I have arrived back home from Europe a little tired but none the worse for wear. As I am attempting to re-acclimate and get caught up I have also been spending time reminiscing about the trip I have just taken.
Below are some of the experiences that stand out.
When I looked over this list I noticed that none of them are museum, tours or events but just life being experienced in a foreign land. To me this is what travel is all about. It is these experiences that make travel come alive.
So here are a “few of my favorite things”!
- Heading up to a lake above Mittenwald to cool off! Surrounded by the mountains it was a great place to relax and put my feet in the lake.
- During the first afternoon in Bamberg there was a brief rain storm. Instead of hiding inside I decided to take refuge from the rain under an umbrella and enjoy a beer, bowl of soup and realized I’m in Germany!
- Enjoying local music while having a traditional Bavarian meal in Mittenwald. Gotta love that oompah music!
- Wandering from one platz to the next and coming across an amazing group of men playing awesome classical music in Salzburg. This musical city did not disappoint.
- The uncomfortable feeling in my stomach realizing that my guide at the Synagogue in Budapest was born in the Budapest ghetto. The children of WWII are all we really have left and it is their stories that will keep the memory alive for the future.
- Experiencing football fanaticism up close and personal in Budapest! Not sure there was anyone left in Sweden because they all showed up to route for their team. Although they lost the European Championship Qualifying round, I’m sure they had a good time!
- As I watched children melt under the heat, I realized there is a universal language. Reading their faces I could tell exactly what they were saying even though I couldn’t understand a word out of their mouths. Body language is the universal language.
- The mountains in Innsbruck dusted with snow the morning after a thunder storm and the views of the mountains in Mittenwald. There is such peace in the enormity of these mountains.