Travelling around Europe
My personal experience around Europe during my ESC project
After almost a year doing my ESC project in Germany, I’ve had the opportunity not only of traveling and discovering this amazing country but also to visit other places that made my experience awesome.
First of all, after not even a week in Leipzig, which is the city where I am developing my volunteering service, I went to Berlin with some of my Erasmus friends and I could enjoy this intercultural and special capital, discovering its all days’ parties and its well coming people. What impressed me most about this city is how different it is from the rest of Germany, having to be mentioned the similarities with Leipzig, which is called the new Berlin.
After this, and just before corona hit again strong during winter in Europe I had the chance to do a route with a friend through Amsterdam, Gant, Bruges, Amber and Brussels. This trip which we did all by train was a great opportunity to discover this region which I found extremely beautiful with endless cultural opportunities as well as very well connected, with pretty affordable and highly frequent trains. However, it should be noted that both accommodation and hostelry are among the most expensive European destinations.
As I mentioned before, the situation with Covid-19 worsened the possibilities of movement outside of Germany due to the continuous restrictions suffered, so we had to move to Halle (a city near Leipzig) to be able to enjoy the typical German Christmas market, the which had been cancelled in Leipzig.
On my way back from Christmas holidays, which I enjoyed with my family in Spain, I spent a few days in the city of Italian fashion, Milan, where I was able to try its typical dishes as well as enjoy the wonderful views that the Duomo square offered. It’s not my favourite Italian city but I recommend visiting it doing a tour for example in the Como’s lake, and not exclusively the city.
After that, I travelled to the Pyrenees to enjoy skiing on the slopes of Grandvalira, that winter sport that I am so passionate about and where I was able to enjoy the gastronomy of the area, which was exquisite.
Additionally, after my second seminar in Hamburg I had the opportunity to enjoy a weekend in this wonderful city with some friends where we went out day and night and where we were amazed by the city's philharmonic. I do consider it to be a different type of German city I was used to visit, but at the same time a very welcoming place.
However, one of the destinations that most impressed me during my ESC was Paris, a city that I had previously been to but that a city you fall in love with every time you visit it. Its streets, its infinity of cultural offer, its gastronomy and without a doubt the luck that we had to enjoy a wonderful time turned this city into one of my favourite.
It is worth mentioning the hiking trip made in Sachsische Schweiz, to enjoy nature as well as the getaway to my erasmus city, Regensburg, where I met up with friends and enjoyed its typical festivity, the Dult.
Finally, my last destination was the Alps, to close on a high note this experience in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, climbing the highest peak in Germany and enjoying the Eibsee.