Hey guys! I am home from my exchange in Germany and I have so many things I want to blog about! Especially all the amazing trips I’ve been on. Two things have stopped me from doing this though, the first one being the absolute worst internet in the world. It has been impossible to upload pictures here, just updating my instagram has been a PAIN and engaging on other peoples posts has been a struggle.
The other reason I haven’t been able to be active is because someone broke into my dormroom and stole my laptop (and a bunch of other things like my wallet with all my creditcards and ids….). Yup! That was a lovely surprise and it really ruined my german experience, that wasn’t that great from before either.
I am back in Finland now trying to fix this disaster. I am most upset about my bachelor thesis that was on the computer. Oh well, you live and you learn and I definetly learned to backup my things more often…
I do bring some good things from my exchange, like my 3 best friends! Although they all went home to France and Korea so I didn’t bring them with me… just the memories. 😉
Two weeks ago I finally had a chance to go to Ljubljana. I was excited to finally be able to visit the city since I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. I was a bit nervous about going by myself because it’s not something I would normally do. Other people travel solo all the time so I decided to just go ahead and do it.
The trip there was great, I made friends with the guy next to me on the bus. During the whole trip there I was feeling a bit sick but I blamed it on the late night I had before and I sometimes tend to get motion sickness. I arrived to Ljubljana and waved my new found friend of since he was heading to Zagreb.
I found my hostel, made friends with a Spanish girl and who lived in my room. We decided to head out to explore the city and I was amazed at how pretty it was. We walked for a few blocks and then I got r-e-a-l-l-y thirsty. Thirsty like if I don’t get water now I will fall down and die on the street. We found a cafe and sat down and I ordered something to drink. 10 minutes later I start feeling really sick. I throw up in the bathroom and we leave. We go back to the hostel and rest a little and I feel better so I decided to go out to eat with my new found friend.
The next morning I woke up and I just throw up again and again and again and again and again and again and again. It was awful. I decide to go get a hotel room because being sick in a hostel sucks. Which was the best decision ever! It’s great having your own bathroom where you can cry and throw up in peace. I spent 3 days just throwing up and had to rebook my tickets home.
Also there was a public holiday so I couldn’t get any medicine without going to the hospital. Thinking back I should probably have gone to the hospital since I was fainting and couldn’t keep any liquids down. However I didn’t want to go because I was in a foreign country and I really didn’t want to be stuck in a waiting room for hours and throw up everywhere.
Now whenever I go anywhere I make sure to bring medicine. I bought a tiny little bag where I can keep the basic things so if I ever get this sick again while away from home it will be a bit more bearable.
One place I have been posting about A LOT on instagram recently is Innsbruck so I thought I’d dedicate a post about our trip. It was only a daytrip and it was very convient getting to Innsbruck. From Munich you can get a flixbus for cheap, if you’re lucky you can score a oneway ticket for 8 euros. Crazy cheap! We payed around 35 euros total for our trip, including the transport from Kempten to Munich! The bus from Munich to Innsbruck took around 2,5 hours, so it was pretty quick!
Once we arrived to Innsbruck we were starving, since we went on a Sunday a lot of places were closed or crazy expensive. (OR WE WERE JUST SUPER BAD AT LOOKING!!! It’s terrible being anywhere without internet. We just had to rely on finding a place by walking around!) We found a great place though and we sat outside in the sun eating. My friends got HUGE pizzas! Just look at the picture above that my friend took! I got a pasta and it was alright but I would rather have had a pizza!
After we got some food and a sunburn we decided to head up a mountain. It was a bit tricky to find our way up, you have to switch the cable car twice which we didn’t! So we had to go down and up again! The view at the top was AMAAAAAAZING!!!! If you are a student the cost is 24? euros (!!!) which we didn’t know about so we payed the full price for our tickets to go up the mountain.
After that we headed back down again and explored the city for a bit. There was an Easter market going on but it was really tiny. 90% of the buildings we saw were beautiful! Innsbruck was one of the prettiest cities I have ever visited! There is also a roof made out of only gold and it’s a tourist attraction. I did not see it, even though we walked past it and my friends said “look is there is the golden roof” I did not see it. So I am just going to assume it was not a great thing to see because I did not notice it while walking past it.
After that we visited 2 parks in Innsbruck. They were both super pretty! The park above is in the Stadtpark.
We also went to the Hofgarten which was a bit bigger than the Stadtpark but equally pretty. There were also a pretty cool chess game going on that my friend took a picture of.
Saturday we had an amazing opportunity to visit the shloss Neuschwanstein with all the exchangestudents at Kempten UAS. I didn’t have that much knowledge of the castle before we went, so I was literally blown away by it. Lucky for us we had our own bus so we didn’t have to worry about getting there, I did hear it should be possible by normal bus as well bu I’m not sure about the timetables. We also didn’t have to worry about getting tickets, because they were prebooked for our group. LUCKY US!!!
The walk up to the castle took about 25 minutes and I didn’t find it very hard at all. I did hear a lot of other tourists complaining about the walk, and we passed a lot of tourist on our way up so I guess if you’re not fit it might be a bit more challenging. There are horse drawn carriages you can also take up if you feel like it!
We did the tour and it was absolutely worth it, you were not allowed to take pictures inside the castle. My favorites were the thrown room, the king’s bedroom and the cave! The tour took around half an hour and after the tour we decided to head towards the bridge. The bridge was also were we got the amazing shots looking towards the castle! If you have a fear of heights don’t go to the bridge. The bridge made my stomach do a cartwheel just looking down!
A few days ago I finally arrived here in Germany. The trip was pretty long, or at least longer than it needed to be but I’m all about chasing those cheap flights! I’m pretty busy doing orentation right now, I would like to say doing an exchange to the U.S.A a few years ago was easier. Almost all the forms are in German and it’s a bit of a struggle.
Another thing that has been a struggle is internet. Free open wifis don’t exist at every cafe and getting an unlimited surfplan for your phone is not a thing. I finally found a prepaid card that give’s me 1,5 gb data for 10 euros. Which to me is nothing, but it will be enough to power my Whatsapp and Messenger when I’m on the go.
So far I’ve tried to explore the city as much as possible. The buildings in the older part of the city are super pretty! I’ve been to a local market where we tasted some sausage (not me because I’m vegeterian) and something that looked just like mac and cheese with onions on top, which was delicious! We also enjoyed some cheeses, which was nice because I love cheese.
How crazy isn’t this? I’ll be flying Turku-Stockholm-Oslo-Munich and from there take the train to Kempten! There isn’t any wifi where I live but I will drag my laptop to a cafe and blog all about what’s happening!