Hello hello. I’ve got about 15 minutes before my internet turns off. So. 1, 2, 3, here I go.
I spent last week in Bavaria, southern Germany. Bavaria is where Germany gets the “Lederhosen and Dirndls” stereotype. And, from what I saw, it’s no stereotype. Everyone is wearing Lederhosen, everyone is wearing Dirndls. It was culture shock all over again. I kept thinking, “Why is everyone dressed that way? Why can’t the just be normal?”
Culture shock is weird. It’s uncomfortable and drives you insane and the whole time you’re thinking, “Why can’t these people just be normal?” But once you have accepted the culture, you have this new way of thinking about things and your definition of “normal” has totally changed. Then you think, “Hey. This isn’t so bad.”
But then something comes around like Bavaria where everyone wears Lederhosen and yodels, and your brain starts hurting all over again.
Besides the culture shock, Bavaria was beautiful. It was lovely to see mountains again. It never came to mind that I would miss mountains when I left Utah. But I dooooo. I miss those Wasatch Mountains. We stayed a giant cabin where other people on other floors were also staying. There was one part where four guys from Frankfurt were staying. Ann-Kathin and I spent a lot of our time hanging out with them. We were also able to spend a couple hours in Munich. Great city! I walked around and thought about Greg the whole time. He was always raving about Munich before I left. It’d be fun to be with him in Bavaria.
We also spent a day in Salzburg, Austria.
The week trip in Bavaria was beautiful. Thank you, dear host family. And THIS week, I’m off to Hamburg. Northern Germany. Yippidee skip!
Okay, two and a half minutes. I’ll post pictures later.