Germany is a country that has always been special to me and I suspect, not only to me. It is a country that fascinates me with its reconstruction process after WWII. Germany managed to rebuild so successfully that it has become noticeably prosperous in Europe and today it’s a dream country for many people. Nowadays, Germany is distinguished by its economy, ecology, culture, science, etc.
I always knew that visiting Germany wasn’t a pipedream. However, the best things happen unexpectedly. Yes, yes, yes ! I am extraordinarily lucky because “I was in the right place with right people at the right moment”.
So, let’s start 🙂
My admiration began in the sky. Flying above Cologne I saw green fields and trees that made me to think- Is it really winter now ? From this moment I already knew that I will discover many many things different from my country.
Walking in the streets of Cologne I realized that something was wrong with my ears- Silence, this magic silence immediately turned me out in an absolutely different world. Next, I saw so many bicycles that I thought I was in a shop. But soon it became clear that bikes aren’t for sale. It is a main vehicle type for almost half of the residents. People of any age and any gender ride bikes. This is really cool !
On the first day I was able to visit the newsrooms of the local newspaper- “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”. The tour was wonderful. I was just impressed by the people who introduced their company to our group. Each of them tried to give us as much information as was possible. What I’ve seen and heard there was surprising but their reception was something I can’t express with words.
Now let me say some words about Cologne architecture and Christmas markets.
Kölner Dom- The largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe. When I saw this huge church with its two huge spires, I was a bit scared. It was stunning.
Christmas Market- Traditional German Christmas market with aromas of grilled sausages and very very tasty snacks is something that everyone should see at least once. Besides this Christmas noise you can also feel something romantic that makes you to be full of Christmas Spirit.
Christmas markets are amazing in Düsseldorf too. For me, Düsseldorf is even more beautiful than Cologne. Visiting the top of the TV tower-Rheinturm is unforgettable. The view from the top of the tower is spectacular. Rhine tower has slanted windows and anyone who wants can lie on them. Of course, I lied down too- mmm, this disorienting feeling was unique.
After this two cities I want to introduce you Gruiten- a historical German village and an absolutely different adventure for me. Without any exaggerating, I thought I was in a fairy-tale. The delicate colors of narrow-headed houses, the smell of nature and simply decorated windows, is there something more that needs subject of a fairy-tale?!
And in the end, I want to explain the title of this blog.
While being in Germany, I’ve felt a life rhythm of German people. Everyone is working in the morning and everyone is enjoying with life in the evening. Everyone is responsible for him/herself and shortly, they know how to live !