Englischer Garten: Let’s take a walk

Next stop: Walking, people watching and catching some sun in the Englischer Garten!

Since it was unusually warm and sunny for April, we decided to take a walk through Munich and to the Englischer Garten. I absolutely had to show my friend, who lived in Florida at that time, that there even are surfer in Munich. They are located next to the Haus der Kunst and the American Embassy in Munich, right at the entrance to the Englischer Garten…

I always have to spend at least 15 minutes watching, it looks like so much fun, yet I’d be too scared to try! As you can see in the pictures, it was still early in the year with not too many people there (in summer, it gets crowded), but we still sat down on a bench to soak up the sun and watch the people with their dogs walk by.

It is always worth to walk up to the Monopteros which was built in 1832 on a small hill. Very often you’ll find people playing music there. Again, you’ll have a nice view over the Englischer Garten!

I hope you’ll be able to visit these places some time!

Until then, keep traveling!

Taking a train ride

Even though it was the smallest part of my travels, I decided to devote a post to the train ride from New York City to Boston.
During my time in Ohio in 2009 I was never able to travel anywhere by train, mainly because the railroad seems to be a dying way of transportation. I also had heard a lot of unpleasant stories on American trains which I hardly could believe having been a victim of the DB (Deutsche Bahn) far too often.

So I decided to take the train from New York City to Boston because I didn’t want to rent a car in Manhattan that would be parked in Boston for days because I was going to stay there. Amtrak was really cheap considering the distance and the fact that I was not able to use a discount. I booked the ticket online and printed it. When the day came, I was really nervous and went to the train station way too early. Of course the train was late, too (no explanation why) but that felt a bit like home. I was able to wait inside. What’s confusing is, that when the train arrives, you have to storm to an exit where your ticket is barely glanced at and then you can go down stairs and enter the train. That one wasn’t full, so I was easily able to find a seat and enjoy the view. All the waiting and the stress of boarding in the end was absolutely worth it, as the way from New York City and Boston leads along the coast. As the weather was nice and sunny, I was able to enjoy the view and catch up on some reading. There is free internet on the train, they even tell you when to get off!

The quality of my photos is really bad this time, but when you travel, you sometimes travel fast 🙂

While I was looking out the window and saw the small villages and larger cities fly by, I knew for certain that I had to go back and spend more time at the beach. I feel like I’m a sea person, whenever I am near the sea, I feel free!

Absent for too long…

I’m so sorry, I have been absent for so long, but lately I have been incredibly busy with managing my work-phd-life.

After my trip to Romania, which has been great by the way (see the pictures in this post), I decided to change my dissertation topic back to film studies. Attending a conference on adaptations made it clear that I like talking and researching on film much more than on art history. Keeping in mind that I would be working on my topic for a few years, changing it to something I love just made sense.

After the conference we visited some monasteries which were so pretty that I truly regret not bringing my camera and having to take pictures with my cell phone.

Beautiful Lago di Garda

Again, here are some pictures from this year’s trip to Bardolino. I went there for a friend’s wedding which was also a great opportunity to bring along my Nikon D5100 and take some nice pictures. I have been going to Bardolino for what feels like my whole life, I still remember spending time there with my family and friends  when I was maybe 5.

We mostly stayed in Bardolino then and even today I make sure to be close to it. It’s a cute little town that has kept its quiet spots. Some semesters ago, I was even able to do a seminar and presentation on murals in one of Bardolino’s churches.
Getting there from southern Germany is relatively easy, it usually takes around 4-5hrs by car or 7 by train and bus. Bardolino offers a range of nice hotels, B&Bs and camping sites, so that you almost all the time are able to get a room.
This year we stayed in a nice B&B that had two stars. It is located only a few minutes away from the town center and very quiet. Although the rooms are simple and there is no pool area, it was very convenient to stay there for three nights.

Enjoy some pictures from this trip. I actually realized that I like taking pictures of animals a lot!