Endless fields of Saxony
I had planned no tourist stuff for Germany this time because I was only going to the places I had been to before with the main intention to meet up with some friends. It just wouldn’t have been right to come to Europe (with all the visa hassle and the distance covered) and not drop in to see those lovely people. My first stop was a small village not far from Leipzig where my mom’s courses were taking place. It was all familiar to me - the place, the people, and - what I was especially looking forward to when heading there from Vienna - that special warm, relaxed, tranquil atmosphere inherent to it. After my hectic traveling pace in Italy it was really enjoyable to do pretty much nothing during a weekend - wander about the village and its vast fields, sit on the front porch in the sun daydreaming, help around the kitchen chatting with the hostess, slumber in the afternoon reflecting on my life and regaining my zero.
We drove to Leipzig once for an organ concert at the Thomaskirche, a walk around the city and shopping (yeap, I love sales :)). Ah, sweet...
My next target was Frankfurt-am-Oder where one of my university mates had been residing after getting married to a German. My flight back home was due from Berlin so it was even more convenient to stay at their place for the last couple of days. Nastya has a little daughter and she was supposed to be busy with the kindergarten adaptation program but everything turned out better than expected and we basically spent the whole time together. The kid off to the grandmother on the first day, and we went to Berlin - a great city that had been the first place I was traveling in alone back then in 2007. When I think of Berlin it somehow stands apart from other German cities I’ve seen, maybe because they are all much smaller and logically have more of a German specific appearance and air.
Berlin, like most big cities, is cosmopolitan and diverse which makes it in no way less attractive for a traveler but which maybe explains its lack of national character. We spent a wonderful day in Berlin walking around the main places of interest to refresh my memories :) The weather felt rather cool to me after the Italian heat but I realized it had been only child’s play when I landed in rainy Moscow and what felt like +15C at the most few days later. My last day in Europe was just the perfect finale of my voyage - Nastya’s husband took a day-off and all together we drove to a theme park that I am reviewing below. Fantastic time! Loads of fun despite I was a bit skeptical about the idea at first and felt week in the knees from mere looking at those roller coasters when we entered the park :-O The impression was made only brighter as I was fighting with my fears, and beat them and enjoyed the most thrilling rides! I felt like a hero :)
Mom & Daughter, happy to be :)
And then it was time to come back home.. Too soon but then I knew I would be traveling to new exciting places in a while so there were no reasons to get blue. It was a truly incredible trip and its brightest moments will stay in my memory for ever. What a blessing - to travel to all these great places around the world and then travel back to them in our minds! Life’s a miracle, isn’t it? :)