It’s safe to say that ever since I moved to Germany, my wanderlust has been at an all-time high. I’ve traveled throughout northern and eastern Germany to cities including, but not limited to: Flensburg, Hamburg, Leipzig, Furstenwalde, Dresden, Bestensee, etc. I’ve been to some of these cities numerous times, (Hamburg three times and I’m going back this weekend!) I mean, who wouldn’t love a city as beautiful and enriching as Hamburg.
My day-to-day life in Berlin is so busy that I often forget to enjoy the fact that I’m living my dream. I’m living abroad, I have a great group of friends that support me, I get to travel throughout Europe, and ya girls getting slim thick ayeeeee. But in all seriousness, I couldn’t ask for a better life right now.
Weekend and day trips are my absolute favorite! I’ve already taken three trips this month and have another one planned this weekend. I’m finally at a point in my life where I can pursue my passions like blogging, vlogging, and traveling.
Whenever I travel I like to visit a place I’ve never been to before – if I’m going to the same city, I try to explore a new area that I haven’t yet seen. Last weekend was my third trip to Hamburg and every time has been better than the last. This past weekend I stayed outside of the city in a small village type area with a friend. It was so refreshing to have a break from the innercity life and Reeperbahn.
We started our weekend at a delicious Turkish breakfast restaurant. It was so lecker (delicious in German) that I forgot to take pictures and get the name of the restaurant. (So unlike me, I KNOW!) It was a 10 euro buffet close to the Bahnhof with the best-tasting breakfast items that I’ve ever had. Yum!
Next, we decided to further explore the city.
I absolutely adore middle-aged, old town architecture, which is why I loved this building.
Our next destination was my favorite part of the whole weekend. Despite the fact that I’ve been to Hamburg numerous times, I’ve failed to go inside the infamous Elbphilharmonie. (You should hear me try to pronounce this word, ha!) The Elbphilharmonie is famous because it is one of the largest and most acoustically advanced concert halls in the world. What I find incredibly intriguing about the construction of this building is that it was estimated to cost 241 million euros, but ended up costing 789 million euros!
I can totally understand why the construction of this building was so expensive after actually going INSIDE the building. It was absolutely breathtaking – which made me feel better for being such a tourist and taking a million pictures.
After touring the outside of the building, we decided to go inside and grab a beer. (I mean, we are in Germany.) I find it so interesting that before I moved to Germany I hated beer, and now I actually enjoy the taste of dark beer. Hey, maybe Germans just do it better. 😉
My bus back to Berlin left at 13 Uhr (1pm) on Sunday, so we just got some tasty Franzbrötchen and walked around the city center and got lost looking for my friend’s car. Hahaha
All in all, it was an amazing weekend. I got some much needed down time and rest. In two days time, I will be back on Flixbus for three hours headed to Hamburg once again. I may have a slight obsession. 🙂 Like I’ve mentioned before, my favorite part of Hamburg is that the locals are called Hamburgers. My friend and I walked past a sign that said “Hamburgers..etc” and I could not stop laughing for a good five minutes. Oh, the small joys of life.