Everything went very smoothly with checking out of Magdeburg. I went to Berlin to pick up Andrea, we toured Berlin, and came back to Magdeburg. She was pretty out of it – who can blame her. We woke up, cleaned my room and had the meeting with the Hausmeister. Then we headed to the train station in Sylvias car and I said my final farewell to Magdeburg. I’m really glad Andrea was there, it would have been harder to leave all alone.
So we made it to Frankfurt, I checked my huge bag at the airport for the week. Our flight to Milan was on time. Dianes friend picked us up from the airport in Milan, and we went back to their house to spend the night. They were incredibly gracious. Today we are going into Milan and then heading to Venice by train!
So excited! Except for the fact that we are going to stick out like sore thumbs in the Fashion Capital of the world today. Hah.
Peace and Love!
Since I spend a lot of time on the train, I took a short clip of what the scenery looks like so you all can see it. So picture this looking at this for 3 to 6 hours… The song in the background is a very popular song here in Germany, called Alles Neu by Peter Fox.
On Saturday, I woke up and headed to the train station. I was going to Spreewald, a huge national park area south of Berlin. Professor Neumann, his wife and son were there to meet me on the other end. They were awesome, and I really enjoyed their company. As you can see from the pictures below, this area was GORGEOUS!!! It reminded me of Venice, only Venice as a nature preserve. We drove to the town, took a boat ride tour of the area, got a traditional Babbenbier that is only brewed in the area, saw the castle turned hotel, grabbed coffee and cake, and headed back to their house.
They have sheep!! In their back yard! One of the little sheep was only born 3 days ago, so it was really tiny. It was funny because it couldn’t figure out who its mom was! I was in for a treat because it was the city festival that happens once a year. As we were walking through the carnival booths and food stands, Professor Neumann commented that this is the only time of the year you actually see people in the streets. We went back to his mothers house who lives right across the street, and since we had some time to kill before my train came, we had champagne and chocolate.
It was good to be talking in German the whole day.
I mixed up the train times and ended up getting stuck in Berlin for 2 hours until 11pm. I decided that instead of just sitting there and waiting, I would walk around. Berlin at night is amazing. All the lights, people, energy in the city… There ended up being this ritzy party thing going on with live music. Then at the end, about 15mins before my train came, there were fireworks!! I LOVE fireworks, so this almost made my 2 hour delay worth it. I immediately thought of 4th of July, so these were my 4th of July fireworks.