Stunning Festival of Lights in Berlin

What a fun and busy week. This is what I signed up for when I moved to Europe.

Botanical Gardens

I originally thought that this week would be very boring so I decided to spend a day in the Frankfurt Palmengarten. It was very nice and I got many beautiful photos. It’s rather small compared to the gardens in Berlin but the price was fair (especially for a student ticket). I think that gardens are one of those things that only certain people enjoy and for others it can be quite boring. I enjoyed the nice stroll and the weather, for the most part, cooperated.

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Beautiful flowers in the Palmengarten.

Festival of Lights

I noticed advertisements for this event on Twitter, texted my former host mom in Berlin and booked my bus ticket in a matter of a day or two. On Tuesday I hopped on the 7+ hour bus to Berlin and by Tuesday night I was staring in awe at the beautiful Brandenburger Tor.

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The Brandenburger Tor all lit up.

Wednesday night my host mom and I spent the night seeing all of the major stops. It was very cold and honestly everything pales in comparison to the Brandenburger Tor but still very worth it. I would highly recommend this festival to anyone near Berlin and seeing that the attraction is very young, it will only get better in future years.

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The Berliner Dom was beautiful.

Animal Shelter

As you probably have noticed, I’ve been spending a lot more time at the Frankfurt animal shelter. I have learned to completely take care of all the rabbits, guinea pigs and birds. There are two birds and three bunnies that have a special place in my heart and helping them makes all the early mornings completely worth it.

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This is my most special buddy giving me a kiss.

Night Out

What is a Saturday night without libations and debauchery? A group of friends went to see Inferno in a theater that actually plays original versions. It was pretty good but probably not worth the theater price (wait for it to hit Redbox). Afterwards, I joined another group of friends for a house party. The stupid thing about Frankfurt is that half of the public transit shuts down at about 1:30 am so if you are out at night you either have to call it quits early or commit to being out all night. I finally figured out how to use the night bus system so I no longer have such an ultimatum. Cue the Iron Man reference below.

And that’s it. That was my week. As you can see, school was basically a non-factor which is how I like it. Look out for next weeks post in just a couple of days.


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