I’m still in awe of this beautiful city. As I’ve gone to write this post I’ve flicked back through all of our photos we took last week and Köln truly was incredible It is such a Théa city, that’s the only way I can describe it. I cannot believe it was only Tuesday we came back though, it feels like ages ago – time is flying too fast and I don’t like it!
Now I want to show you guys all of our other ‘non-boring’ photos as my brother nicely described our Facebook photo album. Isn’t he nice? Please be warned, some of these were taken on my phone so the quality isn’t outstanding.
Also, it may look like I wore the same outfit every day, I didn’t, just the same warm (head-turning) boots and coat during the day as I cannot cope with feeling cold, my circulation especially to my feet is dire.
As you can see I found the best wine glass in the world (vase but I immediately thought wine), we drank a hell’a’lot of beer and ate amazing German food and had loads of fun exploring together. I might be biased but I also put some pictures of Ben looking handsome in there for good measure! There’s a Lindt factory nearby (which we visited the day after the Sydney tragedy – awks) and I’m obsessed with chocolate so we couldn’t not take a look inside! We also had the richest hot chocolate ever after in their little café, plus had our own personalised chocolate made. Mmmmm they’re in our stockings ready for the biggest feasting day of the world.
Does anyone else on Christmas Day just go absolutely mental with their portions? Maybe I’m just the only gluttonous chump around here 🙂
Only FOUR days to go!
Oh and how could I forget? I actually crossed another item from my bucket list, number 49:
49) Go to a PROPER Christmas market (none of these British City wannabes)
First up, to avoid any confusion, Köln is the German word for Cologne but I always feel it is appropriate to use the actual name of the place rather than the English translation – it’s almost bordering on ignorant. Alas, Ben and I went to Köln on Saturday for a cheeky four day trip to discover the city, get me speaking a bit of German, enjoy their amazing food and of course visit their many’a Christmas market – which might I add, did not disappoint.
So that I can split this into two blogs (so you’re not completely bored by our photos) I have tried to opt for ‘architectural/historical’ photos in this blog which may be pretty boring to those of you who have already been to the city. Just so you know, I can’t really take credit for these photos, Ben took most of the ‘arty’ one’s, I don’t really have an eye for capturing a good pic. Most of my photos consisted of booze and food – nommy. Don’t worry, it’s what you’ve got to come.
Cologne is a beautiful city, although four days to roam around is plenty. For some reason I thought it’d be a little bigger but you could easily walk around it in 2-3 days – on our final day we spent 2 hours twiddling our thumbs before dinner! This isn’t a bad point by the way, I just don’t suggest you spend longer than 4-5 days there especially if you’re doing a tour of Europe or Germany.
Going to Cologne only enhanced my love for the country; their food, drink, language, friendliness and ways of life are just a touch above anywhere else I have ever visited. Their transport system for example is miles ahead of the UK’s. 3 hour delays in rush hour are just unheard of. Litter on the streets is rare and rude locals are non-existent. Another awesome city that Germany has to offer, it is definitely in my top 5!
What unlucky person gets their 5th cold of the year 2 weeks before Christmas but more importantly 3 days before a holiday? Oh wait, ME! I know I sound like a Moaning Mertle but my last cold lasted for 10 weeks, which only buggered off at the start of November…and now I’ve had another one attack my face.
So yes, I’m less than happy to say the least!
However, I’m trying to stay on the positive side because there are people out there who struggle to breathe everyday, not just when they have a pathetic cold. It’s times like these when I normally start to put things into perspective. Friends that have acted childish, deliveries of clothes that haven’t turned up, my weight which just won’t shift…how can I moan about these juvenile problems when there are people out their struggling for their lives right now?
I live with and am going to marry a paramedic so I often hear stories of people losing limbs, seconds of their lives and even their own children. It has really opened my eyes to being such a grumpy, moody soul and made me really try and appreciate everything in life, even down to silly things like being able to type this!
I want everyone reading this who has something on their mind, something bothering them, something that’s upsetting them to just take a step back and think of those people in hospital tonight, those people who are praying that someone makes it through, those people who will never be able to hear or see their children play again. Just think how fortunate you are to be breathing okay, to be happy and healthy.
That is all ❤
This time in 7 days I will be done with German….until October but I’ll forget that for a while. I love the language, don’t get me wrong but working from 8-5, cooking dinner, revising from 6-10 is getting very tedious. I’ve put Spanish on the back burner for a while but I discovered today that we only have writing assignments and exams left for that – result!
Anyway, it’s Friday, the sun is shining, I have a glass of wine in hand and I have a lot to be thankful! I’ve recently been following a blogger who I’ve stalked a teeny bit (WordPress is my only source of distraction now I’ve temporarily deleted my Facebook, desperate times guys) and she is genuinely incredibly happy all of the time. I wish I had that mental attitude, it’s something I am definitely going to make the effort to change. It just rubs off doesn’t it! If I knew how to make a hyperlink I would send you her blog so Charlene, if you’re reading this, comment below so people can be as inspired as I am by your writing!
So some updates….
Today I went and handed in our forms to the solicitors to get the ball rolling for our house. We’re also going back tomorrow for a second viewing eeeh so excited. Our ikea shop last weekend has really got me inspired, I even downloaded old school Sims on my laptop a few weeks back to decorate the house! Sado.
I also got an invite to a friends wedding this year, the only one of 2014 it seems…nevertheless, still cannot wait! I love dressing up, making an effort and having a few bevs. I’m only 22 (23 in 11 days – bleurgh) but I feel like I never get to go out anymore, my pals just have no interest in the whole cocktail nights out thing. They’d rather go down our local pub for a cider and a couple of wines. Not that I would ever turn that down…I was even greeted at my door after a late day in the office by Ben with a glass of white wine, I’d been good the whole week, with food and my work load – how could I say no!
It’s 40 days until I go to Ireland for my first time too, another reason to be happy! And to top all of this happiness all off, my friends and I have booked something for my birthday which will mean crossing something off of The Bucket List!!! Canne wait!
Happy Friday People!!!
P.s, these were my beautiful flowers from Ben to cheer me up. There are perks to having a boyfriend!