Since I have been home, whenever anyone asks how my trip was, I always whip out my phone and show them all of my favorite pictures. You can explain to someone all day long how something was, but when you show them, that really is what makes them say “Wow”. So, here are some of my favorite pictures from my trip.
I remember when we first walked onto Augustusplatz and saw this building. This is the University of Leipzig. It is a breathtaking building. It would be beautiful in any setting, with its different colored glass, and architecture that looks almost like a church. It fits in perfectly on Augustusplatz. Settled in between buildings of different architectural styles, it really is a standout.
I took this picture outside of Warburg Castle. Walking up to it, I was expecting to see something like the Neuschwanstein Castle, something that really makes you think “castle” but once you got up close to it, you realized that this was a castle. It was huge. Expansive. And it even had rooms full of Luxury and glamour. This is where Martin Luther translated the Bible into German. Such a cool place.
This is a photo I took inside the Warburg Castle. It is the room dedicated to the heilige Elisabeth. She lived here with her husband Ludwig IV, and after his death, she and her children left the castle and she pursued a life of poverty, charity, and chastity. She was canonized shortly after her death.
This is a picture from one of my weekend trips. Sarah and I decided to go to Copenhagen, Denmark last minute and it was the adventure of a lifetime. Not only was it an incredible place to see, we also accidentally saw Sweden as well, because I (not paying attention. I learned my lesson) booked our hotel in Mälmo, Sweden. This picture, though, is a picture of the famous Nyhavn neighborhood. This neighborhood was bustling with people, live bands, and ships in canals.
One of the options for weekend travel was to take a trip to Dresden with interDaf. Wanting to see as much of Germany as possible, I went and I am so glad I did. It rained almost all day, and I took this picture at the end of the day when it stopped raining for about 20 minutes. What I love about this is you can see the different colored stones in the architecture. The darker stones are original to the buildings, and the lighter ones are from reconstruction after the bombings during World War II.
This does not to justice to how tall the Völkerschlachtdenkmal really is. Standing at 99 meters tall, aka 299 feet, it is massive. It is 500 steps to get to the top. The higher you climb, the more narrow the steps get. I could barely fit through as I climbed to the top. It was one of the coolest experiences in Leipzig.
I couldn’t tell you exactly where I took this picture. I can tell you it was in Leipzig as I was wandering around with the group. I just remember thinking “Wow, this is so Leipzig”. What I mean by that is Leipzig is incredibly eclectic. Tons of artists and musicians call Leipzig home, making paintings like this the norm. Graffiti is all over Leipzig, but a lot of the time, it’s cool. It isn’t all bubble letter profanities, it’s interesting. It’s different. It’s just so Leipzig.
My favorite pictures from Berlin. The first one is so inspiring. I love the saying. It really reminds you that your actions can have such a positive impact. You can be the change. What a message. The second one, the Socialist Kiss, is what people think of when you say East Side Gallery. I love this picture especially because of the sun shining, so dramatic in a humorous way if you ask me.
I don’t know why this makes me laugh so much, but it does, so I have to include it. I was walking through Ghent with my mom, and I look up and see a picture of Diddy plastered on a street light. I laughed for a goo minute, and had to snap a picture. Who would have thought someone in a small town in Belgium would have printed out a picture of Diddy, and put in up on a street light? I have a feeling the culprit and I would get along great.
This is Gravensteen castle in Ghent, Belgium. It was built in 1180 by Count Phillip of Alsace. Today, it is a museum, but not just any museum, it is a torture museum. It was my idea to tour the castle, who knows why. I was thinking “Oh cool! A twelfth century castle!” and completely ignored the ‘torture museum’ part of the description. Creepy, yes, but walking by it at night, I couldn’t not take this picture.
This is up there with being my favorite picture of my trip (it may even beat out Diddy in Ghent). My mom and I were in London, and earlier that morning had seen the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. While that was awesome, I was too busy freaking out over the possibility of seeing the Queen, and elbowing people out of my personal bubble to take a cool picture. Later, we were walking by, and almost no one was around, and I got to take this picture. It was our last night in Europe, and it was fantastic.