Berlin

This is the last post I’ll write about this Europe trip, because I’ve been back in Norway for almost two weeks and have so much I want to share! Orientation has been so overwhelming and since I discovered that Sherlock is on Netflix, it’s all I can do to crawl into bed at the end of the night and episode and then have trouble sleeping so I’m tired the next day. But I digress.

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Leipzig: I likezig!

I left Munich to meet my sister at the Frankfurt airport, as she had taken the red-eye from Boston and had designated me responsible for “dragging her sorry ass to Leipzig” (her words) after a night of flying and no sleep, though entrusting to me this fairly straightforward task turned out to be a mistake. In general, I find travel-day-from-hell stories kind of boring for everyone but the storyteller, so I’ll spare you the details, but I’ll just say that our trip from Frankfurt to Leipzig involved a surprise stop at the Hanau train station (note: not on the way to Leipzig), and made what should have been a 3-train day into a 5-train day. May it be my last. Sorry, A.

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Munich - doing it right

My second day in Munich was also wonderful, and made me understand why people say that it is such a livable city (good restaurants and cafes and protected bike lanes and shaded parks and fast public transportation! Really all I want out of a city.) I spent the morning at another fantastic coffee shop closer to my apartment, Gangundäbe, which was serene and charming. From there, I walked to Man Versus Machine for my second cup, and even though I was planning to get another transcendent banana bread, I instead saw a new croissant-looking thing that wasn't there the previous day, my sixth pastry sense strongly pulling me towards it.

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Stockholm, really

I did go to Stockholm last year, too, but I liked it better this time, even though I mainly did the same things, which is walk around and go to the Vasa museum. It was quite hot this time, and the sun shone strong late into the day, but I was happy about it, as I'm trying to soak up as much summer as I can, before the sun rapidly vanishes from my new northern home. I like all the water, and all the boats, and how a lot of the buildings have elaborate tops—combined with Scandinavia's really fantastic clouds, it makes the sky look so fancy. 

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