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My Trip to Germany
My Trip to Germany
On May 26th, 2009, I was on a nine hour plane ride to Southern Germany. Scared to death of the plane food, being bored out of my mind, and traveling with my long time boyfriend and his family, did not help the fact that I was about to enter a whole new culture, thousands of miles away from my home. But, I was off to start my journey that would be the most interesting ten days of my life.
First on the list of places to go was Heidelberg, which had houses less than a foot apart from each other, and gardens growing on rooftops that you could only see from church towers that meant I had to climb over four hundred steps to get to the top. So many museums, churches, restaurants, and documentary centers, so little time. I dreaded the visit to the documentary centers, but once I got there, it brought on a whole new craving to learn about what really happened in the Holocaust. I saw hundreds of pictures of Hitler, starving Jews, and swastikas. The many years I spent in a classroom learning about concentration camps and Nazis did not even compare to the knowledge I gained in those ten days. Realizing what the Jews went though is something undescribable that gives me chills every time I hear a survivors horror stories, and knowing that sick event really happened.
The language issue was not a problem for me, surprisingly. I only know a handful of words in German, but luckily most people who worked in stores knew English about as well as I did. We mainly traveled on trains, especially when we went from city to city. Our next stop was Munich which is a wonderful town, and more of the "city" style. The main attraction in this town was the glockenspiel that rang every hour and had little statues moving and playing music. This is a very popular subject when someone mentions Germany, so it was a pleasure to see such a site. My favorite restaurant that we ate at from the entire trip was the Hofbrauhaus.. Its set up with long wooden tables, people yelling all around you while music is playing, and over twenty steins at each table. I suggest anyone to go to eat there, I guarantee you will have an excellent time. Homemade German pork schnitzel, spaetzle, and goulash is about the best food I have ever eaten.
Bertchasgarten is an old style and traditional city of Germany. There, we went to the Eagle’s Nest which is Hitler’s Teahouse. Nothing that I experienced on this trip compared to the view from that house on the mountain. 11,000 feet above sea level looking down is a bit scary, but the snow all around you, the view of the whole city and lands below you, and the feel of knowing your that high up from the world, was priceless.
I could write a whole book on the trip of a lifetime that I got to take, but I only got to share a few places I went, a few things I got to see, the few pounds I lost walking and the few I gained back from eating, and the little stories and life lessons that I picked up on the way. I learned so much about myself as I look back. Going to Germany gave me a different outlook on life, it taught me that you only live once, history is an amazing thing to know, and that I need to appreciate the world that surrounds me every day.