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Bremen again....

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As is almost a tradition, I once again returned to Bremen this winter for a good old catch up with my besties in Germany.

Having only got back from Israel around 2½ weeks earlier, and almost exactly repeating the trip from 2012, I flew out on a Thursday afternoon from Stansted and returned on the Monday night - However this time as I was working, I did a half day in the morning, before driving and parking at the airport, catching my flight and arriving in Bremen in time to join Elena's preparty before the international day party took place in the city. Having arrived less than half an hour before, at the pre party I was already fondly reminded of how fun the Erasmus experience was, being able to catch up with my good friends, meet new people and all under the influence of some booze.

Pre Party

Pre Party

Waking up on Friday I went along with my German friends to a Sushi Bar for Brunch. Here we were joined by Johanna's mother, who coincidentally had come to Bremen the night before and was also leaving on Monday. As they all had class and I had been to Bremen before (obvs), they all thought it would be a great idea for me to give her mother a guided tour of the city. "No problem" I thought, and so we headed off into the city whilst everyone else headed off to class.

Sushi Breakfast

Sushi Breakfast

However it soon became clear that after two years away, my German had become a little rusty, and Johanna's mother didn't speak the best English. What resulted were hilarious conversations in some sort of English-Germany creole. But as those who have travelled before will know - a language barrier does not stop you having fun! Walking together around the Christmas markets I found out much about Johanna's mother, as she told me all about the farm they own in southern Germany. One of my highlights of our little tour was when we stopped at one of the stalls that was selling candle light covers of various designs. One in particular had a design of sailing ships and lighthouses to which Johanna's mother exclaimed "Urgh, so typisch Norddeutsch"....having experienced as much of Germany as I had, this internal joke reminiscent of England's North-South divide gave me a warm chuckle.

Glühwein

Glühwein

After enjoying a Glühwein after spending several hours in the freezing temperatures, we were eventually rejoined by Johanna and I left to go back to Elena's and get ready for the night - for this was Friday, and therefore the free Mojitos in La Viva were waiting for me!

Ghettofluff & Businessman

Ghettofluff & Businessman

Getting ready me and Elena clearly didn't read the script, as I went for the professional businessman look, with tieclip in hand, whilst she was there with a big fluffy jacket and rebel hat. Dubbed "Ghettofluff & Businessman" we then recoordinated our outfits a little more and headed for the club. Having waited two years I was finally returning to my favourite nightclub, where not only do Students get free entry, but for the first hour of entry (11-12), Mojitos are given out for free.

La Viva

La Viva

Still holding on to my UH ID, I attempted to gain entry as a student, and was successful! Next stop: the free Mojitos. Grabbing three I then sat drinking my free drinks before the inevitable dancing began. Whilst I had clearly matured since my Erasmus experience three years ago, there's still enough party animal in me to enjoy the night - as the dodgy nightclub photos showed.

The following day was a lazier day, with Ingo coming around to eat dinner with us before watching a film. The guys then had to go off for their class meeting at the ÖVB Arena in the city as part of their events management class, where they experienced the Farmer Party, whilst I stayed at the flat and took some much needed rest. On the Sunday we went out to see the Christmas Markets, enjoy more Glühwein, before heading off for cake at Susan's place, whilst on my final day I took a day to see the city by myself whilst everyone else had class. I then rejoined them all one last time before I headed back off to the airport, flew home after a delay and eventually got to bed at 12:30, before going back to work the following morning. Like. A. Pro.

Seeing Bremen once more had reminded me so much of why I loved the city so much. The city itself is beautiful, and is just the right size to explore by foot without getting too bored. It also has a lot of student life, with a mix of foreign students that bring about so much interest and fun. I miss Erasmus!

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A Lille Adventure

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Having not done an awful lot since my Round the World trip other than Graduating, I went with some of my uni friends to Lille in France for a day trip to see the Christmas Markets.

It was a really long day, getting up at 3:45am to drive to Chingford, and not arriving back home until 1:20am the next morning...but it was a lot of fun! Great to spend some time with some uni guys again as well as see some new places - after all I'd been home for over 4 weeks by this point!! Ironically the weather in England at 5 in the morning was much warmer (about 9˚C) than it was in France for the whole day (about 5˚C).

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

After driving for just over an hour on the wrong side of the road and singing to Anastacia, we spent the day walking amongst the Christmas Markets, visiting the sights of the city (Cathedral, Fort, Main Square) and going shopping. Having gone to France on a simple day trip it really became noticeable just how different France is to England, despite it being just an hour's ferry away! And don't even get me started on the stinky cheese! My clothes stank of it all day!

Lille

Lille

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Christmas Markets

German Adventures - Bremen

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Hey Guys! Hope you are all getting into the Christmas spirit! As always, I have been a busy bee, and here is the latest instalment!

Anti Mexican Party II

Anti Mexican Party II

The Mexicans decided to visit Amsterdam last weekend, and so we held Anti-Mexican Party: Part 2, with lots of Eastern Europeans and some Brazilians coming to the house to Party without the noisy Mexicans. However this caused a bit of controversy, as some people didn't seem to understand a joke - and you can see what our response to this was as you read down the page.

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

This week Bryony came to visit me in Bremen for three days. She arrived on Wednesday morning, and we spent most of the days she was here walking all around the city centre looking at the famous sights, such as the Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Roland and the Town Hall, the Cathedral, and the City Musicians. However the main reason was to see the Christmas Markets, soaking up the atmosphere and buying some gifts.

Anti-Eastern People Party

Anti-Eastern People Party

It was quite a busy day walking about the city after an early start, so we decided to have our night out on Thursday. With the Eastern Europeans having left the country for Barcelona, and the Mexicans back from Amsterdam, we decided to name this party the "Anti-Eastern People Party" so that no one feels left out.

As the party was on a Thursday night I wasn't sure how many would turn up, but in the end the house was full of people from all over the place - Britain, Brazil, Mexico, Czech Republic, Poland and Germany. We then went with some Turks and Chileans to the Nightclub and partied all night. All in all it was a very good time!

Christmas is now just 2 weeks away, and I shall be back in the UK very shortly. Hope to see you all soon!

Viel Spaß Kevin.

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