Cardiff

Cardiff

I really thought I’d post regularly…. haha. Nope. But here I am, one more time, to tell you that I went on another trip! I spent a couple days in Cardiff, Wales, with a good friend of mine!

It was more relaxed than my last few trips and we spent some time watching Doctor Who and Torchwood and noticing where we run around the day before (so many places. SO MANY).

Most of what we did you can see on the photos, I wrote descriptions as always, and I’m not going to write a super long text for each day so feel free to just scroll down. For some reason, I put way more photos into this blog post than I usually do but I can’t find a way to narrow it down. Sorry.

Fun fact: in just a week I will be gone again, this time I’m kind of repeating my Warsaw and Berlin trip from February, just less cold and a bit shorter! I’m really excited to see my good friends again!

Day 1

  • Airline drama because if you fly with FlyBe from Munich there’s no online check in so every single person had to go via check in at the airport and there weren’t enough people and it took fucking forever and I was nervous for like three hours and I hated it.
  • Cardiff Airport is so smoll. Adorable.
  • Sleeperz hotel is amazing, mostly because it’s so close to everything and because we had a kettle and tea and coffee in our room. That’s everything I needed.

Day 2

  • I missed Pret-a-manger so much since November 2015. I was so happy to have breakfast there almost every day. I needed that.
  • The Doctor Who Experience is amazing and I can’t believe it’s going to close so soon! I had a ton of fun and it was really interesting!
  • It’s very easy to accidentally stumble across some places that appeared in various BBC shows!
  • So. Windy.
  • But the bay is very pretty!
  • So. Many. Seagulls.
  • Almost 19 years old and only now I realised that the Millenium Center has both the Welsh AND the English words on its front…

 

Day 3

  • The Castle is pretty and bigger than expected and they also shot about five thousand BBC scenes there….
  • Bute Park was full of people playing Pokemon Go. I was so surprised by this, you barely see anyone still playing it in Germany! And there were so many!
  • I love squirrels.

Day 4

  • For a city of only 360,000 residents, Cardiff has so many shopping centres. I really didn’t expect that! But great for us, we bought very nice things. I basically only bought books and my friend only clothes but whatever.
  • That AquaBus thing is adorable.
  • Watching kids not being good at sailing is very entertaining. So are the dozens of dogs enjoying the bay area!
  • Honestly, the walk around the bay was great, so many nice views!

Day 5

  • I finally got my art in the National Museum!
  • I never knew I wanted to see dinosaur babies so badly. They were adorable (even though long dead – obviously).
  • The whole area around the museum is really fancy with lots of nice buildings!
  • The weather was almost perfect until this day when it finally started to rain loads! I’m so glad it took so long!
  • Flying home was way less stressful and the airport is still super adorable.

 

See you soon ❤

day trip to Munich

day trip to Munich

The day after our trip to Salzburg, my boyfriend and I went to Munich. Munich isn’t far away from where I live but I’m rarely there to actually see parts of it and there are many places I have yet to see!

We went to Schloss Nymphenburg, which is a really pretty palace built before Bavaria became a kingdom. And because the Bavarian lords and ladies went a bit overboard with it, there are a few tiny palaces in a huge park as well. What even. It was quite interesting and certainly very nice to look at.

Afterwards, we went to the city centre, the town hall, the residence and more fancy and old buildings. I can also always recommend the English Garden, but more so if you actually want to sit down and read or nap or something like that (which we didn’t).

The weather was also really perfect so I can’t complain.

Again I realised that I like Munich quite a lot and I do wish I lived a tiny bit closer so that it wouldn’t be such a pain to get there.

 

 

See you soon ❤

day trip to Salzburg

day trip to Salzburg

Last week my boyfriend visited me and I showed him around a bit. We went on a day trip to Salzburg, Austria because it only is 1.5 hours away. (We had train problems so it took us definitely more than 1.5 hours to get there but whatever)

Just like last year, when my best friend visited me, we walked a lot through the city, had coffee and cake in a tiny café and saw all the pretty and cute buildings and streets.

We also went up the hill and saw the castle (or fortress) and it was really interesting and the view was just great! As you can see from the pictures below it started raining at some point and we could actually see the rain “coming for us”.

Salzburg isn’t huge but I still think it’s worth checking out as it’s really pretty and adorable and there are quite a few things to do there!

See you soon ❤

Budapest

Budapest

After Vienna and Bratislava, this was the last step of my recent trip. I had never been to Hungary before and so many people told me how pretty Budapest is so I was really excited for these couple of days!

This blog post includes even more photos than the previous ones so scroll down for those, please 😉

(Spoiler: my expectations were certainly met!)

Day 1

I arrived after a 2.5 hours train ride from Vienna. The train was super full, hot and not the best one but I made it. When I arrived I first saw the not so pretty parts of Budapest before getting into Budapest Keleti but on the other side of that train station, it got super pretty. The metro system is as easy as in Vienna (if not easier) so I got to my hostel pretty quickly, left my luggage, got my map and chose what sights to see next.

First of all, I walked to a closed bookshop. Hmpf. I was told by a friend who had been in Budapest last year that it’s a really pretty one so I wanted to check it out but no luck… So I turned around, walked past the Opera and to the huge and very impressive cathedral, looked around pretty Deak Square and walked down a fancy Fashion Street to the Danube. Wherever you get close to the river in Budapest, you always have a lovely view to the other side and can see some beautiful buildings! I walked alongside the river to the Chain Bridge (oldest bridge in this city), crossed it and went up the hill to Buda Castle.

From there you have such an amazing view, it was so nice, and I took tons of photos! I also went inside the castle into the National Gallery. It’s a very big gallery with many different kinds of art styles and lots of Hungarian art (but not exclusively). Through the gallery, I also learned a bit about Hungarian history and it was all in all really interesting. Because of its size, I was pretty exhausted afterwards so I found a (different) route down the hill, got myself some not-really-Hungarian dinner and relaxed for the rest of the evening.

Day 2

The next day I started off with going to Buda again to walk up that hill again. I kind of forgot about the huge, beautiful church up there so I thought let’s use this morning to explore that side of the city more and go up there again. It was certainly worth it, the Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion are so pretty and certainly worth seeing. I also walked a bit around on the hill and in front of it and saw some more pretty churches. (I’m not a huge fan of anything inside churches but the outside can be really stunning and fascinating to me!)

Next, I went back to my hostel. I was meeting up with a friend from Twitter (yes, it’s a recurring theme) and when she got there we went to the Heroes Square and the city park. It was really nice and relatively calm there (relatively because there was some sort of women’s run going on but apart from that it wasn’t very busy) and we talked a lot and I also definitely enjoyed not running around in the sun the whole time. I really did that a lot in that one week. Afterwards, my friend took me to Margaret Island which is basically just a huge park but in the middle of the Danube. I really saw a lot of green that day because we walked around the island as well! After some time at Deak Square, where we talked and watched random people dance salsa in the middle of the Square (they seemed to have so much fun!) we sadly had to part ways.

I didn’t do anything else that day but I really noticed how many people spend time in bars and pubs in Budapest. All of my roommates on Day 1 and 2 came home ages after I went to bed and you get bar recommendations everywhere. Apparently, that’s a thing in Budapest. It isn’t really a thing for me, especially when I’m alone, but sure, why not?

Day 3

I started the day by going to the Parliament and getting a ticket for a tour at lunch time. I suppose I was relatively lucky because there were only three places left in this one English tour and the next one was I don’t even know when. I then walked a bit around the Parliament, which is honestly one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. It’s so huge and beautiful and the details are just incredible. Inside it’s full of gold and fancy ceilings and columns and statues and I liked that a lot! The tour itself was rather quick but it was still interesting and you learn a bit more about Hungary’s history through it.

On this day I also saw the Liberty Square, some more pretty buildings and the great Market Hall. This hall is quite impressive, there are so many stands in there and you can buy so many different things. I couldn’t really buy much food because how would I carry it around or bring it home, but I did find a souvenir and a snack. My mum would have spent ages in that hall.

In the afternoon I went on a walking tour. I got a flyer from my hostel which showed these free walking tours where you pay tip based and they were either themed around the biggest or most interesting sights or something like that or a certain topic. I was torn between the communism tour and the Jewish district one but I accidentally signed up for the Jewish one so that was decided. And I certainly didn’t regret that. The tour was incredibly interesting and I didn’t just learn about Jews in Budapest but also a lot about the history of the city and of Hungary and I learned more about some places I had walked by a couple of times now. We went to three synagogues and walked by a bunch of Jewish shops and the “hipster” part of Budapest where bars and pubs are spreading like wildfire.

The tour ended in a beautiful bar which is the original ruin bar aka the whole place is a patchwork of all kinds of materials and it’s interesting and weird and just stunning. I wanted to come back later that evening but I had blisters on my feet and once I got to my hostel I couldn’t move anymore. So I just had Gulasch at a street-food market and chilled.

Some side notes:

  • On Day 4 I took a nine-hour train home which was… fun… and contrary to my expectations I didn’t have wifi which wasn’t great but whatever, I survived.
  • For some reason, my phone didn’t connect to the Hungarian phone network (or whatever you’d call that) so I had neither the ability to call or text someone nor my internet flat. This means I had to find my way around mostly without Google Maps which was slightly annoying. As soon as I crossed the border to Austria it worked again. Grrr.
  • The Wombats Hostel is super close to loads of bars, the pretty Jewish quarter and Deak Square aka perfect location. It’s also pretty, clean, affordable and quieter than I expected so I’d recommend it!
  • Everyone told me walking up to the Castle or the Citadel at night is amazing because you get a stunning view over the city by night. I sadly didn’t have time to do that but that sounds so great!

See you soon ❤

Bratislava

Bratislava

As I mentioned in my Vienna blog, I went on a day trip to Slovakia during my last travels. Bratislava is only an hour away from Vienna which makes them the two closest capital cities in Europe!

(I got there by train and I can definitely recommend the Bratislava ticket you can get on every ÖBB ticket machine at Vienna’s central station. It only costs 16€ whoop!)

I had never been to Slovakia before and I thought it might be pretty cool to see a bit of this country when I can. And I must say it was certainly worth it! I only spent six or seven hours there but in that time I could see a lot of Bratislava and of how adorable it is.

Really, it’s not exactly a huge city (about 400,000 inhabitants, but then again Slovakia isn’t so huge either) and it doesn’t feel as much as a central, capital city as for example Copenhagen does (which doesn’t have loads more inhabitants!). Instead, it felt like a city perfect for a day trip or two days maybe, perfect for just walking around, enjoying the cute little streets, amazing views and… pubs? Seriously, I felt like there were quite a lot of them. Maybe Bratislava is a bit like Budapest, people mostly come there to get drunk. I’m a bit bummed I didn’t have time to eat dinner there because there seemed to be quite a few really lovely small restaurants but I didn’t want to get home late as I had to plan my next few days on that evening.

I definitely recommend walking up to the Slavin memorial/monument. It’s really impressive and you get a great view over the city. I’m quite glad I walked up the hill right after I arrived because it got really hot on that day. Also, it was quite good to know how the city looks before I walked to other places.

It’s a bit of a walk from the central station to the centre but along the way, you can see a few nice buildings and a park and the presidential palace (at least I think that one was before the centre really began). When you get to the old town suddenly tourists appear! Before that, I felt rather alone but there were actually loads of people exploring the city, mostly older tourists groups though. It never got crowded though and that was really nice. As I mentioned, the old town is full of nice little streets, cute houses, a few squares and fancy buildings and parks. I really enjoyed just walking around there.

At some point, I walked down to the river, enjoyed the nice breeze that made me feel less like a boiling potato and then walked up yet another hill to Bratislava Castle. The castle really is super pretty! It was renovated not long ago and you can certainly notice that. It’s lovely to look at, inside and out, and there is a museum with a couple of different parts in there. I, of course, had to go inside and I learned quite a few things about the Castle, Bratislava, Slovakia as part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and Slovakian art. The view from this hill is also really nice!

Afterwards, I basically just chilled in the park next to the castle, ate the rest of my food, and walked back to the train station. I actually wanted to go to the other side of the river as well but I was so hot and exhausted at that point, I just wanted to shower and sleep, really.

All in all, Bratislava might not be super exciting or a bustling city, but it’s certainly great for a trip and worth checking out when in the area.

See you soon ❤

Vienna

Vienna

Hello, I’m back from another trip, this time I went to Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary with a quick day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. Surprise, surprise, I did loads of things and took hundreds of pictures so let’s blog about this lovely week, shall we?

Day 1

I arrived in Vienna after just four hours of train journey which is pretty short for me (by now). Then I got lost for about an hour (don’t ask), checked in at my hostel, and went to explore the city.

In this one afternoon, I already saw so many fancy buildings along the Ringstraße (basically the street of fancy buildings built by the Royals in the 19th century, photos of the things there below!) and saw a bunch of the big sights! I went into the State Hall of the National Library (Prunksaal) which is this huge, beautiful reading hall with statues and paintings and it was super impressive!

Afterwards, I walked over the Naschmarkt (it’s right next to my hostel) where you can buy all kinds of food and I wish I could’ve bought more or eaten there but it basically never worked out because of stupid timing.

Day 2

Right in the morning, I went to Schloss Schönbrunn, aka the palace where many Habsburg Royals lived (Sissi!). I had a super interesting tour through the palace and saw all the pretty rooms and got to know quite a few things about the Kings and Queens of Austria(-Hungary). It’s not the cheapest place to have a tour but for me, it was definitely worth it. The park is also really nice to walk through and it’s quite huge!

Next, I went to the art or art history museum. I kind of made it my goal to see an art museum in every country I visit as I’m getting more and more interested in it and that museum is BIG. The building itself is incredibly beautiful, especially inside, and it was a great place to visit and I saw a lot! The collection itself is so big that at some point I was too tired to really pay attention and basically just walked through the last few rooms quickly.

Afterwards, I went to see a bunch of buildings from the outside, namely the Belvedere palaces and the Hundertwasserhaus.

Day 3

You might know I’m quite a big fan of the Eurovision Song Contest (ha, ha, what an understatement) so of course I had to quickly visit the hall where the 2015 edition took place and take a picture. I did that right in the morning and after that, I went to the zoo! Vienna’s zoo is the oldest one in Europe and according to a bunch of flyers also the most beautiful one so I thought I give it a go (also, I had time because most of the things I wanted to visit didn’t take that long). Yes, the zoo was certainly pretty and I saw a lot of adorable animals. I also fell over way too many children because I went there during the week in the morning and apparently that’s a time for dozens of classes to go to a zoo. Sigh.

It got really hot on that day (well, it was hot every single day of my trip but still) so I feel like I mostly just crept slowly through the zoo and the places I went to afterwards.

I hadn’t really seen the Danube yet (Vienna is more next to the river than around it) so I went into that direction with a stop at the Prater. Even though amusement parks aren’t really a thing for me I kind of had to see this place and it was quite nice to just walk through (and I had a good ice cream there!). Afterwards, I went to the other side of the river where I read a bit in some sort of small park at the bank and saw some weird skyscrapers in the “UN city” (Idk, my map called it that).

Some side notes:

  • On day four I went to Bratislava from Vienna so you’ll get that blog post soon.
  • I was too exhausted to do anything in the evening but I felt like a lot of people went for a drink (or partying) in Vienna so that seemed fun.
  • A 72-hour metro ticket was very, very useful for me because after day one I thought my feet would fall off soon.
  • If you want to get into Schloss Schönbrunn get there early, before the hordes of tourist buses (there were so many when I got out of the palace, I was slightly shocked)
  • SUNSCREEN! Why did I not bring any?? I got a rather bad sunburn. Not nice.
  • People in the hostel were really nice and I had some great conversations with Americans and Canadians! The hostel was the Wombats hostel (I’m still wondering why on earth that name) and it was really clean and you had quite a lot of space so that was great.
  • Go to Austria when you’re 18. You have all the advantages of not being a minor anymore and you get the child price (Schloss Schönbrunn, zoo) or can get into things for free (National Library Hall, Art history museum) for everything.

See you soon ❤

MagicCon

MagicCon

Last weekend I went to Bonn where the first ever MagicCon took place and I had an incredibly amazing weekend!

No only because the convention itself was loads of fun but also because I could meet so many of my friends again that I hadn’t seen in ages! There are a bunch of girls I talked to last year for a bit but this year we spent way more time together and that was pretty amazing. That’s probably what I love most about conventions – the lovely communities and how easily you can find more people to talk to about the things you like. I also met my best friend again yay!

We went to the choir workshop again and even though I’m quite insecure about singing (because I know I’m not a good singer) I enjoyed it and I was quite sad that I couldn’t be on stage during the closing ceremony (or at least listen to it) because I had to leave the convention earlier to get home.

I didn’t really find anything to buy which is probably good for my wallet but it does make me a bit sad because I like to have something that reminds me of the convention.

The panels were mostly amazing and hilarious. Andrew Scott was such a lovely person and quite adorable as well, his answers were quite interesting and I’m so glad most fans didn’t ask awkward questions because he really doesn’t deserve that. After two years of cancellations, Dean O’Gorman was finally in Bonn again and he was funny and cool and I loved to see him with the other Hobbit actors in the Comedy Panel (which was so hilarious, wow). Tom Wlaschiha is an actor I didn’t really know anything about prior to MagicCon but now I really like him – his panels were fun and interesting and I feel like he totally fits into the group, I totally don’t mind him getting the nickname Deutsch-Mark (I hope it – and he! – sticks around). I didn’t like what I heard of Ian Somerhalder (both what I heard in person and what my friends told me who sat through most of his panels) but whatever, I can’t like everyone.

(I miss Craig Parker a bit and I hope he will be back. But at least Lori and Mark were as hilarious and lovely as every year.)

The parties were incredible as always and I had so much fun! Sadly we missed many of the good songs on the first night but we still had a great time so that’s what counts. And I kind of expected them to go a bit longer? But my body definitely thanked me for sleeping almost 4 hours every night.

Oh and there were so many incredible cosplayers, I wish (just like every year) I had taken more photos. I’m always so stunned and can’t believe how much work and money people put into their costumes. Amazing.

I have so many other small things I’d like to mention but I think this has to do, for now, I don’t want to get sad and miss everyone so much again.


There are a couple of photos below, not all of them are directly related to the Con but whatever, I like them.

If you went to MagicCon as well I hope you also had a lovely weekend there and are looking forward to next year as much as I do!

See you soon ❤