Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Potsdam

A couple weeks ago, I decided to cross an item off my Berlin must-see list and took a solo day-trip to Potsdam - another city with a ton of history from Prussian monarchs to GDR times. So sadly, it's not only the enormous garden around the Sanssouci palace, that catches your eye, but also the Soviet blocks scattered around town. But as it happens, the coolest part is always the unexpected, in Potsdam's case the Dutch quarter and it's rows of red little houses built for Dutch craftsmen in the 18th century. Perfect for a sucker for tiny little cafes like me. 




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hiking in the Sudetes

On the border between Poland and the Czech Republic is a mountain range called the Sudetes. Honestly, I knew little of the area as I spontaneously joined some friends on a hiking trip there. We obviously picked the rainiest weekend to go, so the initial plan and an attempt quickly cancelled due to heavy rain (which made for some misty photos, though) to hike on Sunday was replaced with a nap and an evening stroll by the Mumlavsky/Mumlava (???) river and its beautiful waterfall where I just couldn't contain my excitement about skipping rocks in the water and ended up falling in, dipping my camera in the river and continuing the walk with soaked shoes and pants... :P

On Monday, the weather was somewhat better and we took a ski lift (by far the most exciting part of the trip!) up from a little town called Szklarska Poreba and hiked a tour of 15-20 kilometres. The cool part was that the Karkonosze National Park up there is literally on the Polish-Czech border. We didn't even notice walking by the little stone border markes until halfway through the hike. One of those was on top of a giant rock, which I absolutely HAD to climb, but seemed to be unable to without help. As a couple of other hikers had helped me up and down, I asked one of them where they're from and she answered: "Austria. But don't worry, I was a little scared too." :D





Saturday, June 3, 2017

Siegen, Germany

As some of you might know, I'm currently doing an internship program at the German Parliament called Internationales Parlaments-Stipendium. As much as it's an awesome program, it is also keeping me crazy busy at all times, which is probably why this page has seen no action pretty much since the start of it. Nevertheless, I've finally found some time and pictures to start the mission of recording this 5-month experience of this blog, starting with my Wahlkreisreise.

Namely, a few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit my boss' electoral district. As the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has largely remained an unexplored part of Germany for me, it was a good coincidence that this trip took me to Siegen. Proper to NRW, Siegen is also big on industry, but still has a beautiful little old town area, where I took these pictures. I had no idea that the architecture in that region is so much different from what I'm used to in the south! I also loved the kind of a nordic vibe that the grey-white buildings had.