Hello sweet peas!
Today I wanted to tell you a bit about the awesome day I got to spend in Cologne back in January, because honestly Cologne was such a cool experience!
I was lucky enough to meet up with one of my NZ friends on exchange with me in Cologne, which was kind of unbelievable – we couldn’t quite wrap our heads around how casually I could text her on WhatsApp saying “hey, do you want to meet up in Cologne tomorrow?”. That is surreal. Trust me.
It was my first proper English conversation in about four/five weeks, although we spoke quite a bit of German just because we were so used to it by then! 😉 And of course our conversations were hardly worth being in English for privacy reasons seeing as our all the Germans have amazing English. however it was quite entertaining watching our host mums and sisters look on as we used sincerely quaint English expressions – we started behaving far more English than we truly were! Nothing quite like not speaking English for four weeks to bring out all the best slang in you!
Luckily, my friends host mum was a local to Cologne so we had our own guided tour of inner city cologne – including the comparison of the extravagantly impressive and stunning Cologne Cathedral (which by the way was literally at the train station – I love how the European cities just sneak their landmarks up on you like that!), to a less extravagant but nonetheless awesome Roman style church just down the road a bit!
Apparently no trip to Cologne should skip over a chance to eat in a brewery – they are all over the place, and it was quite exciting telling people we were in a brewery in Cologne – not that I can even say the word in English haha! I have to say the brewery was an experience and a half. Allegedly its local custom for the wait staff to be super abrupt and actually kind of rude (from a Kiwi standard) to the customers. In NZ I’d have just left, but of course our Germans convinced us it was just part of the experience. Okay then. The food was delicious though, and it really was quite fun, until my friend forgot what language we spoke in Germany – she’d tried to show off her Te Reo skills to the Germans, but then they kind of confused her brain. Her Te Reo was pretty awesome though. (FYI, Te Reo is the language of the Maori in NZ, but mine is pretty abysmal. Beautiful language though).
We then moved on to my highlight – the Lindt Chocolate Factory!!!!! I think the “museum” part was kind of wasted on us, but the gift shop and free samples were certainly not. I did not spend money on clothing in Germany, nope, I spent it on chocolate. And lots of it!! Would highly recommend the chocolate factory, plus its on the Rhein which is so so so cool!
We finished the day with a visit to the Cologne Panorama, which is on top of this huge skyscraper, and you can see all over Cologne. It was so awesome – until I dropped by camera. That wasn’t so fun, but I am a Kiwi girl, so I pulled it together and did the whole “no worries” Kiwi attitude thing. The view was pretty good though 😉 Would recommend it, but do watch you don’t try passing your camera to someone in the dark. Please.
All in all, Cologne was so awesome, and such a cool place to spend time with one of my closest friends 🙂
If you have ever been there I would love to know what you enjoyed. What do you think of Cologne? What’s your favourite city?
Until next time,