Thoughts on Germany & Other Randoms

Geesh, wasn't I just writing my thoughts on Paris?? Yep, we are back from another adventure already!! This Fall/Winter gauntlet of travels is soon to be over, with the last trip taking us through the New Year in the good ole US of A. It's been an awesome season; Prague, Rome, Paris and German Christmas Markets all within 8 weeks! But anyway, I'm getting off track already...back to Germany!!



We ventured off to Dusseldorf, Cologne and Rothenburg ob der Tauber for a long weekend and had an amazing time! I definitely got a "do-over" for not being able to eat in Paris. To show for it, I even had to wear Van's sweater on the last day because I couldn't fit into mine! Seriously. We ate soooooo much.
 It. Was. Awesome.

a few German thoughts

Germany Feels Like Home
While in Germany, it totally reminded us of the States, except for the obvious differences in language. We drove back on the right side of the road, they had drive through McDonald's everywhere (gasp) and they had rest and gas stops similar to the States.The roads were also amazing, unlike the UK highway system. It felt so natural and easy to just hop in our rental car and hit the Autobahn going about 85mph.

German Christmas Markets are a MUST
We went to three markets and all were different. But one thing that remained was that the people were friendly and the food was amazing at each. And even though it rained on us everyday (ugh), we still had an awesome time wandering the streets, grabbing bites to eat and warm drinks to drink. And while I actually didn't buy very much from the stalls, I still loved to look at all of it..

Everybody Speaks English
Well, not everybody but most. (We had one McDonald's (gasp) worker not be able to speak English but we figured it out.....all the menu items were in English anyway). But it was super easy to communicate everywhere we went.

Van's sweater | English McDonalds menu items

Every Single Bathroom was Clean
Germany, thank you for this. Or should I say danke schoen!

GermanWings is our new Favorite Airline
Have you flown them before? Super nice!! Except for when we flew through the so called 'weather bomb' that hit the UK last week. I really thought we might crash on landing in Germany. The sustained winds had to have been at least 30mph....we were literally sideways. OMG.
(side note: this landing was much more uneventful to Van)

We fell in love with Germany. I know I call a lot of places 'my favorite' but Germany was seriously awesome. I felt 100% comfortable here. It is also a gorgeous country. I'm so glad we did a little road trip because it was amazing to see the land! It makes me excited for our upcoming trip back in January to ski the German Alps :)

And in other random news....

I can't wait to go home! Plans are coming together and we are both ready to see our families! The countdown is on.

I am not looking forward to the flight however. Almost 10 hours in the air is not natural. How do you cope with these long flights?

I can't wait to eat Chick-Fil-A, shop at Target, eat a good steak, eat MEXICAN, drive an automatic and just feel American for a couple of weeks. But I know I will be missing my little British village and my babies!

I have been finalizing plans for our two, yes two, upcoming Alps ski trips! I am so ready to be back out on the slopes. There is just something about when the cold weather starts.....I feel its mountain time!! Anyone else making big plans?

I love that Christmas lights are called fairy lights here in the UK. Adorbs.

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Wishing everyone a stress free week before Christmas!!!



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30 comments

  1. Yay Germany! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Christmas markets are my favourite thing EVER!

    I've never flown GermanWings but I love Air Berlin. They give you a chocolate heart when you get off the plane :-)

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  2. Oh cute! I will have to look into Air Berlin as well! It was just nice to not have to stand in a long line with Germanwings. Also, they let you fly your ski equipment for free....just found that out!


    Yep, we fell in love with Germany! The markets are an absolute must.....we loved loved loved them!

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  3. Ooh this makes me want to visit Germany, sounds wonderful! I'm glad I'm not the only one who would rather just admire the Christmas markets than purchase things from the stalls. Those long haul flights are starting to become way to familiar (why is Australia sooooo far from everywhere?!). A sleep aid and lots of mindless reality TV shows are how I get through them. Good luck!

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  4. I've been hesitant to go to Germany for some reason—I think the language— but this makes me feel much better! We are planning a ski trip! Where are you going? We are looking into France and Austria.

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  5. The stalls all start to look the same after awhile!! Yeah the long flights are just boo!! I drank too much wine the last trip home and was hungover before I even got off the plane haha! My nerves are what get me....well that and daytime long flights. I can handle the nighttime ones better. At least I can fall asleep!!

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  6. Yeah, I was worried a little too but we easily made our way around the country....I found it to be easier than France!


    Yay for skiing!! We are going to Garmisch (germany) in January and Zermatt (switz) in February!!! If you end up going to France, Chamonix is great! We went earlier this year :) You will have to email me and let me know what you guys decide!!

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  7. Ok...i had to look it up...64% of Germans speak English and only 39% of France speaks English!!! Per wikipedia ;)

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  8. So glad you loved the German Christmas markets! I mean, how could you not though. And it honestly feels like it's been raining for weeks on end here!

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  9. The rain was really sucky!! It kept me from taking all of the pictures I thought I would be taking!! Oh well, we drank enough to keep us warm and giddy! I loved it though and I think we ended up with about 6 mugs haha!!

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  10. Sounds like you had an amazing time! And as always, I love hearing about how good the food is. I really need to plan a trip there. I want to be eating a giant pretzel, drinking a giant mug of beer, and wearing a giant smile on my face.

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  11. Oh my goodness. Please eat extra chikfila for me! It sounds like Germany should be your next big move instead of going back to America! :D xx

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  12. TWO Alps trips this winter? Dang, you don't mess around! I would certainly be going much more often to the Alps if I liked snow sports, but we will be headed to the Alps near Salzburg for Christmas. It's not gonna be a White Christmas, but hey, that's all right with me. And I agree- Germany is just so comfortable. Everything is clean, safe, logical, prompt.... sounds good to me. I wish you a great flight back to the States. Enjoy all of those American things for me!

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  13. Living in Australia it is a 14 hour flight from LA. It usually takes us around 24 hours from Arkansas to Brisbane. Here is how I survive. http://eatallovertheworld.weebly.com/eat-all-over-the-world/how-to-survive-a-long-flight

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  14. I'm so glad you loved Germany!!! Next time you come back, go to Heidelberg :) Also, the easiest way to cope with a long flight is lots of movies on your laptop/iPad and take Dramamine while you eat your meal (which is usually like 2 hours into the flight?). I started taking Dramamine for motion sickness but it also knocks you out. I slept almost the entire flight back to the USA yesterday! haha

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  15. Yesssss Target! That was (surprisingly) one of the things I missed most when I moved abroad.

    My secret for long haul flights? I pop 2 benadryl, whip out my comfy neck pillow, slap on my compression socks (sexy, lol), and try to get as much sleep as possible while trying to stick to the time zone of the destination.

    You've certainly earned your wings Jamie!

    V
    Life+1

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  16. The food was soooo good. Not many healthy options...but my my favorite was the potato pancakes....I have no idea what the German name is! Will have to look that one up! But yes, you definitely need to make a trip :)

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  17. Right? I really think I could live in Germany! Van is looking into options haha!! And I will definitely eat some Chickfila for you....Van's younger sister works there (she's still in high school) and I am hoping for a nice discount yay!!!

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  18. Ooooohh Salzburg is on my list! But yeah, we love to ski and snowboard and the Alps are just dreamy for it. We weren't planning on two but kinda ended up doing so with a short trip with friends and then a long one for Van and I. I can't wait to see your Salzburg posts :) I'm thinking about a summertime trip there!


    But yes Germany was great....could totally live there!

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  19. We won't be going to Salzburg this time (just the mountain and lake district very near it called the Salzkamergut) but! you can check out my Salzburg post from last Christmas here.... it was sooo magical around the holidays! And a great place to take your mum. http://www.adventurings.com/post/72326788307/salzburg

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  20. Dusseldorf, Cologne and Rothenburg ob der Tauber are 3 cities I haven't been to in Germany yet, but they are definitely on my list! I love Germany and agree that it just feels like home! You've had such an exciting year and it seems like you have a lot ahead also! All really exciting!! I also cannot wait to shop at Target!!!!!!! The one store I miss most while in Spain! :D

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  21. Rothenburg was my favorite!! It is soooo quaint, it doesn't even seem real! I'll post on it eventually haha!! I'm sure Target gets a lot of shoppers during the holidays who are just like us :)

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  22. I absolutely loved being in Germany, too. We only did Berlin, and because we weren't driving around or anything, it didn't feel like home, but it was one of the best trips I've ever taken. For maybe the first or second time, I truly didn't want to leave. Normally I'm so exhausted by the end of our trips that I'm ready for my own bed and normal food, but not in Berlin. It's a city I could live in for sure! I can't wait to hear more about your time in Germany!

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  23. Isn't that the best feeling when you don't want to leave!!! Yeah the roads and conveniences were very similar to the US. I couldn't believe my eyes when I say actual rest stops haha! I loved every part about our trip! Although most of it was spent without a camera in my hand because of all the eating and drinking!!

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  24. I reckon you could find them if the airport was large enough. I bought mine online and I love them because they have those little toe holes. Here's a link to the ones I use.

    http://www.amazon.com/Injinji-2012-Performance-Compression-Socks/dp/B002WN2LAU

    They aren't too horrendous when worn over black leggings which is my normal flight attire. :o)

    xx

    V

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  25. I hope you have a wonderful time at home!!

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  26. I tend to sleep a good 5-6 hours with dramamine :) Also, even though this is probably counter-productive, I always take dramamine even during long day flights! haha :) Have so much fun at home!!!

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  27. Aw hope you have a fun time back home! It always feels great to be able to go home and see everyone again! And I must say that I have similar feelings toward Germany - it feels like home because everything goes well and everyone is available to speak English if need be and there is just great food, history, architecture everywhere :)

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  28. We are excited to get there tomorrow!! Germany is just really efficient seeming and practical. Very unlike the UK haha!!

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