From Bavaria to Berlin


Crossing into Germany to Switzerland by train, we felt like we had to make a stop at the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. A visit to the fortress has to be booked minimum 48hours in advance so we decided to do the quick, cheap and easy version where we booked a bus ticket from Füssen to the village of Hohenschwangau where we could walk 20minutes up to Marienbrüvke for a perfect view of the castle. The only problem was, just like Venice, the place was packed with Asian tourists- to the degree that you almost constantly walked in a line with the masses. After walking back to the train station in Füssen, which took another half hour, we had just spent one hour and paid only 2,25€ for our visit, unlike people who had spent lots of time and money waiting in a queue for their guided tours of the castle.

The queue for the compulsory photo from Marienbrücke

The evening and night was spent in München at the annual Gay Pride (Christopher Street Day) and Tollwood, free, open air festival before jumping on a train to Berlin early the next morning.

Gay parade on Marienplatz

Berlin was perfect for just spending a few hours before my evening flight. The train station is close to Brandenburg Gate, the Jewish Genocide Memorial and the Rechstag Building. Food stands are plentiful and I got to do some gift shopping before flying back home to Trondheim.

Driving job to Berlin

If someone would ask me if I would like to go on a trip for free, I would most likely say “yes”, but if someone asks me if I would like to go on a trip and get paid for it I say “hell yes”! My teacher asked me that last question, with the connotative meaning being that she would rent me a car, pay for gas and ferries and give me some pocket money for moving her stuff to her new bought apartment in Berlin.
With turbodiesel on our car and no speed limits on the roads, me and my friend got to Berlin after few hours of driving off the Colorline ferry in Denmark. Even though we had just planned being in Germany for less than a day, we had rented a luxurious junior suite at a five star hotel in Berlin. We were both happy that the room had two bathrooms with rainshowers after sitting so many hours in the car, and as soon as we had showered we went out to the clubs at Schleissiches Tor to meet some friends that I studied with in Austria. After just a few hours of sleep, we drove the thousand kilometres back to Oslo thinking about the fact that my teacher just paid for all that.



Celebrating NYE in Bremen

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I´ve never discovered the geniousity of Ryanair before now. It´s noisy, small, crowded and it doesn´t allow you to bring a carry-on that is one gram heavier or one centimeter bigger than the limit, but it takes you from point A to point B safely and really really cheap. A one way ticket was 48NOK (plus the 100NOK visa payment fee) and since the hotel was less than 250NOK a night/pp and food and beer did not cost much in Bremen, the trip was easily worth it´s costs. During the week we stayed there, we went to a shisha lounge, some museums, visited some friends of mine and spent NYE out at the bars. The food selection was great: restaurants with traditional german food, and other international restaurants. Bremen Science Center can be recommended, as well as a bakery coffee shop called “Backfactory”.

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