Hello beloved readers! I hope you all had delightful summers and are beginning a beautiful autumn. I am so pleased to bring you some pictures and musings from my wandering summer and (hopefully) whet your appetite for more posts to come!
After a truly grueling spring quarter I jetted off to Germany for 3 weeks to see my brother and take a much-needed vacation. I spent most of that time with my folks and then 4 days by myself in Salzburg and Vienna. I learned a lot about listening to myself and about how to take care of myself in those days-- not the least of which being to take breaks and be kind with myself. And a reaffirmation that Exhaustion + Dehydration = Grumpy Kate.
Our road-trip led us through the Mosel river valley, into Bavaria and the German Alps. Along the way we saw copious castles and walled medieval cities and drank plenty of beer.
From Mosel-river cities we drove to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a well-preserved medieval walled city which is part of Germany's Romantic Road. Rothenburg is remarkable not only for it's age, but also for surviving both the first and second world wars. It was striking through all of the historic sites we visited how much was destroyed by bombings and later reconstructed.
After the Romantic Road, we headed toward Munich. My dad and brother are big WWII history buffs so, we had to stop at the Dachau Memorial which is only about 30 minutes outside of Munich. It is impossible to describe so I will only say that it is a place once has to experience to truly understand the magnitude of what went on. It is sobering to say the least.
From there we went to Munich! A city I would happily return to, Munich is full of modern life mixed with a rich and challenging history. I thoroughly enjoyed the walking tours we went on, one about the history of beer in Munich (duh) and the other an overview of the city's main sites as well as the pubic gardens.
After three glorious days in Munich, we headed for Zugspitze in the German Alps and then the castles around Fussen.
At this point, Dan had to go back to work-- so I went to Austria!
One day was too short in Salzburg but it was all I had-- then to Vienna.
My train trip back to Germany from Austria was...interesting. Suffice it to say that between not speaking very good German, being very tired, and being by myself, toward the end it was all I could do to keep my cool. While I have travelled by myself in the past, and also travelled without a firm grasp of the language, I have not done both at once. This was challenging but I am so proud of myself for navigating my way through it. It was an exhausting trip-- but oh so worth it.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my pics as much as I did going back through them! Upcoming will be more posts on how I packed for 3+ weeks in one small carry-on bag, all the art I saw, and my trip to NYC-- so stay tuned for those. This trip really reminded me how important it is to take care of yourself, even if it just means taking an afternoon off. It is very easy to get into a routine and never give yourself the care and love you need-- but you are worth it!
As always, I want to know your thoughts! How do you take care of yourself during stressful times or situations? Keep up with all of my adventures with #bettybetatester --xoxo