Time is flying during my funemployment and one mega advantage of it is that I get to travel with some great friends who will be traveling to Europe for their first time! Cristen and I have been besties since first grade and her mom, Cathy, is my second mother. I go to their house for Christmas, so they’re family and I anticipate all sorts of shenanigans for this big adventure. I also look forward to showing off my German skills (not).
glory days – college roomies
my momma and Cristen’s momma
We will be renting a car after Munich and cruisin’
They arrive early in Munich on a Monday morning, and I will be waiting anxiously for them at the airport gate. I’ll probably head down to Munich for the weekend to see my boy Simon and hopefully meet Hailey in her beautiful town of Aschau! Munich is my favorite city in Europe, and if the weather helps me out, I’m sure I will have no problem convincing the Cs that it, too, is their favorite.
I don’t have a whole lot to say here because I’ve never seen The Sound of Music. This little fact about me seems to shock and devastate discoverers, particularly due to my au pair history. However, I totally plan on watching it before as Cristen and Cathy might be most excited for this stop.
I’m REALLY excited to visit Garmisch. It’s a super popular ski resort town in Germany near the Austrian border and is home to the highest peak in the country, the Zugspitze. It has all kinds of amazing natural landscapes and it will be nice to breathe the fresh air, go on some hikes, and drink.Yeah, we will be doing a bit of drinking on this trip.
Expecting more snow than this with the rate Germany’s going this year…
Thanks Casey for the photo!
Füssen is best known for that little bitty, not-at-all-inspirational landmark, Neuschwanstein Castle. I’ve been, but alas, I slept hungover in the car due the the previous day’s Oktoberfest madness instead of going up to actually experience the iconic castle. So, I’m excited to go back, too.
Let’s hope for better weather than this.
Although it may not be on everyone’s Europe itinerary, Karlsruhe will be a blast. We will be here on my 24th birthday, spending time at the Schlossgarten, and my flat will be hosting a big party that night since it is two our our birthdays. Plus, they will get to meet all my loved ones in Karlsruhe, which I’m most thrilled about. They can then report back to my mother that I’m in good hands here.
We will be heading to the city known for Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, not to see cars, but to celebrate Frühlingsfest, a sort of Spring Oktoberfest, with a group of 15 for my birthday. There are few things I get more excited about than wearing my dirndl, dancing to German party songs, and drinking beers so large my arms are sore the following day.
Then these two will be all ready to set out on their own for big adventures in Paris and London. Unfortunately, I cannot join as my German classes will be well underway and missing a week (aka 20 hrs of class) will be tough enough.
Tips for Salzburg, Garmisch, or the Füssen area?
I’ve got Karlsruhe (duh), Stuttgart, and Munich covered, but then again, you might have even better ideas!