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
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!
- 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!
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.
- 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
Friday March 29-Saturday March 30
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
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
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.
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!