Currywurst, Karl Marx Stadt and Goulash: A European Spring Break

I’ve been absolutely horrible at maintaining my blog. I’ve been back from my spring break travel extravaganza for about a month now, unbelievable. Yet, I’ve managed to avoid writing about it. I think sometimes I don’t know where to begin and it just seems so intimidating, so I just avoid it and find something else to occupy my time. However, its really not that hard and doesn’t have to re-cap every single moment. I’ve been reading several blogs and noticing different styles of writing. So I’m going to play with how I write my blogs. Since, I’m writing this one so late, I’m just going to do a brief update with a few pictures and the high lights. As a preface, I had to be in Berlin for the Fulbright Seminar and decided to take advantage of being on that side of Germany and just travel.

Sunday March 17-Saturday March 22 
City: Berlin
The German Fulbright Commission hosted a Seminar for all European Fulbrighters. It was a great opportunity to network. I spent a few extra days in Berlin too!

Highlights:

  • Meeting outbound German Fulbrighters, they will be leaving for the US in August/September
  • Berlin is an amazing and young city! I loved the vibe from it!
  • Stayed in the Park Inn at Alexanderplatz. It was AMAZING! The hotel was super nice and we had breakfast every morning too!!
  • Attended a few interesting sessions about the EU and Education in Germany
  • Found a delicious hole-in-the-wall Mexican place in the middle of Kreuzberg, Santa Maria
  • Made some wonderful memories with some amazing people!
  • Had delicious Burritos!
  • Visited the Ritter Sport Store
  • Ate some delicious Currywurst at Curry 36
  • Bought a new camera because my iPhone just wasn’t working for me. There is nothing like having a real camera for pictures! I’m so happy with my purchase!
Took the fancy train to Berlin

Took the fancy train to Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall, Bundestag / German Parliament

Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall, Bundestag / German Parliament

Santa Maria, the hole-in-the-wall Mexican food place!

Santa Maria, the hole-in-the-wall Mexican food place!

An amazing night filled with performances by talented Fulbrighters

An amazing night filled with performances by talented Fulbrighters

Catching up with old friends from the Hilltop and making new ones!

Catching up with old friends from the Hilltop and making new ones!

The Ritter Sport Store, sadly I didn't get a picture of the make your own Ritter Sport section

The Ritter Sport Store, sadly I didn’t get a picture of the make your own Ritter Sport section

The famous Currywurst! Delicious!

The famous Currywurst! Delicious!

Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor

Amarette jumping across Europe

Amarette jumping across Europe

The famous TV tower in Berlin

The famous TV tower in Berlin

 

Saturday March 22-Friday March 29
Cities: Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig, Freiberg (Sachs).
Since I was already in Berlin, I decided to a small tour of eastern Germany. One of my Fulbright friends, Kaylee,  lives and works in Chemnitz, so I stayed with her and did some traveling around Saxony.

Highlights:

  • Getting to know some other cool Fulbrighters: Ben, Maria, Becca, and Katherine
  • Discovering the TV Series Türkisch für Anfänger Season 1
  • Saw the Karl Marx Kopf-a huge statue of Karl Marx’s head
  • Attempted to see the Baustei Rock Bridge, but failed due to ice along the path
  • Met the most amazing little German girls, who told us their whole life story basically
  • Saw Dresden twice, quick glimpses of the city both times, but I loved the city. Its rich with history and is gorgeous
  • Found the German equivalent of Austin: Leipzig.
  • Spent some quality time with a fellow Texan and enjoyed some delicious vegan Tex-Mex food at Atacaolypse 
  • Got ditched by my car-ride share to Prague, but ended up spending an extra night with a great friend enjoying 1.50 euro Doner and watched Pitch Perfect
Attempt to climb to the Baustei Bridge

Attempt to climb to the Baustei Bridge

Along our hike...thats supposed to be a lake.

Along our hike…thats supposed to be a lake.

Hiked up to this frozen waterfall, but risked my life in doing so.

Hiked up to this frozen waterfall, but risked my life in doing so.

If you look super closely between those rocks, you can see the bridge we were attempting to reach.

If you look super closely between those rocks, you can see the bridge we were attempting to reach.

Dresden

Dresden

Frauenkirche in Dresden

Frauenkirche in Dresden

Karl Marx Kopf in Chemnitz

Karl Marx Kopf in Chemnitz

Monument to the Battle of the Nations

Monument to the Battle of the Nations

On top of the monument with an amazing view of Leipzig

On top of the monument with an amazing view of Leipzig

Memorial to the protest against communism, which eventually led to the fall of the wall

Memorial to the protest against communism, which eventually led to the fall of the wall

Statue of Bach in front of the church, where he played.

Statue of Bach in front of the church, where he played.

Enjoying the delicious Tex-Mex food!

Enjoying the delicious Tex-Mex food!

 

Friday March 29-Saturday March 30
City: Prague
After the disaster with the car ride share, I decided to just take the train to Prague and ended up standing for 2 hours to Prague.

  • My friend Joelle and her friend Holly were also in Prague and I got to meet up with them because my other friends, Lydia and Christina weren’t getting in till later. (I met Lydia in summer 2011 at the Hesselbein Conference. We’ve remained in contact and she along with Christina came to visit me in March. They’re both currently studying in Brno in Czech Republic.)
  • Got lost trying to find Joelle, but discovered some different parts of Prague including the dancing house!
  • Went to the Cinderalla Ballet at the National Theatre and it was an amazing experience. Plus it was only 3 euros!!
  • Stayed at an amazing hotel (Hotel Seifert) with an amazing breakfast. Probably some of the best coffee that i’ve had in Europe.
  • Enjoyed some delicious Czech Beer and Goulash, which is quite different from what most of Americans think of when they hear goulash.
  • Had the best tour guide on the Sandeman’s New Prague free walking tour!
  • Met a Canadian, who is living in Germany and knows my friend Morgen, another ETA.
  • Enjoyed some traditional Czech food at the Easter Market
The main train station in Prague. Czech is quite a different language!

The main train station in Prague. Czech is quite a different language!

The dancing house!

The dancing house!

Cinderella Ballet at the National Theatre

Cinderella Ballet at the National Theatre

Potato Chips on a stick!

Potato Chips on a stick!

Traditional Hungarian specialty, but its everywhere in the Czech Republic.

Traditional Hungarian specialty, but its everywhere in the Czech Republic.

 

Friday March 30-Monday April 1
City: Cesky Krumlov
After spending time in Prague, I travelled by bus to a small town in southeastern Czech Republic that is known for its castle. My two friends, Christina and Lydia, basically planned the whole thing.

  • The bus trip was great! It was super cheap and the bus had free Wifi
  • Cesky Krumlov is the most adorable, quaint town EVER.
  • Our hostel was all kinds of cute, Hostel Merlin 
  • Had the most delicious, filling Easter dinner for only about 8 Euros. It included: soup, half a chicken, potatoes, bread stuffing thing, and dessert!
  • Experienced my first ever white easter!
  • Explored a cool castle with a tour guide that had a very interesting accent
  • Took a stroll around the Easter market and almost bought a new purse
  • Enjoyed some roasted almonds
  • Met the best souvenir shop owner ever who spoke English, Czech, German and Russian.
  • Took some great photos throughout the city
  • Had some delicious cocktails with Lydia and Christina
The main course of my delicious Easter Dinner!

The main course of my delicious Easter Dinner!

Christina and I in front of the Castle!

Christina and I in front of the Castle!

The Easter Snow Bunny!

The Easter Snow Bunny!

Me Jumping Across Europe

Me Jumping Across Europe

The secret garden door!

The secret garden door!

My lovely friends Lydia and Christina

My lovely friends Lydia and Christina

Last view of Cesky Krumlov before leaving

Last view of Cesky Krumlov before leaving

Monday April 1-Tuesday April 2
City: Back to Prague
Christina and Lydia had to go back to school  on Monday and I wasn’t quite ready to leave the Czech Republic, so I headed back to Prague to do some more exploring.

  • Was completely by myself in Prague and it was quite the experience. I had never really travelled by myself like that before.
  • Did the Sandeman’s New Prague Castle Tour and it was totally worth it!
  • Heard some Swiss German and then creepily introduced myself to them and had a great conversation with them. I always love hearing Swiss German.
  • Had some delicious hot chocolate up in the Prague Castle
  • Saw the changing of the guards
  • Had an amazing Hamburger at a place called Dish 
  • Met some interesting people staying in my hostel
  • Had a delicious breakfast at my hostel (Hostel Advantage)
  • Admired all the artwork on  the John Lennon
  • Took a picture for a mom and her little boy and didn’t think too much of it. A few mins later, she caught up with me and thanked me for taking such a great photo of her and her son. It made my day.
  • Had an amazing car ride share experience back to Germany. Matej, the driver, was wonderful and we had some great conversation the entire time. He even gave me a painted egg when we departed.
The Prague Castle

The Prague Castle

Inside the cathedral at the Prague Castle. We lucked out with the sun. It was soo pretty!

Inside the cathedral at the Prague Castle. We lucked out with the sun. It was soo pretty!

Must have picture with the castle guards

Must have picture with the castle guards

Random Church I found...beautiful!

Random Church I found…beautiful!

The Burger Place I ate at!

The Burger Place I ate at!

The famous astronomical clock on Old Town Square

The famous astronomical clock on Old Town Square

The John Lennon Wall

The John Lennon Wall

So basically in as few words as possible that was my European Spring Break! I am so blessed to have been able to travel to so many amazing places and have met some cool people  along the way too!

3 thoughts on “Currywurst, Karl Marx Stadt and Goulash: A European Spring Break

  1. Pingback: A Liebster from my Liebsten | Amarette's Abenteuer

  2. Oh currywurst!! You’re making me hungry Amarette. I’ve never had it but it sounds delicious. Love your blogs and the updates. Wish I could make it to Germany in time to meet up with you there.

    Amarette! Goodness, you’re wonderful.

  3. Currywurst was invented by Herta Heuwer in Berlin in 1949 as an affordable but filling meal for the people of Berlin at a time when food was in short supply.

    When you order your Currywurst you can ask for it skin on “Currywurst mit Darm” or without skin “Currywurst ohne Darm”. Sausage casings were in short supply in the Soviet-controlled side of the city. If you grew up in East Berlin, you like sausage without skin; if you grew up in West Berlin, you probably prefer sausage with skin.

    I’m not from Berlin, I prefer Currywurst without skin and in my opinion the best place to get it is from Fritz & Co (a Currywurst stall) on Wittenberg Platz in the Schöneberg area of Berlin.

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