7 Things I still haven’t done in Munich and around

I’m a true “Münchner Kindl” as people call it. Born and raised in Munich. Okay, fair enough, I left Munich when I was 20 and only came back when I was around 26, but since my parents live here, I’ve visited quite often in those 6 years.
But I guess all of us know that you tend to not really explore the cities you live in as much as you explore cities while you are traveling.

That’s why I’ve made this list of things I haven’t done in Munich and around. To remind myself to tick them off little by little and to give you an idea what to do in Munich, if you are visiting. A win-win so to speak.

#1 Schloss Neuschwanstein

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Well, it’s not really in Munich and it’s a bit of a drive (almost 2 hours) but it’s something a lot of people do while they are in Munich. And I’ve lived here for quite a while and never have. Shame on me.

#2 Zugspitze

It’s the highest mountain in Germany (almost 3.000m) and that’s why I feel like it should be a place on everyone’s list, especially when they are from around here. It’s actually just right next to Eibsee where I spent a lot of days already but I’ve never made it up there. But I mean, I’ve still got time.

#3 Deutsches Museum

Alright, this is one point that’s not fully true. I’ve been to the museum before, it’s our science museum and actually the biggest one in the whole world but I think the last time I went was about 20 years ago and I was really bored and didn’t enjoy it. Can’t wait to bring my little nephew and be a kid again for a day!
Actually done that now in October 2017.

#4 Floßfahrt

It’s a very famous thing to do in Munich: Go on one of those wooden boats as you can see on the photo and float along the river, while drinking beer, eating and listening to bavarian music. There are different companies that offer this way of seeing a bit of nature and that way you don’t have to do any hard work yourself. Perfect, huh?
Find one of those companies here.

#5 Surf the Eisbach

Alright, you got me, I suck at surfing so I will probably NEVER fulfil this secret wish of mine but everytime I bring friends to the river, I wish I could just jump right in and do it myself. But yeah.. Probably not gonna happen.

#6 Have breakfast at Viktualienmarkt

“Frühschoppen” is what we call it here. You drink a “Weißbier” (wheat beer) and eat some “Weißwurst” (a bavarian type of sausage) and just enjoy your morning. Sounds pretty peaceful, doesn’t it?

#7 Kocherlball

The idea behind the “Kocherlball” is, that back in the day servants weren’t able to really celebrate and “party” since they were working the normal party-hours. That’s why Kocherlball formed, which happened every Sunday during summer the servants had to start working (5am-8am). Since 1989, Munich brought back Kocherlball one Sunday in July (with a different background obviously) and invited everyone who was interested in dancing classical dances, eating, drinking and having a good time.
I haven’t made it yet but I’m sure I’ll go one day. It definitely sounds (and looks!) like fun!
Here’s a link to what is planned for Kocherlball 2018.

2016 you’ve been wonderful: A review

Okay, my headline just talks about my life. Not about everything that’s going on in the world. Because if I was talking about that, wonderful wouldn’t exactly be the word that came to my mind first. But let’s not think about it for now.  This time of the year is about being grateful and happy and peaceful anyways.

Here are my highlights of 2016.

A rainy wintertrip to London and Edinburgh

In January, before the madness of my second semester started, I visited friends in both London and Edinburgh and had a blast!
Read about my Edinburgh tips here.

My first St Patricks Day in Dublin!

Ever since I found out about St Patricks Day I wanted to spend it in Ireland. Little did I know back then, that one day I’d live there and actually had the opportunity to do so!
I went and watched the parade (which is worth it if you go for a visit but be prepared to wait around for a very long time in order to see something) and then I went to a “The Corrs”- Sing-along and sang along with songs I didn’t even know were Irish!

A real New Orleans Wedding

When my mum was 17 her parents let an American guy, aged 19, “couchsurf” at their house. Ever since, they stayed in touch and our family now has a great friendship with this family over in Texas. One of the kids, she’s 25, just got married in May, and what’s a better excuse to visit friends you haven’t seen in a while than a wedding?

I wedding was absolutely beautiful and I totally fell in love with New Orleans.
Read about my New Orleans tips here.

I became an aunt and a surviver of Southside 2016 🙂

…and both events happened on the same weekend! On June 24th I drank on my newborn nephew, Lukas, on the hottest Southside Day I’ve experienced since I started going in 2010. But this heat also lead to the shortest Southside ever. Read about the whole story in my blogpost here.

I finally went back to OZ!

When I first went to Australia in 2010, I fell in love and knew I had to go back to this beautiful country every once in a while. So far, i was very successful in going back every three years – 2013 and now, in 2016.
I visited a friend, who lives in Bondi and felt like I just lived the typical Bondi life. Walks on the beach in the morning, yoga, BBQs and best of all: no stress at all.

Ticked something off the bucket list: Vietnam

On my around the world trip I didn’t find time to go to Vietnam, especially because I didn’t want to rush through it. Ever since, the country has been on top of my to-see list and I decided to stop and explore there on my way home from Australia. And it didn’t disappoint me!
Read about what I did over there here and here, get some tips here and see all the beautiful faces I met there (and in the rest of Asia) here.

I finally graduated as an MA in Journalism and Public Relations!

Yesss I did it! After a year of studying, a few breakdowns and a lot of fun, I graduated from Griffith College in Dublin! And I got to wear one of those hats. Let’s not talk about their meaning of a capped education for women, though. Let’s just enjoy that I got to wear (and throw) a hat 😀


A girls trip to Chile!

And finally one of my highlights of 2016 just ended a few days ago: Chile with a group of friends.
A friend of ours from Hamburg fell in love with a guy from Chile 3 years ago and on December 17th, they got married in the little town Olmué, between Vina del Mar and Santiago. And because Chile is too far away to just go for a weekend, me and 4 friends decided to make a trip out of it, rented a car and drove around this breathtaking country. A blogpost about it will come up soon and you can find a video of the trip here.
But now, a few highlight photos you can also find on my Instagram.

And 2017? 

I don’t really know. I am currently looking for a job, so that’s my main focus. Depending on where I’ll end up, I will obviously still try to travel as much as possible. Since my flight anxiety got worse in 2016, I promised myself not to take too many flights in 2017. We’ll see how that’ll work out.

Things in 2017 I’m looking forward to already:

February 5th: Bon Iver Concert, Hamburg
February 8th: The XX Concert, Stockholm
April 1st: Tory Lanez Concert, Dublin
June 24th: Southside Festival 2017

Enjoy the final days of 2016 and have a wonderful start into 2017!

F**k it. You only live once – 51 Things that are on my bucketlist. For now.

Yeah, I know, Yolo is so 2012. Or 2010? I don’t even know. But still, it’s true. You only live once. And because of that, I believe everyone should have a bucket list. No matter if it consist of seeing the world, buying the house with the white picket fence or starting your own business. Everyone has their own dreams and goals. Here are mine, maybe they inspire you.

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What’s next?

2016 will be a challenge in some ways. This year I will finish my master. Hopefully. And this year I will have to find a job where I actually can see myself working in for a longer while.

But 2016 will also bring some more adventures and great experiences I can’t wait for. And hopefully some great new blogpost for you guys. Here are some of my plans.

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