Apart from our trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle on Monday, July 10th, the rest of the week was not very spectacular. Most of the time, I had to work until late. Still, I managed to do some stuff:
1,2+3. As I have already described in my last blog post, I have visited the Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen, and it was AMAZING! You can read all about it here.
4. I have also finished this book: “Read this if you want to be Instagram-famous” which I got as a birthday gift as you can read on my blogpost here. The book was actually really good and very interesting.
5. On Thursday, we went to our local ice cream parlour to have some delicious ice cream bowls. I also got one of my last birthday presents – a huge see-through umbrella :)
I also got my new passport, finally :)
6.+7. On Sunday, we went to a summer party called Latin Island together with our cousin. First we ate something. Without hesitation, I chose the grilled shrimp skewers. Later, we sat by the pool after we finished eating and being fed up with the wasps swarming over our dishes. In the early evening, we decided to move to the dance floor and mingled with the crowd. It was a great party on a sunday afternoon/early evening.
I hope you guys had an even more amazing week!
Thank you for reading! See you next week on Weekly Wonders!
Because it was my brother’s birthday on Monday, July 10th, and we all had the day off, we decided to take a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle. Despite having lived in Germany for all of our lives, we never managed to visit this most iconic castle.
Here are the most important Do’s and Don’ts for visiting the busiest place in Germany:
Do: The early bird
Arrive as early as possible! Whether by train or car, make sure to leave on time.
Don’t: Forget to bring enough liquids
The air up there is a bit thinner, and a lot of walking is involved. Make sure to bring at least 1L of water and stay hydrated.
Do: Buy a ticket for visiting the inside of the castle
I’d recommend booking the tickets online so you can skip the line at the ticket counter and you can decide which time you wanna visit. Especially if you can’t arrive there early. We didn’t book them online, but we planned to arrive there quite early.
Do: Book an audio guide tour
If the guided tours don’t fit your schedule, the audio guide is a good alternative.
Don’t: Forget to bring your umbrella…
…or cagoule since the weather can be unpredictable, even in summer.
Don’t: Stand in line for the carriages for ONE HOUR!
I actually wanted to take the horse carriages up to the castle, but the line would take 1 hour. Plus the animals looked quite exhausted :/ Better to walk or opt for the busses which are also cheaper (1,80€).
Do: Visit the Alpsee lake
You can find this lake right away after buying your tickets. It is very close to the bus stop. The lake is utterly beautiful and worth spending the whole day there, just enjoying the view.
Don’t: Skip the Marienbrücke
Although you might get a shock from how filled it is, just brace yourself and go on that bridge to take that postcard picture. Be careful though, and hold on tightly to your camera.
Do: Go beyond the Marienbrücke
Try to walk across the Marienbrücke and climb up the little ledge if you trust yourself and have some firm walking shoes made for that.
Eat something small and simple like a pretzel. Also a great photo idea together with the castle :)
Don’t: Forget to take photos of the architecture
You will probably have plenty of time before your tour begins, so this leaves the opportunity to snap a lot of photos of the castle from every angle imaginable.
Don’t: Take photos inside the castle
It’s not allowed in the first place. Also, don’t play on your phone but absorb the surroundings and the intricate details of each room you are guided to.
Do: Visit a gift shop
Take your time to visit the second gift shop after the castle tour. The first, bigger one is overpriced and I didn’t like the stuff offered there. There is a second, smaller gift shop and they have some beautiful bookmarks there as well which I bought (5€). Also, there is an observation terrace after the castle tour where you can get the most awesome views on the two lakes and the Marienbrücke. Another reason to book the castle tour.
Do: Have dinner at the Schloßrestaurant
When you choose the walking path down from the castle, you will come across this beautiful restaurant. They have great food, especially their sweet stuff smelled divine <3 I ate vegetarian cheese dumplings swabian style (It’s said that they were created there)
Do: Walk all the way back downhill
Back down is easier than up. You can also do both if you are fit enough :) Plus, it saves you some money.
Don’t: Loose your car at the parking lot
Remember exactly which parking lot it was that you used, and how you walked to the ticket counter. If you still end up loosing your car, ask one of the workers there, they will, strangely enough know exactly where you have parked :’D
Do: Explore the oldtown of Füssen
If you are not too exhausted, and the weather is nice to you, drive downtown and explore the cute, colourful oldtown. Sit down at one of the street cafes, or get yourself a Schneeballen, a sweet treat that is famous for that part of Germany.
2. Esslinger Mittelalter – und Weihnachtsmarkt (Middle age and Christmas Market Esslingen):
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.
Dates: 22.11. – 22.12.2016
Opening Day (November 22nd): 5pm – 8.30pm
Daily: 11am – 8.30pm
Closing Day (December 22nd): 11am – 6pm
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.
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.
Dates: 25.11. – 24.12.2016
Monday – Sunday: 10 am – 9pm
Christmas Eve 24.12.:10 am – 2 pm
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.
Monday-Saturday: 10 am – 9pm
Sunday 11 am – 9pm
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.
Soon I found a place to sit
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
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.
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 :)
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:
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:
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.
After that, we went inside the dome and looked at the inside architecture of this gigantic building.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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 .
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
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 :)
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.
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 :)
And there were some funny animals
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.
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!!!
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)
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 :)
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
After we finished with eating and drinking, we walked around the town. It is a rather old town with many historic buildings.
As we walked around, we saw a museum that displays miniature vehicles. So we went in to have a look. It was for free.
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.
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.
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?