Bonn in Bloom

For Easter weekend this year I visited one of my dearest friends in Bonn where she’s on her year abroad. It was beautiful! So here are my photos and scribbles about the perfect weekend catching up with close friends and being surrounded by blossom!

Once upon a time, on my first Summer working away from home in Germany, I taught English in a Gymnasium just outside Mönchengladbach. I was 16 or 17 I think and the whole thing was a bit of an eye-opener. The host family were welcoming and gave me a little bike of my own and one of the fellow language teachers at the school really took me under his wing, but I remember feeling like such a lost puppy and like I wasn’t going to survive in this tiny German village without my mum! All emotional strength building aside, what I do remember really positively were the day trips I did to Cologne and Bonn. They were both really interesting cities which gave me hope that there was a world outside the school and host family’s house in that little village!

Fast forward four years and I now had the opportunity to visit Bonn again, a little bit older, and in a far more comfortable situation!

I’d been looking forward to catching up with Claudia for ages, we go to Uni together in the U.K. and hadn’t seen each other for a long while! She’d planned the best weekend and we were blessed with the weather! The few days consisted of a walk up to Drachenfels, lots of good food, a trip to Brühl palace, sitting in parks, walks along the Rhine, trying beers and exploring the city itself.

Having spent so much time in Austria-I love a good day walk! And that’s something that since living in the Netherlands I naturally haven’t been doing a lot of! The walk up- and the more precarious walk down!- was a great opportunity to get outdoors, breathe in some fresh air and have a catch up whilst both exploring somewhere new together.

At the top of our walk to Drachenfels.

Claudia and I are in a group chat with 2 other girls from Uni who are all currently on our year abroad, and having the others there has really helped keep each other grounded and kept each other going throughout. It’s been so comforting to know you’re not the only one dealing with the things that are stressing you out and equally it’s great to hear all of each other’s little wins and exciting moments of the year too. I can’t wait to have all 4 of us back together, but until then the weekly Facetime calls are still going and I’m so grateful for them!

On Sunday, Claudia and I went 10 minutes by train outside of Bonn to Brühl to see a palace. We quickly observed that this sleepy little town was probably not the tourist destination of the century but we did have a really nice day and met up with Ellie, another of our closest friends from Uni. Having most of the gang back together felt so great and it was the perfect opportunity to catch up on everything we’d missed in the past few months. After a day at the palace we went back to Bonn for what I was promised would be ‘the best pizza ever’ -they weren’t lying!

This weekend was one of the moments that I know I’ll remember from my Year Abroad for a really, really long time. It’s amazing to think that the first time I visited Bonn I was seriously daunted that I’d be going to Uni to do a course where I knew I’d have to go on a Year Abroad. Now I’m 10 months into my year abroad and it seems like the most normal thing to have done and I’ve loved it!

This weekend was so easy, and that’s testament to when you know you’re spending time with exactly the right people, laughing, enjoying each other’s company and forgetting everything that you ‘should’ or ‘could’ be doing which is precisely what you all need a break from! A huge thank you to Claudia for showing me her home and sharing a little piece of her life in Bonn with me. I honestly had the best time!

-Aimée

View over Bonn at Drachenfels

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