This trip is short, but decided to keep the blog going. If not for you then for me to keep track of how my views on traveling and the world change.
Did you know gesundheit means in good health in German? It’s funny the words we randomly pickup in the US. I began my trip here, in good health, in Germany. I stayed with my sister in Weisbaden for a few days and also explored Heinz, Bavaria, and Frankfurt. On the way to see my friend Andrea who lives in Reisenberg we stopped in an adorable town called Bamburg. It was straight from a Christmas story with little bridges over canals, children playing in the snow, and beautiful old buildings. However, the main thing that drew me here was to try Rauchbier, a smoked beer. It was too dark and earthy tasting for my liking, but gave me a good reason to discover this neat town. After checking out numerous Christmas markets around Frankfurt I headed to a city I’ve been meaning to go to for years-Berlin!
I spent my first night in a hostel in close to so many vegan places I wanted to checkout, including a vegan shoe shop, Veganz café, and grocery store! With all the packaging in German, I wasn’t sure what everything was but knew it was vegan safe! Asking people “Sprechen Sie Englisch” helped me get clarity on a few things. I chatted to a guy who also was gawking over and the 2 fridges full of vegan cheeses; he was from Finland and flew to Berlin for the day to stock up on vegan supplies for a party. I love that about Europe-so many different cultures close together. After having a night in vegan heaven, I headed to a couchsurfers where I discovered more vegan paradise. We went to a place in Neukölln that had €2 pizzas. The neighborhood was an eclectic mix of punks and Turkish women in burkas. This pizza place was as grungy as it gets, but I loved it!
Berlin was amazing; where else do they have vegan doners, a hunk of vegloaf rotating on a spit?! Or the surprisingly cool Berlin Wall that has been transformed by artists. Or fast easy public transport, where I can wiz myself to 3 different vegan places within an hr before catching a flight. I suggest everyone go here if they find themselves anywhere in Europe!