European Holidays

Trip Dates: December 20th, 2017- January 8th, 2018

Places Visited: Esslingen, Stuttgart, and Bunde, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark

Highlights: Seeing my family, going out, shopping, seeing Charlotte, exploring Copenhagen, walking, christmas festivities

Every other year or so we travel to Germany to visit my mom’s side of the family, and I absolutely love it. It’s like my second home, and my only wish is to stay there longer. I love to see my Omi, and all my other family. I think Europe has such a different atmosphere than America, and I find it much more peaceful. We arrived in Esslingen on the last day of the Christmas market, so of course we went straight there after stopping to say hello. I love the Weihnachtsmarkt, especially the food. Esslingen also has a middle ages market at the same time, so that can be very interesting to see what stuff is for sale there and the old-fashioned food. My absolute favorite is the Dampfnudeln, which is like a doughy bread with vanilla sauce and either poppy seed or cinnamon sugar over it. It’s delicious. On our second day we visited the christmas market in Stuttgart, which is much larger and stopped at a little cafe for coffee and cake.

The next few days were a bit of a christmas blur, as Germans celebrate christmas on the 24th, 25th, and 26th, so we had big dinners, lots and lots of family time, and champagne toasts for three straight days. On the 26th, we went to the Weihnachtscircus in Stuttgart, which is a fun christmas circus that comes every year.

On the 30th, I was picked up by my friend Charlotte from Japan and we drove 5 hours to her home in northen Germany, in a town called Bunde. I had tons of fun reconnecting with her, meeting her friends, and going to a New Year’s Eve Party. On my way back to Esslingen, all of my trains were delayed, so I ended up spending an hour in Cologne and got to explore that city a bit.

After the holidays, I went to Copenhagen for a few days to explore. I found out a few things, 1. everything is incredibly expensive, and 2. everyone is so content there. It was an absolutely beautiful city, and I’d love to go back some day with friends. I was quite nervous about doing everything by myself, but eating out alone wasn’t that bad, it was cheaper and definitely quieter. I did get lost quite often due to my poor navigation skills, but I survived so it was worth the adventure. Enjoy the pics!

With love, Leonie

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