So, I find myself literally 6 months later realizing that I never finished my blog from Europe and really don’t remember enough details to go back and try to finish it. Really, I’m pretty frustrated with myself for not sticking with blogging every day in the last few days that we were there, but I guess there’s nothing I can do about it now.
I will say that at least I have pictures to remember our experiences through; as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. I do specifically remember going to Munich after Berlin and going to the Eagle’s Nest (Hitler’s home in the mountains that his soldiers built as a birthday present). That is the experience from Munich that sticks out to me that most. It was an all day trip, stopping in a nice mountain town on the way up. Once we got up the mountain, we had to take a huge elevator that was built into the mountain in order to get up to the house. Once up in the house, we got to explore the mountain terrain, which had absolutely gorgeous views. I could have stayed up there much longer than we had time for…or just moved up there, that would have been okay with me too. We also continued on with our World War II theme by taking a Third Reich tour in town. A couple other memories I have are walking around the Englischer Garten and seeing guys surfing on the ways coming down from the mountains into the river that runs through the garten. Also, we obviously had amazing German food, both at the Schilling Salon, which was one of Hitler’s favorites, and Hofbrauhaus.
After Munich, we headed over the Krakow, Poland where we toured Auschwitz. Poland was much different than Germany, and definitely Spain. We were obviously in eastern Europe, but Krakow was a nice city that I would definitely return to given the opportunity. I remember being amazed at how many people there knew or attempted to speak to us in English; neither of us speak a word of Polish. Everything was very cheap too. The conversion rate allowed us to get quite a bit for very little dollars. Auschwitz was definitely an experience that was hard to go through and hear the horrors that happened during the war. I won’t go into great detail our of respect, and there were just too many details to even begin to go into. But, I’m very glad that we decided to take the tour. I learned so much about what happened, and things are just different when you get to see if instead of reading about it.
After Poland, we got one night in London as a layover from our flight home. Since we did only have one night, the experience here seemed to fly by in a blink of an eye. With seeing this city so quickly, all I can really gather is that everything was so big and gorgeous, and alive. There were so many people and so many things to see. We stopped by the big three: Buckingham Palace, the Westminster Abbey, and Big Ben, then headed for some traditional English food of fish and chips. London may have to be one of those cities that we return to some day to spend a little more time there.
Overall, my time in Europe taught me a ton of things. I learned more independence, that I can get around in huge, foreign cities on my own and speak a language well enough in order to get around. From being so far away from family and the people I care about, it taught me what is truly important in my life and to never take anything or anyone for granted. And really, it was just an eye opener and a very moving experience from beginning to end. I know that I will always have memories and stories to tell for the rest of my life. And, hopefully one day, we can go back and do some more exploring. I know that I absolutely do not want this to be my only trip abroad. There are so many things, places, and people in the world to lose out on having as many experiences as possible.
Hopefully, for the people who have read my blog throughout this experience have enjoyed it, and I know I will refer back to this for details that may become foggy with time. And, I’m sure this won’t be my last blog of travels. Hopefully, there will be many more to come.