Sunday, September 27, 2015

The ultimate road trip! Latvia - Germany - Latvia

University is in full swing and while it's only been a month, one particular class is already giving me anxiety. But all for the greater good, I hope.

So right before all this madness I went on a road trip with my parents. My sister lives in Germany and without a doubt we all miss her. I visit her every year but my mom is afraid of flying so we found a compromise - we decided to drive from Latvia to Germany and back. Already I had very mixed feelings about it. I'm a good driver just not a confident one. I don't even drive to Riga (the capital of Latvia) because I hate driving in big cities. And now I was about to drive across half Europe. Scary right? But I wanted to see my sister and honestly Germany is like my happy place and I'm always excited to go there. Plus I didn't really have a choice. Just had to suck it up and prepare for an adventure.

So I got a haircut the day before, got my journal and was ready for the road! It's around 2000km (1250 miles) one way. My dad drove first and halfway there I had to take over. Basically I had to drive all through the night (it started to rain in Germany and it was foggy and I was an emotional mess to say the least). But I did good. No speed limits, parents were asleep and the roads were not that busy. Around 8am I got to sit in traffic near Cologne and when the navigation said I'm only 1km away from my destination, of course I took a wrong turn and got lost because it said - drive off and then drive off. I'm a good listener. I understand people easily. Trust me. You can ask any of my friends. But til this day I still don't know what the navigation meant by that. But I found my way back and eventually got to my sister. We spent around 20h on the road. I hadn't slept for 48... But in the end it felt so good knowing what I'd just accomplished. I couldn't believe it. We spent the rest of the day kinda just napping and barely functioning because we were all tired and relieved to be there safe and sound. 

The next two days we spent in Bonn.
Bonn used to be the capital of Germany and it is also the hometown of Ludwig van Beethoven. We went shopping and also took a tour bus around the city. It was full of old folks and a golden retriever - both species I get along well with.

 North Rhine-Westphalia is the biggest and, in my opinion, the most beautiful state in Germany.
And both my favorite cities are there - Bonn and Cologne.
The tour was fun. Bonn really is a beautiful and interesting place.

When we got home, I had to cook that night. Another part of the adventure, I suppose. I'm a good cook, but when I have to do it for someone else who is an even better one, the pressure is on! But I did good and we all lived. So far, at least...

We went to Cologne the next day. Their hockey team Cologne's Sharks had their season opening event and it was a blast! Since I'm a hockey addict...
Got to check out some hockey players, listen to great music and walk around and enjoy Cologne. I'm always extra happy there because I really do love that city. It's beautiful and so alive and playful...

 Cologne's crazy architecture
Got to see Kasalla - Cologne's rock band. Love their songs.
And of course Cologne Cathedral. A gigantic, breath-taking beauty that does not fit in a photo.

We finished the night with some tasty drinks and a cake.
The next day was probably my favorite of the trip. We went exploring the Middle-Rhine Valley. Highway along the river, surrounded by mountains, wine fields and pure beauty. I literally was just clicking my camera's button because everywhere I looked the view was breath taking. 

A really beautiful spot was at the Loreley rock. Loreley was a female as a sort of siren who, sitting on the cliff above the Rhine and combing her golden hair, unwittingly distracted ship-men with her beauty and song, causing them to crash on the rocks. 

There are also so many castles and churches in the mountains! Too bad we didn't get to go see them all, but that's not really possible. We did go up to one of them and the view was simply amazing.

Marty, our little companion. 
A random church in the middle of the river

When we got back I was exhausted. But it was so worth it. I was in awe of the scenery and everything was so beautiful and peaceful. We finished the day with some delicious Chinese food and went to bed because the next day was our last one there and I had to have a good night's sleep since I was the first one driving. It was sad to leave. Germany always charges me up with happiness and I didn't wanna say goodbye to it and to my sister. But I did miss my pets and I had to get back to reality since it was the last week before uni.

All in all it was an amazing trip. And I definitely gained more confidence when it comes to my driving. I'm still not going to Riga though. 
The pets were happy as well since they got gifts. Martini got a new house and Reno got a fat squeaky raccoon. Life's good for all.

Who knows where the next summer will bring me.
Take care.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

*Something about life lessons and having fun*

If only my brain worked as well during exams as it does during those sleepless nights when million things are on my mind...

It's been a while since my last post, and as I sit in my bed, listening to Bon Jovi singing about life, I can't help but wonder what this last year was all about and what the next one has to offer.

My 3rd year of university begins in two weeks. I would be lying if I said I wasn't excited. I'm not entirely keen on studying, and thinking about tests and term papers makes me shiver, however, I am excited to see my friends and I can't wait for those crazy ideas that will make good stories afterwards. So much has happened since my last post. It's been a year. A year full of good times, great times and bad times. I've learned a lot. Not only about people, places and myself... I also learned Spanish!
I learned what real friendship is. At first I thought I learned what love is. But I didn't. Not the kind you feel for your friends, family and pets. I know all about that one. But the one you feel for someone special... that's still a mystery to me. I learned how easy it is to get used to the feeling that someone actually needs you and cares for you. I learned how easy it is to care for someone. I also learned how hard it is to accept that someone doesn't care for you anymore. The one thing I still need to learn is how to accept myself. And how to love myself. They should teach that in schools instead of math!

All in all... I'm ok!

This summer's been fun. Super fun actually. A couple festivals, some quality time with my family and friends and a summer job that put me in stitches! When you're the only female worker in a hardware store, you not only get to learn about grinding wheels and lawn mowers but you also get to hear a lot of jokes and bad pick up lines enough to write a book. But hey, I won a prank war and left that place with a huge smile on my face and an invitation to work there next summer as well. So can't really complain. And the next adventure awaits! I'm going on the ultimate road trip with my parents - 1250 miles - Germany here we come! Wish my parents good luck, because, well... I'm driving!

Take care!