Neuschwanstein Castle

I woke up at 6am on Sunday, boarded a train and rode for 5 hours to get to one of the worlds most famous castles. Neuschwanstein Castle is up on a mountain covered in evergreens and trees decorated in the most brilliant autumn shades with mysterious fog that creates the most magical atmosphere. I am constantly amazed by how beautiful creation is. What we learn each week in school can be very challenging and often causes me to feel mentally and emotionally weary. I just love how God gave us amazing places to spend with him and refresh us down to the deepest parts of our soul. I found myself in tears several times throughout the day because when surrounded by something so amazingly created and beautiful, I can't help but praise the one who lovingly blessed it to us.

PRAGUE//PRAHA//PRAGA

"Prague is one of the most underrated cities." was a phrase I heard many times. "You have to go to Prague, you have too." people told me... so we did.

I was blown away by how beautiful this city was. nearly ever building was ornate and lovely and the river view was breathtaking. I think it might have just bumped it's way up to number two on my list of favourite cities. It was truly amazing. We walked around not really knowing what to do and ended up eating fresh made pizza on a boat on the river during sunset, walked into a European wide designer craft fair that only happens once every 3 months as well as seeing some of the beautiful iconic sights of Prague such as the Charles bridge, the Prague Castle and the Dancing House.

We stayed with a girl names Karissa who lives about an hour outside of Prague in a town called Beroun. Kris lives works in a church in Beroun primarily teaching english. She was such a lovely host and so knowledgable. As we wandered down the streets of Prague with  no agenda, she shared some of the history of this nation and what she had gathered about the culture of Czechs.

The Czech Republic was under communist rule up until only a few years ago. This nation is extremely passive by nature and that is one of the reasons Prague is so beautiful. Whenever an opposing nation came to take over, they Czechs gave up their city. This protected it from the destruction of war. The Czech Republic is also considered to be extremely unreligious. They only split from Slovakia in the 90's but yet that nation is 50% christian. The non-religious reputation of Prague is known and has lead to it being titled sin city. It's a city full of sexual promiscuity and culturally encouraged substance use. It's interesting walking around knowing that the people there feel little moral gauge. Whether you like it or not, America and Canada are affected by religious morals and we have a basis of what is right and wrong. Little of this exists in the Czech Republic.

 I loved listening to Karissa speak and the genuine interest she had in the people and the culture. It taught me to think not only about the lovely sights I was seeing when traveling, but also about the culture of the people whom live there.

GOHO

We discovered the "trendier" area of the city called Gostenhauf. Scattered around GoHo there are cool places to eat, shop and hang out. I think my new favourite place to hang out is Mannheim. I had the first americano i've found in Nuremberg and also the most delicious dessert I think i've ever had. The day was spent drinking delicious coffee and hanging out with some really cool people a.k.a my roomies.

The Nuremberg Castle // Altstadt

This city is awesome. 

I didn't realize until yesterday that there is a castle with the most incredible view of the city. We got to the top just in time for the sun to set.  Wondering the streets is one of my favourite things and it seems we are always discovering new things to see.

The City // Nuremberg

The architecture here is amazing. Walking dow the streets i'm amazed by the old buildings and the vines the cover the walls. I love the combination of modern buildings and historic buildings. There are an overwhelming amount places to discover and explore. Each new corner brings a street full unique buildings.

Exploring The Forest // Fischbach

I live in an apartment above a historic pub with a rooftop hangout. I thought that was cool but then we discovered trails that lead to a forest and what I could only describe as a "magical" pond.  That obviously makes this place even more awesome. I am so grateful that I get to live here.