I hope you’ve had a chance to look at some of the hundred-and-something photos I posted this past week! But be forewarned…do not scroll through them if you are the least bit hungry, because 70% of them are snapshots of Europe’s most delectable baked goods.
For the past seven days, Annie, Kerry (met us in Copenhagen!), and I ate our way through the freezing cold Berlin and Copenhagen.
Annie and I stayed in a hostel in eastern Berlin, an easy walk from a near by train station. We had no idea what to expect; neither of us speak a word of German or had ever been to Germany before or knew much about the history of Berlin- it had been a long time since high school American History, ok? Berlin is an interesting place. The wall and repercussions of ‘89 are still very present, creating a tactile difference in the west and east sides. We decided to plunge into tourist mode and booked a two day bus tour. This was our justification: we had no spatial orientation of the city and didn’t want to spend the same amount of money on train tickets that we did on the tour bus ticket. And it was great! We explored both sides of the city, ate crepes along the way, visited Europe’s second largest department store, and had our first German steins of beer. On our last day we visited the Jewish Memorial Museum. It was really interesting, mainly because of the intricate architecture of the museum, in my opinion. And then we were off to Copenhagen!
We landed in Copenhagen to meet our other Arcadia Trinity friend, Kerry, at baggage claim. She and Annie happen to both be from Kenyon College back in Ohio (they met here in Dublin!), so it was fun to add a third party to our travels. Denmark is IKEA but even classier, if that’s humanly possible to picture in your head. Everything is pristine and modern and sleek and classy. Our hostel was the antithesis of the one we stayed in Berlin; this one was spacious, filled with English speakers, groovy music, nice lighting, and a hospitable environment. It was more like a Scandinavian youth hotel, if I’m being honest. But we got a great deal for a two night stay!
Annie and Kerry both knew two other people studying at an American University in Copenhagen from Kenyon, so we met up with them the next day. It was so comforting and fun to tour a city with people that know if from living in it and speak your language! They were great, bringing us to their favorite bakeries and showing us their weekly lunch spots with further dinner suggestions along the way. The last two days the three of us spent with Annie’s friend, Celia, at her host family’s house in a suburb outside of the city. Celia chose to live with a host family rather than the student housing in the city for the semester, and I would have, too! Her host mother was lovely, making us a full Danish breakfast our first morning there and generously offering up her home to three traveling American students.
I loved Copenhagen, but I was ready to get back to Dublin. When we landed at the airport, I realized how much I really love the city I’m in. It’s green, it’s clean but still has character in every building, it has friendly residents that still know how to give you a hard time about the smallest of things, and it has the best beer hands down.
So needless to say, I am happy with the choice I made to come to Ireland. And you all HAVE to come here one day; it is a must.