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Bonn

sunny 23 °C

Aachen is a hot spring place, with the distinction of being Germany's westernmost point, and also bordering both Belgium and the Netherlands and thus having a tri-meeting point! On the other hand, Bonn used to be Germany's capital, before Berlin snatched the title back. Besides being briefly the seat of power, Beethoven was also born there. Bonners are inordinately proud of that fact, with so many random things named after him, even though he publicly said that he hated Bonn lol. But don't tell a bonner that, apparently he'll cry.

Despite still feeling sore about not getting to visit Aachen, I set out and grudgingly paid over the 7.7 for the ticket there. Once there I got a map from the info center and went to the Beethoven museum. Cool to walk around where he lived for about 7 or 10 years of his life. And I realised that he had many good friends! I don't know why this should be of signicance haha but seems like many famous people lack friends. Saw so many paintings and busts of him, I think I'm tired of seeing his face already!

Walked around and saw some other stuff. Then to the bonn uni mensa for lunch cos I'm so poor. And asked someone for directions to the mensa cos I had no idea where it was, and since he was going to eat also he brought me there and we had lunch together. Studies theology and hopes to have a year long exchange in Taiwan next year. Cool. And later he brought me to see the clemens Schloss, which is also part of the uni but isn't on any map. And then set me on my way to the Haus der Geschichte. Nice guy.

I spent a few hours wandering around the museum. It was a museum chronicling the history and politics of Germany after 1945. I chose it out of the dozens of museums out the museum Meile (mile) because it wasn't about ww2 and the atrocities which I'd had so much of already. Furthermore, it's free haha. But so little of it was in English, and I was tired and wanted to be back a little bit earlier. In the end I skipped the last part because it felt sort of repetitive. But I did get a better sense of really how long the wall was up. Which is to say, a long time, and it's been down for such a short time!

Went back, had a falafel sandwich. That makes no sense, by the way, because falafel involves couscous. But I wanted to try it haha. It was alright. I read for like an hour there, til 8 and no on else was in the shop. Then I went to bed and read it finish. By then it was just before ten and my dorm mates were going down to watch the match! So I showered and then sort of joined.

First match of the World cup season, Brazil and Croatia. In a stadium even the Brazilian couple the previous day were very doubtful about lol. In the end Brazil won, but it was so marred by bad ref decisions and attempted dives it wasn't that fun to watch. Had another brand of Kölsch, finished a 0.5L bottle myself. Beginning to realise really just how lightweight I am.

Packed and then went to sleep. Woke up in the morning very unwilling to get out of bed. But somehow I manage and then I'm on the bus! To Berlin and to family :) I'm also very excited to get into a car and drive again by the way, hahaha. The last time I got into a driver's seat was when I adjusted the car in font so I could vacuum it properly. Autobahn here I come!

Posted by seaskimmer 02:36 Archived in Germany Tagged friend bonn cologne Comments (0)

Cologne is not for men

sunny 24 °C

Got to my bus in the morning, was one pleased that the air was cooler! Was asleep for most of the bus ride, but halfway through it rained and I felt so comfy. I love being in a vehicle when it's raining! Except when it's crazy heavy and I'm driving. But yeah. That was nice.

When I got to Köln it was 11am. From the bus I'd seen the Kölner Dom already, and it took my breath away. When I emerged from the 'right' side of the hbf, there it was again, and I admired how tall it was, how elegantly Gothic. Dumped my bags, ate leftover pizza, and headed back to it. Inside it was gorgeously high. I don't know why I was so enraptured by this cathedral when I'm usually kind of jaded when it comes to churches. Just the picture of it, rising up in the blue sky, with the morning light upon it, is enough to take my breath away. But it was really nice, I spent like 5 min walking around the interior with my head tilted up and eyes raised. Nice. And then I paid 1.5 to climb the 533 steps up one of the towers. Tough climb but I made it.

When at the hostel (station hostel) I talked to the receptionist a while, asking about where to go and eat. The hostel is pretty awesome actually, they have a free map with lots of tourist info on it. Really helpful. And there's a free walking tour in cologne! At 6pm everyday.

The hostel, and the hbf, is in the centre of the city but to the east. I walked south, roughly heading for Severins Tor, and letting myself drift left and right when I felt like it. And the South East side of cologne is really nice actually, lots of nice architecture.

Saw a lot of nice things, but one of the churches was cool. I think it was Mauritius. It wasn't very big, the inside was a pastel grey (if there is such a thing) which is a very sweet, gentle and warm colour, and was livened with some red/pink, blue, and yellow here and there. Not a lot, the quietness of the grey was dominant, but the colours gave the church extra vitality and sweetness. I liked that this church wasn't overly decorated, like the Dom and most other churches. It was very pretty, laid back, unpretentious.

Had a snack close to the tor in the middle of a green green field :) then roughly north West til I reached the place where the tour was to begin.

I was early so I sat and read lady chatterleys lover, until it was almost time and I began to freak out cos I didn't know exactly where it was. I even tried to Google and see if I could find it, but it somehow doesn't exist on the internet. Finally though, after wandering further I saw someone who might be the tour guide and yay it was.

Tour guide was from Seattle, the only other people were a Brazilian couple. So just a very small group. Who can blame anyone, publicity so bad haha. He was a fun guide but a bit unprofessional haha, like 'I have to take a photo of you guys in front of the dom because my bosses say so'. But it was good because I saw everything I'd wanted to see in cologne, my own walking and with the tour! That was the plan, and the plan was fulfilled. Yes.

One cool thing I learnt was that cologne was founded by Julius Caesar himself! Back when he was still just a general. Helped one tribe on the right side of the river to conquer that on the left side. And then started a proper settlement there. Also, he took some right side soldiers with him for his campaign, because they were so good at crossing rivers in full battle armour, while still staying in position. What a cool special ability hahaha. Imagine that in a game.

Cologne is also really the place that cologne was invented. (French fries are Belgian) and I knew this from my perfumes module already, but cologne is not necessarily for men, the technical term refers to any citrus scent. Cologne was invented by an Italian family living in cologne, and later another family basically ripped them off and sold the same, but renamed their brand 4471 after legal issues. And then it became world famous and cologne became not the name of a specific scent but for all citrus scents, and then unofficially also for all guy's scents. And why that number? It's something to do with Napoleon but I'm too lazy to type that out.

Went up to a pub near my place, that the receptionist had recommended. I passed over all the pork this time for a herring filet and potatoes, with gaffel Kölsch! Kölsch is a light beer local to Köln, or cologne (I feel like saying endemic lol). In pubs it's sold in 200ml glasses. And they put a mark on your coaster the first time you order. And when you finish a glass they'll replace it with a full one and add another mark, until you put the coaster on top of the glass.

I went back and then began desperately to find a cheap way to Aachen. Both train and bus is ridiculously expensive, 15 eur one way when it's only 45min! So I tried bla bla car and mitfahrgelegenheit, two car sharing sites, but basically it was too last minute and no one could get back to me on that sigh. But it could have been 2 to 5 eur only. So I gave up, and decided to go to bonn instead, which is nearer and thus cheaper. I was so broke it wasn't funny.

Overall I liked cologne a lot. Most people have said that cologne isn't the prettiest place, and disparage it, but I honestly liked the architecture.

And on a conclusive note, the weather was so much better than the days before!!!! 24 degrees at the highest I think, which is a little too warm when actually in the sun, but totally fine compared to before. Gorgeous (comparatively) weather.

Posted by seaskimmer 02:23 Archived in Germany Tagged germany cologne Comments (0)

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