Monday, September 1, 2014

My summer. Part 2 - Germany

Can't say I'm entirely happy about it. Just because I'd much rather work than study. But now that I'm back in dorms and am already chilling with my friends, it's not actually that bad. I just hope I can make this year as awesome as the last one. If not even better!

My dorm room :)

Now time to continue about my summer adventures. Two days after the kid's camp I flew to Germany to live with my sister for a month. As I said in the previous post - I was surrounded by kids all summer long. My sister "works" as an Au Pair nanny for a 5 year old boy. I put work in quotation marks because she is just more like a big sister to the little cutie. That family is so amazing, they took me in as their own the whole month I was there. So yeah I basically had to spend a whole month with little Oliver. I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but if you know me you also know that I'm not a big fan of kids and I honestly have no idea what to do with them. But somehow the days flew by and we spent them playing football (soccer for you American folks, lol), throwing dance battles and playing all sorts of games. And to be honest - I had loads of fun :)

On our free time me and my sister got to do and see some amazing things, places and events.

One of the things I really wanted to do while in Germany was to improve my German. And to do that I wanted to go to the Cinema. Cologne's cinema is probably one of the most awesome ones I've ever been to. We watched the movie Tammy. It was quite funny and the best part was that I understood almost everything! I guess my German isn't as bad as I thought.
A chocolate tower and pictures with some friends :)

One of the weekends was the Cologne's light festival. It was so amazing and spectacular! A half hour long firework show, great music, tasty beer and lights EVERYWHERE!

 This is from google just so you can get the idea what it was like :)

Also from google

Another weekend was the Bonn's beer festival. It was probably my favorite one. Not because of the beer. Which I also like, lol. But because of the whole event - the scenery was absolutely gorgeous! And yet again -  good music, great beer, great food and great people! There were things to do for everyone! Around 700 different beer flavors can be tasted at this event. And no, I did not get to taste them all! But I did try one of the best beers I've ever had - Belgium Cherry beer. I tell you people - it's the BEST!
 How amazing is this view?

 Even little Oliver had a blast!
With my sister :)

One day me and my sister decided to go shopping and do a little sightseeing in Cologne. To be honest - it is probably my favorite city on earth. Do not be surprised if in couple years I write new posts for there. Because I can easily see myself living there :) 

 What a gorgeous view :)
 Cologne's cathedral
 It's spectacular!!!
 The bridge is covered with more than 40 000 locks :)

In between those events of course we went to Bonn and Wesseling for some shopping sprees, we also went out for evening walks - my sister lives a half our walk away from the river Rhine. It's so peaceful and beautiful. All in all - I am in love with Germany. Always have been and always will be. There's just something about that country... I love it! And the month I spent there was probably the best one of this summer :) 

That's it for now. Wait for part 3 :)
Take care


  1. What an awesome summer you have had. Learning about different cultures abroad is so much easier when you live in Europe. I too have been to Cologne and spent time on the Rhine river. All the best with your college year.

  2. The photo with little Oliver over your head is adorable.


  3. I have an ex-bf who recently moved back to Germany. To him, all(well, most) of it is the best place in the world. See any cork floors? He is obsessed with how Wonderful cork floors are & I'd never even heard of them prior.

    You've been having a very good time for which I am incredibly glad.

    Oliver is rad.

    Good luck at Uni.

  4. Dear Baiba, your month-long-adventure in Germany just sounds like so much fun. So many sights--from a inspiring cathedral to lights on the river to food and movies and the discovery of just how much you feel at home there. So wonderful. I'm happy for you.

    And I look forward to the next installment! Peace.

  5. Wow! Your summer sure went better than mine. I didn't go anywhere. I just worked and came home afterwards. Oh well... :)

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  7. Hey keep posting such good and meaningful articles.

  8. What a great place to visit. I lived in Germany (Bitburg) as a kid and visited Cologne a couple of times. On my blog I'm posting about my bike trip along the Rhine last summer. I'm alternating it with book reviews. Last week was Death of a Salesman (thanks for commenting) and this week will be my first day on my trip: Frankfurt and Koblenz. Take care!