Recently I spent a couple of days in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland and nearby Interlaken. I was visiting my friend Gigi (and her adorable dog Luna) for a fun girls weekend and, as a bonus, I got to see a little more of Switzerland. I could never live in these small towns – sometimes Freiburg feels too small for me – but I certainly don’t mind visiting now and then to relax and enjoy the gorgeous scenery.
Being only 45 minutes by train from the Swiss border, I seem to find myself in Switzerland a few times a year. And now that my good friend Gigi lives in Lauterbrunnen, a little over three hours from Freiburg, I have an even better excuse to go down there. So a few weeks ago, I packed a bag and spent a couple nights in the Alps. I’m not really much of an outdoorsy person, but the Bernese Oberland region, where Gigi lives, is just gorgeous.
This spring I visited Munich twice. The first time was by myself and just for two nights. About a month later, Andy and I both went to Munich, and we spent four nights there. I didn’t really track my spending during the first visit, but I did track it while Andy and I were there together. Munich is not a cheap city, but it’s well worth a visit if you’re coming to Germany.
Munich is a beautiful city, especially when the weather is cooperating. The day after the disappointing visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, the weather improved dramatically. While Andy and I were wandering through Viktualienmarkt that day, he looked up and noticed a church tower where we could just barely see people at the top. Since we both enjoy seeing cities from above, we decided to go in search of this tower.
Germany has been feeling like fall since mid August, so it seems fitting to already be talking about fall and even winter plans. I make no secret that I am not a fan of winter. I didn’t like how cold it got in Atlanta during the winter, so dealing with an actual winter here in Germany is really tough for me. We’ve been talking about where to spend our winter for awhile now, and we finally have it (mostly) decided.
During my second visit to Munich this spring, I told Andy I wanted to see Neuschwanstein Castle. It’s the most famous castle in Germany, and even though I knew it was overrated, I still wanted to see it. It was a holiday weekend, but the holiday was a Thursday, so my friend Andrea, who was staying in Munich for three months, had to go back to work that Friday. Andy and I choose that day to go see the castle, a couple hours outside the city.
“By the end of this tour, you will understand why Munich is better than Berlin could ever hope to be.”
It was one of the first things our guide said to the group. I looked at my friend Andrea with doubt. Berlin had already stolen my heart when Andy and I were there for three months last year. Even though I could believe Munich had a lot to offer, I wasn’t so sure it would beat out Berlin in my mind.
Our recent trip to Budapest was a bit of a test for me and Andy. We were working and traveling, with actual contracts and deadlines, for the first time, and we wanted to make sure things ran as smoothly as possible. Even though the apartment we rented had WiFi, we decided it might be good to test out Tep Wireless to see how their mobile WiFi works in case we ever need it as a back-up while we’re traveling.
In July Andy and I spent a week in Budapest. It was a wonderful city, and I wish we could’ve stayed longer. It was a nice escape to break up the long stretch of time we had at home, and it was a trip to really test out working on the road. We did a lot while we were there, but working meant we skipped a few things we might have spent money on otherwise. Here’s how much we spent traveling in Budapest for a week.
Andy and I recently spent a week in Budapest. It’s been a few months since we returned from Southeast Asia, and we don’t have any big travel plans until the fall, so I was itching to go somewhere. It was also a trial run of working and traveling at the same time. Though we’ve done this before, this was the first time Andy had a contract while we traveled.