Friday, February 20th
I flew from Lofoten to Hamburg via Bodø and Oslo. This journey took about 7 hours but most of that time was spent sitting at airports.
Raining while boarding in Bodø
After landing in Oslo, I found my way to the international terminal at Gardermoen. Easy!
Gate 42 – Hamburg!
[Irrelevant fact: Copenhagen, Denmark is København]
I had a little over two hours to chill, I ended up eating a kale salad and talking to my dad. Shoutout to this salad for being the best but most over priced thing I’ve ever eaten.
Oslo at night
Welcome to Hamburg!
I really have no complaints about the adventure from Lofoten to Germany. It all went very smoothly and I’m thankful for that, that’s not something many people say about air travel.
I found my friend I was staying with and met his host family, he’s also an exchange student. Then we drove about an hour north to where they live.
Saturday, February 21st
We drove to the Ostsee (that’s German. Baltic Sea in English and Østersjøen in Norwegian) and walked around a little.
These Asian style buildings are super controversial! Some people really like them, some don’t because they’re in a rather traditional German area.
That’s a restaurant at the end of the pier.
A little bookstore
Saturday night we played Monopoly Deutschland. I’m terrible at the original Monopoly, so you can only imagine how I did playing in a different language. So much fun but what a challenge!
Sunday, February 22nd
We wandered around the beautiful city I was staying in for most of the day on Sunday.
The building in the middle is their town hall.
Take a moment to admire the cobblestone roads.
Monday, February 23rd
On Monday morning we took the train to Lübeck. I love how easy and convenient it is to take trains in Germany.
Train station in Lübeck
I took a million pictures but tried to narrow it down.
All exchange students have “tourist moments”
This picture makes me want to go to The Netherlands.
Again, the cobblestone streets and cool buildings.
Wednesday, February 25th
Lübeck round 2 (I didn’t take many pictures this day)
We ate dinner at a Scandinavian restaurant, figures! Then did a little shopping.
Friday, February 27th
Friday evening we drove to Fehmarn, an island in northern Germany.
Somewhere out there is Denmark
Saturday, February 28th
We spent Saturday in Kiel, just wandering.
Leave it to the American kids to track down a Starbucks coffee shop. This was my first Starbucks while I’ve been in Europe, so over 6 months.
German soft pretzel
For some reason, I was really excited about eating a pretzel in Germany!
Made sure to stock up on (my favorite) German chocolate!
Sunday, March 1st
I feel like this blog just came to a sudden, random end.
On Sunday, I travelled back to Norway.
It was super sad leaving Germany because I had such a great time.
Taking off in Bodø
Landing on Vestvågøy – home!