I still remember my first day of German class. I walked into the classroom and on the board, my teacher had written the words, “Mein Fish ist tot” and they have been forever ingrained in my memory since the 8th grade. My high school German teacher was amazing and I always had good grades. I loved German and knew I wanted to have a career using German.
Traveling has been my greatest teacher. I have learned more through traveling & researching than I ever did in a classroom! Traveling has brought to life the history we read about in books and watch in the movies. It has awoken my historical imagination as I walk through a new historic city center & I imagine what life must have been like to build that massive cathedral brick by brick or building that bridge over rushing waters. I always imagine people in the olden days before technology pushing wooden carts, selling their goods reminding me of the little village Belle from Beauty & the Beast walks through.
1. Booking Your Flight
The sooner you book your flight the better. I recommend not booking your ticket at least than 3-4 months out, if not more. The farther out you book your trip, the more likely it is your flight will be cheaper. The closer you wait, the more it will jump! Germany has two big tourist seasons: summer (July-August) and then winter (December). Try to book a bit before or after these months.
September is also a big tourist season, thanks to Oktoberfest. Any attempt to come during this time and you will pay hefty prices for airline tickets and hotels, especially anywhere near Munich.
For many people, visiting Bavaria is like walking into the picture of Germany you have in your head. Quaint little towns with beautiful architecture, stunning views of craggy mountains, and gleaming lakes the deepest shade of sapphire make this southern region of Germany one of the most scenic areas in the world.
If you’re visiting for the first time, there’s plenty to keep you entertained, from outdoorsy adventures to restful spa trips and learning all about the history and culture of the small villages that dot the outskirts of the impressive Alps. But before you hop on a flight, check these nine things off your to-do list — not only will it make your trip easier and maybe even save you some money, but you’ll get impossibly excited for your next adventure along the way.
My real first name is Lorelei. I was named after my mother’s middle name which my grandma had given to my mother. As to where my grandma found the name Lorelei, I have no idea. As to why she gave it to my mom, I also sadly have no idea. However, my father loved my mom’s middle name so much, I was blessed with the unique, very uncommon first name of Lorelei.
It wasn’t until I was in the 8th grade, when I switched from learning Spanish to German, that I learned my name was German and came with a story. Ever since that moment, every other person upon learning that my real name isn’t just “Lori” but Lorelei, always ask me if I have ever been to, seen, or know of the Loreley am Rhine and the story behind it.
1. Germans are the second biggest beer consumers in the world after the Czechs!
2. Therefore, I need to mention that in Bavaria, beer is considered food.
3. The youngest billionaire in Germany is the German Prince Albert II von Thurn und Taxis right here in Regensburg!
4. At the moment, Germany is Europe’s strongest economy.
5. There are 1,300 breweries in Germany with over 5,000 different variations of beer.
6. During WWI, Germany was the first country to start using Daylight Savings.
7. Apparently, Germany was one of the last countries to ban smoking indoors in restaurants and the workplace because government officials were afraid to imitate Nazi officials who looked down upon smoking.
The mountains were covered in glistening white snow and the sun was shining so brightly, I had to raise my hand to block out the sun in order to take in the breathtaking views.
I was bundled up in my frilly pink pea coat and my favorite little black dress plus two scarfs. As the powerful mountain winds blew I turtled my head back inside my scarf and turned against the wind. Looking out towards Hans and laughing against the bitter cold that was pushing us backwards, we reached out for one another. We held on to each other and cussed under our breath how cold it was as we braced ourselves for the next gust of bitter wind. I kissed his lips only to feel the shock of coldness lingering on his lips and I stood there in his arms and thought how lucky I am to have found him.