Hello everyone! Today I am writing this post while taking the ICE (Inter City Express) Train from Köln, back to Switzerland! To describe this week as eventful would be an extreme understatement… 😀 here’s a little overview of how this past week has been!
Sunday, March 16th: Munich
This was a last minute decision that a friend and I made after we discovered a really great deal where we could travel by bus from Zürich to Munich for only 30 Euros… Round trip! I always find spontaneous plans to be very exciting, and this day definitely was… We got to see the world’s largest glockenspiel, celebrate St Patricks day (where we got free green hats & Guinness beer!), among exploring various other areas of the city. 🙂
Monday/Tuesday March 17/18: Zürich
These days during my free time from work I went hiking in the Albis, up again to Üetliberg, and also enjoyed the beautiful weather while walking along lake Zürich and through the old city (Altstadt). 🙂
Wednesday March 19: Basel & Köln
For the first half of the day my host family and I travelled to Basel, where I had the opportunity to visit the city for a few hours. 🙂 The last time I was in Basel the weather was quite cold, but this time the sun was shining brightly and it was so warm outside!! It was great getting to back and see some of the same places I had seen from last time, and also explore some new parts of Basel! Later on that evening we took another train to Köln where we arrived home just before midnight.
Thursday March 20: Brühl
The weather was absolutely perfect on this day… Where I got to meet one of my really good friends named Leonie in Brühl, and we went to see two incredible palaces from the 18th century! It was so amazing on the inside, and I personally enjoyed it more than when I went the Palace of Versailles in France! After visiting the palaces we went for ice cream in the city centre, and also went to a few shops, and also looked inside a very beautiful church. 🙂 In the afternoon I had to work for a few hours, but in the evening I met up with my friend Agnese on Friesenplatz, where we later went out for a few drinks and shisha. 🙂
Friday, March 21: Neuss
Raphael and I spent the morning at the spielplatz (playground), and then in the afternoon when Sara came home I had a few hours for myself at home (where I ended up dying my hair :p) before I headed out of Köln to visit my friend Aranza in Neuss, where we began to plan our trip to Gothenburg Sweden, and Hamburg (where we are going next month)! Later that night we travelled back to Köln to meet our friend Jan out on Rudolfplatz for a couple hours.
Saturday, March 22: Koblenz & Trier
Me and a friend from my language course named Kaja bought a 2 person train ticket (valid for any regional train in Germany for the day), and we travelled to Koblenz, and later on we arrived in Trier (Germany’s oldest city!) It was a very long day, but we got to see so many amazing things, so it was of course worth it!! Although for a short amount of time it was raining quite heavily, luckily the weather eventually cleared up and it turned out to be quite nice outside! 🙂
Sunday, March 23: Köln & Basel & Zürich
This morning I met a friend named Mariana (who I actually met through this blog :p) for a coffee in Köln near by the Dom, before taking the train to Basel (which will arrive in the late afternoon!) where I will meet another friend named Alana who I also met through this blog !! 🙂 So this definitely will be an eventful day I’m sure! And then just before 11pm tonight I will catch my train home to Zürich… where we will spend a few days there before coming back to Köln again in exactly one week! 😛