turkish dish, something like a wrap that is filled with mince :)

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After dinner I stayed up a few hours to watch a series on TV. The turkish version of O.C. California. After that, I unpacked my suitcase I brought from Augsburg, so that I would only pack my backpack for Frankfurt the next morning. Our bus was at 2 pm. So it was neither too early, nor too late.

I went early to sleep that day, because I still was tired and still had to get up earlier for next day.

So this was my adventure with Malteser at talk2move. I don’t regret trying that out, but I am happy that I didn’t stay there for 4 weeks. Although I feel a little bit disappointed that nothing seems to work out this year, I still think that everything has its reason.

P.S.: My 90€ already arrived on my account :)

Working in Augsburg: Thursday, 12.09.2013, Day 4 – The truth about it

That day started with a meager breakfast. We almost had no bread. Only a few slices of dry wholemeal bread and a piece of dark bread which was rotten at the end. Two of the girls cut a thin slice of that half-rotten bread and tried to eat the rest of the bread which was still safe. But they said they had a strange aftertaste. I only ate one slice of the driest wholemeal bread I have ever tasted with a cheese parfait. That was the only breakfast ingredient we had. And cheap bitter nutella. I don’t like eating wholemeal bread with nutella, so chose a cheese parfait. I ate one single slice of bread very hardly. I almost couldn’t swallow. It was the worst breakfast since a long time. After the poorly breakfast, we prepared everything and went outside. It was a rainy day again, but not as bad as on the first day.

The formation was different today. Kim and Manu head to go to another spot now, and Alisa and Vera were together with Patrizia and me at the same spot as the day before. Michael was also together with us and Jenia was returning. At first we stopped at the place our booth should stand. Then Michael went to the train station with Jenia. Meanwhile we built up the booth and went to the city for a short time to buy some things. I went to buy a deodorant, because I forgot mine at home, and was not able to buy one the last few days. I have already taken a shower that morning, but didn’t have a deodorant, unfortunately. After that, I returned to the booth, but the others weren’t there yet. After a few minutes they came, and Alisa and Vera took their folders and went flying. Patrizia and me stayed there and tried to talk to people. The coach was there, too, and was observing us from afar. Michael came, too and talked to Patrizia. Then she went flying, as well, and I was together with Michael there. Two were enough for that place, because it was almost dead. There were almost no people passing by. Sometimes, Michael was also talking to people, but most of the time he was away, talking on the phone or with Tom, the coach.

After a while, I talked to a guy, who at first was sceptical about donating something. But then I argumented a bit, and he said “alright, why not”. I filled everything out, and in that moment, Michael came back. I gave him a picture and thanked him. That was at about 12 or 1 pm. Then I had nothing for hours. The lady on the right street side offered us a coffee and hot chocolate. She had a cute, little chocolatier shop. Michael took a coffee, and I went for a hot chocolate. While I was talking to people, she brought the hot chocolate to our booth. Without wanting any payment. Such a nice woman, I had tears in my eyes TTvTT. It was soooo tasty, I almost thought about buying one during break. At about 5 pm I had a break. I should actually have my break earlier, at about 4.30 pm, but I forgot about it. Patrizia was also at the booth when I left, and she said that it should be okay. Bevore I hurried up to the city, I went to the little chocolatier again, and thanked her for the hot chocolate again. The shop was really cute. She was also selling chocolate bars. At that moment I thought how nice it would be to work in a cute little shop that was warm and smelled like chocolate. But I headed to the city and this time I went to a cafe. I ordered a Quarktasche (a german dough sweet which is filled with quark, something like yoghurt) and a hot chocolate. I ate fast and after a few minutes, Michael called and asked where I am. I told him I was having my break, because I forgot about it earlier. He didn’t fuss much about it afterwards. After my break I went down to the booth again. Alisa was there now. The other two were still in the city and flying. Alisa was a bit disappointed, because she still had zero. While it was getting darker, I had more and more people talking to at the booth. I had a boy with his friend, or girlfriend, I don’t know quite. But the guy was interested, but didn’t have his bank data with him. He gave me his phone number, and even the phone number of the girl. He told me that he would call me if I shouldn’t call him. After one hour or so, I called him and then the girl. Both of them didn’t answer the phone. I forgot about it and continued working. In the meantime, Michael has picked Vera up and went grocery shopping with her, because she was so good that day. She hugged him out of joy. We were at our final spurt now. After the grocery shopping we were probably going to get packed. In the last half hour I even talked to a girl, who was also ready to donate. She was very calm and casual, and I really hope that it wasn’t just for fun. We’ll see after 2 weeks.

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Our booth during twilight :)

 

Soon after that, Michael called me and said we should dismantle the booth. I slowly dismantled it, while Alisa was still talking to someone. But she didn’t get anyone to donate something. After a few minutes Patrizia also came down and helped us dismantle it. Michael and Vera arrived and we put the things into the car. We began driving and Michael and Vera drank a beer in the car. Michael had to go to the bank to get some money. While he was away, we talked about our day in the car. Then, Alisa began lamenting about her zero and told how disappointe she was, and suddenly, she began crying in the car. I was shocked! She was crying, because she didn’t write anyone. Of course, it is frustrating if you have worked for 10 hours and didn’t manage to write anyone down, but maybe it was just a bad day. The other girls tried to cheer her up, said words like “tomorrow is another day” “you will just try it again”, or “evryone has a bad day once”. But she just continued to cry and I really felt sorry for her, and thought that she didn’t deserve it. I like her, she was a nice girl, maybe the nicest one of the group, that’s why I thought to say something significant. I leaned over and told her: “But the most important thing is that you are okay!” After saying this, the girls looked at me in shock and amusement at the same time. Alisa’s tears turned into laughter and the Patrizia and Vera were not sure if they should call it cute or stupid. But we all laughed and Alisa forgot about it. I hope she and the others will think about my words in the future, if they should be down or sad.

Later in the house, we found out that Kim also had a bad day. She only wrote 1 and told that she has also cried. Then Vera and Alisa told her what I have said and Alisa said that it was so cute what I sad :D I was content with myself. But before Kim and Manu even arrived at home, Michael called me upstairs into his room. I thought maybe he wanted to talk to me because of the break mistake. When I was upstairs, he asked me how my day was and so on. I told him that I neither got better, nor worse. Then he asked me how long I was planning to stay. I said that I had actually planned 4 weeks, but that I maybe will not last so long. I admitted, that I would maybe do this week and then decide whether I still want to stay or not. Then he said, that he wouldn’t even wait until the week was over. He saw that I pulled myself together all the time and gave my best. But he also sees, that it would be for nothing if I still stayed. My hard work would pay off, and talk2move would waste money and time with me. Furthermore, he said that I was too nice for this job. I had already thought about it myself, and also told him that I noticed the same thing. I ensured that I didn’t perceive his critique in a negative way. I was actually glad that he also told me that this job was nothing for me. He told me that he was glad to meet me and that I was a very sweet person. He gave me a formular that I had to fill out. I went downstairs and filled it out. And I also took out my bill from the train ticket. He gave me the money. That was probably the reason why he went to the bank. After packing a little, I went to the kitchen where the others were sitting. We cooked noodles, and ate them while we talked and laughed. Kim especially had several laugh attacks out of nowhere. It seemed like she was drunk, but I think she wasn’t. But after a while, she, Vera and Manu got themselves a beer. Alisa, Patrizia nd me refused. I would have drunk, but I was so tired, and scared that I would get sick if I would add some alcohol to my tiredness.

Before it was getting too late, I went to bed. The last time sleeping there for me. I didn’t think that I would miss anything, or anyone. But I really wished, that I would have been better, or that the weather should have been a bit warmer. But I was already looking forward to go home. There, it was at least warm and dry :)