If I ever had to move to a big city, for me there’s only three different options that I could live with: Vienna, Budapest and BERLIN! To be completely honest with you, the first time I visited Berlin was when I was 18 and I didn’t like it AT ALL! In hindsight, a lot of that antipathy would have to do with the fact that they took a teenage country girl out of the familiarity of her village and to an unknown world which they called “the big city”. I was simply overwhelmed and a lot of the things that MAKE Berlin got much less scary when I started to get to know the city. I returned regularly and today can count it to my all-time favorites! There are so many reasons to love Berlin that it’s a bit of a struggle to get it all into one short blog article but I’ll try my best to introduce you to five of my highlights of the German capital.
“Home is where the heart is” was already sung by Elvis Presley and there couldn’t be any more truth to a few simple words. While his love story was the one of two humans, mine is of a different kind: the love story of myself and the small town of Bamberg…the place I live and study in and the place I lost my heart to – my HOME. It’s with great pleasure that I’d like to introduce to you this gem of Upper Franconia, only about 65 miles west of Grafenwöhr. What makes it so special? Let me first introduce you to a few facts before I get all romantic…*sigh*
If I’m perfectly honest with you, the Black Forest wasn’t always a destination that increased my heartbeat from excitement. Growing up with parents who never travelled any further than a maximum two-hour drive from home, and before any internet was available, most information came from books or TV. That’s why my first encounter with the Black Forest was restricted to an old-fashioned TV show called “Die Schwarzwaldklinik” (The Black Forest Clinic) which was broadcasted on national TV Saturday evening just before prime time. You can imagine it like the kind of soap opera that includes everything for the heart, built around clinical life: a family, doctors, nurses, intrigues, love affairs, medical disasters, heartbreak, last minute rescues… and the occasional landscape shot of forested land. It was a mandatory show in my family for 45 minutes weekly, it was cheesy like no tomorrow, and the Black Forest burnt itself deep into my brain as a place that you CAN visit but not really giving me the feeling of missing out if you didn’t.
With the current Corona crisis, hourly news and updates and all the restrictions and safety measures in place, it’s sometimes hard to keep sane. It’s even harder to deal with the circumstances given if you have been infected with the travel bug. What would you give for a little getaway right now? “It’s completely unrealistic,” you think? “International travel has been banned for the unforeseeable future!” True that… We love taking you through Europe and can’t wait to do so again. But travel restrictions are in place and currently no one knows when we can start again. Stay tuned as we’ll keep you posted as soon as the situation allows further planning. But in the meantime, why not discovering your new favorite destination from the safety and comfort of your very own house? Join us and you’ll find ideas for some Corona-compatible holiday feeling!