We left school as quick as we could on Friday, took the fastest taxi ride I've had since moving here, boarded the train for Milan, took a very long bus ride from the train station to the airport (during rush hour, mind you), and flew to Germany. It was a quick four and a half hours from leaving our school in Genova to boarding a plane for Dusseldorf.
Germany did not disappoint! We were able to visit 10 different Christmas markets in Dusseldorf and Koln on our long weekend. To top it all off, we enjoyed great German food (pretzels, sausages, schnitzel, fried dough...) and drink (mulled wine, the most delicious apple cider in a gnome mug!, German beer) throughout the entire trip!
On Saturday we traveled around to various markets in Dusseldorf. In addition to our gift buying, German food munching, mulled wine drinking activities, we also enjoyed gazing at Dusseldorf's interesting and modern architecture.
The first market is right next to this massive cathedral. The rest of the markets in Kohln seemed to flow into each other. That's how the majority of this trip went; reach the end of one market and find yourself at the beginning of another. Everything felt really natural. Alex and I were surprised when one of our travel-mates told us that her stepper had clocked us in at over 25 kilometers for the weekend! Needless to say, all of those yummy Germany and completely unhealthy snacks I ate while gazing at presents for my family were completely walked off!
Our goal between this trip and our last venture to Florence was to buy something Italian and something German for our parents and siblings. We were successful in our ventures and I can't wait for Christmas to watch everyone open their gifts! (That's the best part of Christmas gift giving after all, isn't it?)