A Travellerspoint blog

July 2012

Brussels

sunny 29 °C
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After taking a packed out coach from Bremen at midnight, I arrived in Brussels at 7am and took my suitcases across the city to my hotel in the south. Already by half past 7, it was reaching 25˚C, and although the hotel was just 5 minutes from the station, the cobbled streets on the way there made dragging 55kg strenuous work. Luckily the hotel had storage and so I could leave my luggage there and then go off into the city with just a few bits.

European Parliament

European Parliament

Firstly, I went to the European Parliament, where there was free access to the debating chamber twice a day. Afterwards I went to Jubelpark followed by Brussels' most famous attraction - the Atomium.

Atomium

Atomium

After visiting the attractions on the outskirts of the city I went to visit the Royal Palace, where there was free entry for the summer and then the city centre.

Grand Square

Grand Square

Having been a very busy day I went for an early night and the next day I took the Eurostar back to London in the middle of the day. I then had a 45 minute changeover at St. Pancras back to Luton, where I met with two of my Erasmus friends who were visiting London for the last few days.

And that's where my Erasmus journey ends, after just over 10 months of living in Germany, I am finally back in Dunstable. I still have many more travels to go this summer before going back to University in September, but for Germany - it's over.

Thanks for following my travels!
Kevin.

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Auf Wiedersehen

German Adventures - Bremen

sunny 23 °C
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Hey Guys! At the start of the week I had gone to do the last tedious tasks necessary, which meant waiting for 2 hours to tell the Germans I was leaving their country (only Germans seem to wait for hours and hours to tell their government every little bit of information about their lifes) - however as I was not going straight home it got very confusing as the lady wanted to know if I was registering in Brussels when I got there...to which I responded "No".

On the Friday evening we had our Erasmus farewell party. The exchange students were all treated to some speeches and music before a buffet, with pictures of our Erasmus time we shown on the big screen. We were given our certificates of participation as well as given a prize. I had won a cup, but as I already had one, I swapped mine for a T-shirt. After the party the local Erasmus network arranged a final party, however as the University had set my exam for the next morning I went back to study and sleep. The exam went well I feel, but I will know in due course.

Goodbye Party

Goodbye Party

As I was leaving Germany on the Wednesday this was my last real night for a party, and so we had our very last Huckelriede party. On Sunday my mum and sister arrived from Amsterdam, and on what was a lovely day, we spent Monday touring the city in the warmest temperatures since I had arrived back in September, followed by myself cooking a meal for them and my friends at the house. On Tuesday I went with them to Hamburg before coming back and spending the rest of my time packing all my things for home.

Kayleigh in Bremen

Kayleigh in Bremen

I then met with my landlord who gave me back my deposit, before waiting in the house with my housemates and leaving Bremen by coach at midnight.

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Klimahaus

German Adventures - Bremerhaven


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With Erasmus coming to a swift end, I looked at what I had still wanted to do and never got the chance, and so on Sunday I went with 3 other Erasmus friends to the port city of Bremerhaven, on the North Sea coast. This town is an exclave of Bremen, despite being 45 minutes away by train.

Bremerhaven

Bremerhaven

The city is home to several attractions, including the records museum of German emigrants, who left by ship to America and other nations, as well as where we decided to go - the Klimahaus. The Klimahaus is an eight-zoned museum where climates of several nations along the 8th Parallel East are recreated. Before going I had not really heard anything, but after visiting I can say it was truly worth the visit. In each zone there was several things to see, that educated you about life in these areas, as well as the complete environment (temperature, humidity and textures) being recreated.

Niger

Niger

In Switzerland you could walk through a glacier and learn about mountain life. In Niger you could sit in the sand and learn about traditional ceremonies. In Cameroon you could walk through rainforest, whilst in the Antarctic you could see what scientists do to stay warm enough, whilst being surrounded by below freezing icesheets.

Antarctica

Antarctica

In Samoa there was a beach scene, and you could see many see creatures like Jellyfish, whilst in Alaska you could see how they use whaling for food. After visiting I can say that it was definitely worth the visit, as it was really well created to immerse yourself in the zones.

Samoa

Samoa

Tomorrow we have our farewell party, whilst on Saturday we are having our final Huckelriede Party. But before this I have an exam on Saturday morning, and so my time until then is mostly studying.

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Denmark

German Adventures - Esbjerg


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So these last two weeks have been pretty busy, and I've just got back from Denmark. I already visited the country last year, but this time I went to Jutland in the West.

Men at Sea

Men at Sea

I was with 4 of my Erasmus friends, one of whom is Danish, and we stayed at her place in Esbjerg. Whilst the weather was pretty dull (well it is as north as Scotland), we made the most of it, and toured the city the first day, seeing the town centre and visiting the white men, for whom the city is most famous for. In the evening we took a ferry to the island of Fanø, which looked very traditional and for the first time we had been there was sunny!

Fanø

Fanø

On the second day we took the train to Ribe, the oldest city in Denmark, which was really very nice to visit with so many traditional buildings.

Ribe

Ribe

The trip was pretty hectic for me, as they joined me in Hamburg after I had just flown back after my weekend in Dunstable again. Luckily I made it home, as last week after getting back from Venice I was so tired, that I had no energy to even sit up in bed and ended up sleeping for 40 of 48 hours - perfect when you have an exam to revise for. But luckily I made it to the German exam and passed - not a brilliant grade but thats more than I expected in the condition I was in.

Some sad news is that on the way back from Denmark, we found out one of our housemates - Bettina - had already left Bremen back to Malta without even saying goodbye (we had been hoping to have a family dinner before this happened). She then blocked and deleted many of us and now we have no contact with her - it seems she must have been offended by us, which is a pity as we were never intentionally nasty to her, and always tried to be friendly and invite her to her activities. But what can you do?

Tonight is my last night to La Viva - my favourite club in Bremen, and next week I will go to Bremerhaven and Cuxhaven, before the farewell ceremony next Friday, my exam next Saturday, and then my mum and sister coming to Bremen on Sunday for two days. After this I will go to Brussels and then finally get the train back to Luton on Friday, just hours before the Olympics starts!

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Olympic Flame

German Adventures - Dunstable


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A pretty busy weekend, flying back on Friday before going back to Germany on the Monday.

Olympic Flame

Olympic Flame

Started off with a reunion on Friday night, before going to Milton Keynes on Saturday. On Sunday had a little reunion with friends at Thorpe Park, before getting up very early to see the Olympic Flame come through Dunstable and fly back to Germany and go straight to Denmark.

And to top it all off, I will be back full time in just two weeks time! How Erasmus has flown by!

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