I left work at lunch time of Friday afternoon and after a quick stop at home to drop some things off and meet Frosty, I got dropped at the airport a little earlier than I had expected. But that's fine by me, since I much prefer arriving somewhere early as opposed to screeching in at the last minute. It gave me a chance to get all checked in and, since I really did have quite a bit of time to spare, I decided to use the chance to get a haircut! There's nothing like a haircut to make you feel better and a few days before my hair had reached that I-need-to-get-cut-yesterday phase, so it was a great way to pass the time!
|Ready to fly after a new haircut.|
I sat next to a lovely lady on my way there and she was the perfect seat mate - friendly and chatty for a little while and then quiet when it was time to be quiet. For a while after take off the weather was quite stormy and lightning-y and not particularly nice and I thought I'd try to photograph lightning - in between black screens of pictures that didn't catch any lightning, I caught one or two pics where the lightning is catching the clouds which I'm pretty excited about! This one below is probably my favourite one and with a bit of editing, it's come out really nicely - don't you think?
|Lightning and clouds from a plane - I was contemplating whether I should go through the effort of|
taking my camera out to try and get some pics of the lightning and I'm really chuffed that, in the end,
I decided to get my camera out!
One of the things that first struck me about Germany is that it's a really beautiful country and it immediately appealed to me for a reason I can't quite pinpoint.
One of the best things about being able to travel is meeting up with friends who come from, or who have moved to, different parts of the world. When I went to Italy I was able to meet up with my "Italian sister" which was a really special time. This time I was able to meet up with a friend from varsity who had moved to Germany a few months before. Kim and I both used this opportunity to see a bit of Germany, she got to come and explore a bit of Cologne with me over the first weekend I was there.
|Kim and I - great to catch up with friends in foreign cities!|
The Kölner Dom (aka Cologne Cathedral) is one of Germany's biggest tourist attractions and it really is an amazing sight! I had the most incredible view of the Dom from my hotel room and waking up and going to sleep with the Dom as a view was an incredibly special thing! Inside they have some beautiful stained glass windows, some of them older and some slightly newer. Kim and I both really enjoyed the window that was made up of hundreds of identically sized squares of different coloured glass, that are meant to represent pixels. This, of course, appealed to the engineer in both Kim and me!
|Inside the Kölner Dom - beautiful arches.|
|There were beautiful stained glass windows everywhere.|
|Inside the Kölner Dom - modern stained glass windows that look like pixels.|
|I always love seeing the beautiful candles that get lit within churches and the Dom was no different.|
|Strolling along the Rhine in Köln.|
|Love Locks in Köln.|
|In France, they apparently removed 45 tons worth of Love Locks from a bridge |
where people followed a similar concept - the weight of the locks hadn't
been factored in to the design of the bridge and they were starting to affect
the structural integrity of the bridge!
|View of the Dom from 28 stories up.|
|Getting creative with rain.|
|Reflections on a roof top.|
|View of Köln from a distance - you can see the Dom on the right.|
|Kim at sunset.|
|Getting creative with framing my pictures.|
|Me and my reflection taken by Kim.|
|This sunset just kept getting better and better!|
As a final activity on Sunday afternoon, Kim and I met up with one of her classmates who was studying relatively close by, which was also great. Even though I had only spent two days in Germany, hearing a South African accent in amongst the chatter of people was a very welcome thing indeed!
|Kim outside the Lindt Chocolate Museum in Köln.|
|Me outside the Lindt Chocolate Museum.|