We left Amsterdam (and even more sadly out hotel) early Monday morning. We got on the bus and began the drive to Germany. I’ll let you know from the start, I slept basically the entire drive. I have been really tired over the past few days so the extra sleep was definitely refreshing. So no view of the German countryside for me.
After driving about 2 and a half hours, our first stop was Cologne. We didn’t have much time there at all – just an hour to eat and look at the largest gothic cathedral in Europe. We managed to step inside but definitely didn’t stay for long. We grabbed a quick lunch then it was back on the bus.
A couple hours later, we made it to our next destination, Boppard, for a cruise down the Rhine River. It was finally sunny outside and the boat was a great change of pace from the bus. Everyone’s mood was definitely uplifted by a bit of sunshine and some German beer. This was probably one of the most relaxing parts of the trip so far. We saw a couple of castles built in the 12th century. We also passed by the Lorelei Rock. From there, the bus met us and we kept on going.
Our last stop was Heidelberg, where we stayed for the night. The city is kind of like a college town. We drove up to the Castle of the Palatine Elector and saw all of the city. So gorgeous.
We went to the hotel for a quick change before eating dinner as a group. As we were walking to dinner, we passed a group of German men who were eating. They started a slow clap and a USA chant as all the girls walked by. Hilarious!
We went to a German restaurant where I had sausage and roasted potatoes. So good, especially with a seasonal beer that was kind of like an amber. Everyone’s food was really good. Katie and Marie had this potato pasta stuff that tasted like macaroni and cheese, but better.
After dinner, most of us decided to go to some bars nearby. The one we chose was close to the restaurant. We all had a couple drinks (with our bus driver, Enzo) and it was a lot of fun. Enzo even did some twerking and we met some people for D.C. and found out what German carpenters look like (they aren’t Amish, by the way).