Those of you who follow my Instagram account, probably noticed that I posted some pictures from Germany (and there will be more of those), so I went to Germany on a weekend. My boyfriend got this trip as a present from his office, so I joined in. There is a good Lithuanian expression, that goes like “you don’t look at the gifted horse’s teeth”, but since I payed for the horse, I will analyse it as much as I want.
It was sightseeing tour on a bus, and yes, it isn’t my first option to travel like this, probably the one of the last I would say. I rather take a plain, a train, a car, or a cruise (even taken into consideration sea sickness), because boy, oh, boy that is some heavy duty, doc.
Let me make a list of reasons, I would rather not take a trip like that ever in my life again:
- From four days on the trip, you spend 2 days in the bus travelling trough Poland. I mean literally in the bus, when you had to wake up in 5am, and you are tired AF, and you try to sleep but you really can’t, because sleeping in the bus is less comfortable than sleeping on the bed of I don’t know what, because bus seat is not a bed. You also make occasional stops to take a walk or eat or basically stand in a line for the bathroom. It might sound not as bad, but try spending all day in your seat by the desk, with standing up for 20 minutes every 3 hours + had slept for max 5 hours.
- Food in Poland. I bet they have good food in Poland, but somehow our eating places were the worst. I will take a risk of sounding spoiled, but I like good food, and eating out is some sort of equivalent of good food in my mind, but I bet they serve better food in the smallest Lithuanian village than I had in Poland. Meatballs in canned tomato juice are not cool at all.
- Sightseeing of the locations that made me want to yawn. In my totally subjective opinion, some places were amazing, while others were just bulls crap. Like the fortress in Germany, that sounds kind of cool, because it is on the mountain, but when you actually get on the mountain it is the complex of sort of medieval buildings, that is not easy on the eye at all, and rather boring on the inside. We spend about two hours there, and I was dying to move to another object. We also took a walk in some small seem-to-be-uninhabited town in Germany, that has no value for me whatsoever.
On the other hand, I rather spend more time in Berlin or Dresden, than visiting some other not-so-impressive city in Germany, that has some sort of historical value, because some ruler of ancient Germany lived there, and as if I care about his house for tea drinking that is build in Chinese style. I am not visiting China, am I? As a person with the background in arts, I love to see the uniqueness of the country, some distinct architecture instead of seeing a palace that is build on a mix of ancient Roman, Greek or Chinese traditions.
- Locations that I want to spend more time in. Let’s take for example every interesting church we went to, we had 10 minutes, when we had 20 minutes to use the bathroom. See my point? I mean we spend two hours in medieval fortress and 10 minutes in the Berlin churches. SEE MY POINT? Ok, we went to see some sort of piazza in Berlin, but we had 5 minutes to see the Berlin wall (which is probably the only historical date I know). And more over, we saw most of the amazing objects trough the window of the bus. On the bright side that made me want to visit Berlin again, for at least a week to actually explore the city.
- Tour guide. She sound like a decent women, apart from her always mixing a word “when” with a word “where” and some other language nonsenses, and she really enjoys talking about history of the country, that has no actual value whatsoever. But that is subjective I guess, since after two days I learnt to sleep while she was talking and have dreams related to the subject of the speech, or just zone out and get into a Luna Lovegood state of mind.
- High school vibe. Remember field trips? That is exactly how I felt. I have to admit I was kind of a rebel in school, so I felt like my rebellious side wanted to get out, wanted to ignore things, don’t listen, and run away to see actually interesting things. It didn’t helped that we were seated in the back of the bus, witch made us feel a bit like rebels instantly, playing our games, laughing and talking all the time, and not giving a single shit about the rest of the bus trying to sleep.
- Exhaustion. You might feel that just sitting in the bus occasionally getting out to see objects is relaxing, but it’s not, so I had to recover for few days and make up for the lack of sleep. And the muscle pain.
On the bright side, there were some good things too. Like…. Let me think.
- Good company. We got lucky to get seats next to amazing people we had fun with.
- We actually saw something that was worth seeing and apart from time issues it was worth seeing (like Delorean, that we had to run away to actually see up close).
- We slept in hotels and had breakfast, so that is a plus.
- I managed to take few decent pictures, plus a picture of Delorean which totally made my entire trip.
In general I would say, that if you never travelled this way, I suggest you would take a risk, because basically with the price of the trip, you could buy cheap flight tickets, seek some accommodation options, and have a way better trip than I had. Even the weekend in Berlin could give you a way better view of Berlin than I had. And you would have a freedom to chose what you want to see, and where you want to spend your time, and yes, you wouldn’t hear some boring historical facts, but if you feel OCD about that, just do your readings.