August 3, 2012

1,000 Places: Germany, Netherlands, Austria

Auf Wiedersehen, Berlin!

If you have kept up with me through my blog for the past month, you would have to know that I had the time of my life in Berlin as I studied abroad. It truly was the experience of a lifetime, and I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to enjoy such a special and unique trip. Not only did I get to live in Berlin for the month of July, but I was also able to travel to other cities and towns around Europe. And with all that traveling comes more check marks in my book "1,000 Places To See Before You Die" by Patricia Schultz. I have a massive wanderlust, and I'm using this book as a basis for my travel destinations. Now that I'm home from one of the greatest months of my life, here's a recap of the places I visited and the sites I saw while I was away.

-Germany's Beer Culture I'm not a fan of beer, so I didn't drink liter upon liter like many people in my group. However, I did make the effort to taste many beers, and I even ordered my own half liter at Munich's Hofbräuhaus.
-Munich's Pinakotheks and The Deutsches Museum I spent just two nights in Munich, so I didn't have much time to really experience the museum scene, but the girls and I did manage to visit The Deutsches Museum.
-Berlin's Museum Scene I took an art appreciation class during my trip, so for all of our field trips we visited museums. I think it is safe to say I have seen every piece of artwork in the city of Berlin.
-Berlin's (Re)defining Architecture Because much of the city was destroyed during WWII and the Cold War, Berlin is in the process of rebuilding and reshaping its look. Not only did I see old buildings, but I saw many new structures that have been constructed since the wars.
-Mitte, Berlin, Germany Berlin is composed of many districts, and Mitte is located at the heart of the city. My group and I spent so much time wandering around the city and exploring all that Berlin has to offer.
-Sans Souci, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany Sans Souci was Frederick the Great's palace. During our first weekend in Germany our program directors took us on a tour of the palace and the gardens.
-Amsterdam, Netherlands What kind of college student would I be if I didn't make a trip to Amsterdam?
-Salzburg: Baroque and Modern, Austria After spending some time in Munich, the girls and I made our way to Salzburg. It has to rank number one as the most beautiful place I've ever seen.

So now I'm up to 21/1000 places checked off. 

I can't say enough how much this trip has effected me in the most positive of ways. I saw so many beautiful places, and I got to see them with some incredible people. It is a part of my life that will never be forgotten and something I will replay in my mind for years and years. These memories are priceless! And to those of you who are in college or soon to be in college, I strongly encourage you to look in to study abroad programs at your school. It is one of the most rewarding experiences you could have, and I promise it will change your life. I know it has changed mine. 

"Though we go our separate ways, still the memory stays. For always my heart says, 'Dankeschön. Auf wiedersehen. Dankeschön.'"

1 comment:

  1. I had a chance to combine my two loves in life recently and had a two weeks' holiday in wonderful France, to which I had been before, and had loved so much. I took a little Renault rental car and headed off from Paris, to the Palace of Versailles, to Chartres then southward to sunny Provence, via the Auvergne region, with the Songs of the Auvergne playing repeated on the CD player.
    Magnifique, comme toujours. I saw many art galleries and followed the footsteps of artists, like poor Vincent Van Gogh.
    Back home all too soon, I ordered a canvas print from wahooart.com, choosing this painting by Cézanne, http://EN.WahooArt.com/A55A04/w.nsf/OPRA/BRUE-8EWNWL, to remember my trip by.

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