The time has finally come for me to write the dreaded Fall Break Blog Post. When I wrote my last post about Dublin, I was so overwhelmed by everything I had to say from a weekend in the city, that I ended up doing a Top Five list. So, I’m faced with the same—albeit even more daunting question—again: How do I write a blog post about an entire week of travelling? I don’t think there is anyway to write (or remember) all of it, so I’ll go with the old stand by, the list.
My two friends and I visited Amsterdam and Berlin together, and then I went with one of them to Prague for a few days at the end of our trip. Each city was fantastic in its own way, with Berlin being my favorite by far. Wondering why each of these cities was great? Well, I’m so glad you asked!
3. The Carnival
Just a carnival in the middle of Amsterdam. And more importantly, home to THE WORLD’S GREATEST WAFFLES.
Apparently, this massive carnival in the middle of the city is an annual event in Amsterdam. It took up an entire city square and was all flashing lights, greasy food, and screaming kids. The best part? The AMAZING waffles we had for dessert every night we were in Amsterdam. They were sugar coated, crispy, and covered with chocolate, strawberries, and whipped cream. Oh yeah.
2. The Art
‘Don’t tell me what to do Don’t tell me where to go Don’t make any promises Don’t act like you like me Don’t make me cry Don’t touch me’
We bought an IAmsterdam Card for the three days we were here, and even though it cost more than I wanted to spend, it was so worth it. We saw so many museums and even got discounts on food and a free canal cruise. My favorite museum by far was the Stedelijk Museum. It was absolutely huge, and I could have spent hours in it. I never realized just how much I love contemporary art until this museum.
Me and some art. No big deal
1. The Bikes!
Racks on racks on racks of bikes!
When I told people that I was going to Amsterdam, the general consensus seemed to be that you couldn’t visit this city without renting and riding a bike. Anyone who knows me well enough could probably tell you that this wasn’t the best idea. I don’t have top notch coordination and my bike riding skill are sub-par. But, nonetheless, I did it. It was absolutely terrifying. Amsterdam is a city that takes bike riding seriously, and as a novice, I felt like I was in everyone’s way. But I survived!
Bucket List Number 36: Ride a bike along the canals in Amsterdam. Check!
Meet Sam. Such a cuti
We took a free tour of the city the morning we arrived. Sam was our tour guide. Sam was beautiful. And smart. And funny. Am I gushing? Well, if you met Sam you would understand.
Berlin makes you rethink how you define art. There is street art everywhere, and it’s perfectly accepted. Some of the most beautiful art pieces I saw during the entire trip were in Berlin on walls and train stops and sidewalks.
I heart all the street art that was EVERYWHERE in Berlin
I took German all through high school, and I took a Berlin specific culture class in college. This was my second time in Berlin, and coming back a little older and more aware of my self and the world around me, I had an even better appreciation for the entire complex, difficult, often-painful history of this city. Berlin still feels like it’s gaining its footing in a lot of ways, and upon first glance, it’s not particularly beautiful. But this city has character.
The Brandenburg Gate at night
Perfectly between two of my favorite cities
3. The Architecture
Prague definitely felt like the most Eastern European city that we visited. I mean, it was the farthest east we traveled, so I guess that makes perfect sense, but the buildings all felt stereotypically eastern. And they were gorgeous. All dark and detailed and completely unlike anything I’ve ever seen in person before.
Cloudy sky and some pretty impressive buildings in the City Center
2. The Charles Bridge
Someone told me this was the most romantic spot in Prague. It was just cold when we were there, but it was also breathtakingly beautiful. You could see the red roofs of the houses in front of you and the gothic style architecture of the buildings behind you. And even though it was freezing and drizzling and my hands were numb, the view was worth it.
The beginning of the snow, but more importantly, the Charles Bridge and the view across the water!
Grey and cloudy and a little eerie: The Charles Bridge
1. The Snow
I didn’t expect it to snow in Prague. Maybe to be cold, but snow? Definitely not. But, snow indeed it did and it was cold and kind of miserable. But that view from the gardens at Prague Castle of the red roofs below maybe, sorta, absolutely made the snow bearable.
It wasn’t too ugly I guess…