Finally, I am back from my three weeks of traveling Europe! That also means I have a lot of good stories and photos ready to share to you all. So dear readers, get ready for it!! First, as promised, let me go back to my last solo trips to Lübeck, Hamburg and Cesky Krumlov.
So what happened at Lübeck, Germany?
At first, when I got on that train to Northern Germany on Friday, July 20, the thought that this was going to be my last solo trips in Europe this summer did not sink in. I got used to taking a train every Friday night that even that train felt more like an exciting routine than a sentimental ending to my fun summer time. My work was also busy that week as I was finishing-up my responsibilities before I leave the office. Hence, some part of my mind was still in the office..
But there were one thing that was different in this trip. And that was YOU. Yes, you the readers! Right before this trip, my blog had over 60-100 viewers per day and I was receiving feedback from various people how much they have enjoyed the stories and photos. Thus, when I got on the train that day, I did not feel alone. On the other hand, I felt like I was traveling with the 100 friends, family, and future readers who will read my blog one day and plan their own Europe trips! It was exciting to realize how my exciting adventure could benefit others. I did not know yet how I was going to take this experience into another adventure, and then, something fascinating happened during this trip.
It must be because I was feeling braver after each trip, or it must be because I felt like I was traveling in a group instead of alone, or because I travel alone and people are curious to learn why a young Asian American girl is traveling in such condition to such far places. Either way, I felt more curious. And I wanted to understand the culture and the histories through the people. I had met many people in my previous trips, but I have not exchanged my personal contacts. Now, however, thanks to this blog project, I was easily able to start or continue a conversation as I introduced them my blog and my interest in continuing this journey.
By the time I returned home on Sunday from that trip, I surprised even myself when I realized that I meet and chatted with at least 20 different people speaking with them in English, German, and French! It was fascinating! Though short, I learned so much and heard such interesting stories from each encounter. To list a few of the people I have met, they range as vast as this: the Austrian student studying environmental architecture from Vienna who happens to go to the school next to my residence in Vienna; the happy old German couple traveling each year via cycling in Germany and Austria; the German opera singer family with two boys from Basel who was visiting their grandparents; the jolly sisters from Amsterdam reuniting in Hamburg; the Tunisian guy traveling from Tunisia to Copenhagen via train through Italy, France, and Germany without a passport or a train ticket; the young girl from Kosovo returning home to Hamburg; the happy pastry shop owner in Lübeck who learned to bake delicious goods from Pennsylvania, USA and France; and an African residing in Vienna learning German who led me to the English Church service on Sunday. I was enlightening! I would like to thank them again for sharing their stories and time with me, because this is that really made my last trip special. Even when I think now how honest and sincere people were, it makes me wonder why we can’t be more honest and humble in the world of politics…
So after my long train ride from Vienna, what did I discover in Lübeck and Hamburg, Germany?
The short answer is that this is another part of Germany worth visiting. I heard that if one wants to understand how vast Germany geography is one should plan to make a visit to at least Berlin, Munich and Hamburg. That advice, I learned from my trip to Lübeck and Hamburg, was true!
While my time was short here, I enjoyed every moment and this is why:
1. Interesting brick gothic architectural: I heard how different northern Germany architecture was from the South and the middle of Germany. But to see them in person was another level of awe-ness. After walking out of the train station, one will reach the city center the beautiful old town area. I luckily missed the large tourist crowd by arriving in the city in the morning. It was quite colder than I thought, I should have realized considering how much farther north Lübeck is from Vienna. Still, I lost track of time admiring these buildings and city wall. I mean check out some of these places below.