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First time in Freiburg, and boy was I impressed!
Despite ripping off the title of one of my favourite comedies, Freiburg really is one of the sunniest spots in Germany. If you wanted to live in a smaller city/town, Freiburg should be near the top of your list. It seems like a relatively easy place to live.
The route we took into Freiburg, was really cool. It included a lot of winding roads, especially once we were inside Black Forest territory. Honestly, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little nervous through some of the tight turns going downhill. I didn’t actually use my camera at all in Freiburg, but I think that’s why I remember it more vividly.
Obviously, I didn’t take the same roads as shown below. But the downhill turns accurately represent what we went through.
Freiburg was another one of those places that I had no idea existed before going there, so I had no idea what to expect. To be honest, we didn’t spend all that much time there. Freiburg was used as our gateway to France. I think we just spent the one night there, but you could easily spend a few. Freiburg is a great stop if you want to go for hikes, and there are plenty of good day trips to take from there.
Packed into our box on wheels, we pulled into Freiburg. We ended up staying at Hotel Barbara, which I enjoyed the most. It was the only place where I was able to have a room to myself. I don’t know why, but I felt like a boss in my own room. They could have done an episode of Cribs on it. It wouldn’t have been very long though. It wasn’t much, but I didn’t have to share with Sean.
By the time we unpacked, it was already late in the afternoon. We just wanted to check out a few shops. I distinctly remember splitting up. Sean went off with Mom, and I stayed with Grandma. We had enough time for a few stores before dinner, and we ended up walking one or two streets over from out hotel.
The store was pretty average. It was a women’s clothing store, so I immediately rolled my eyes as we started walking around and checking out shirts. Grandma EVENTUALLY found a shirt she likes, even though they all looked the exact same to me (trying to remain calm while writing this, I know you’re reading). ANYWAYS, Grandma decided she wanted to try it on, so she wanted me to ask the shop clerk for a change room. Keep in mind, I tried my best to stick to German, and I think the clerk was totally ******g with us.
Me (POINTING AT GRANDMA)- Can she try the sweatshirt on? (in broken but acceptable German)
Clerk either didn’t understand, or wanted to make fun of us, so she just gave a face expressing she was lost. I asked the same question 4-5 more times, even pointing towards the change rooms. How in the hell would I know the proper word for change rooms? I barely paid attention in German class.
Anyways, after the 4th or 5th time asking, the clerk proceeded to take off her own shirt and put on the one my grandma wanted to try on. Honestly, I liked what I saw. haha. She then stood there as if she were modelling it for us. I-was-speechless. It was then she realized what I had meant before. Good times. I was fifty shades of red for awhile there. I think Grandma bought the shirt in the end? She should have, because we got a show for it.
IF YOU ARE THE GERMAN CLERK IN FREIBURG, WHO STRIPPED FOR ME AND GRANDMA, THIS POEM IS FOR YOU:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
Next time in Germany
I’ll strip for you 😉
Following “Strippergate 2009”, we went back one street to sit down for dinner. I remember there being 3 restaurants in a row, and we sat down at one that had English menus. Mistake number one, I shouldn’t have chosen a restaurant based on whether or not they had a menu in English. Not that the meal was bad, but it probably catered to tourists, which made it more expensive.
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Sadly, the short few hours were all I got to spend in Freiburg. Basically, I saw a few blocks of it. I certainly liked what I saw, and the town had a lot of young people in it. Freiburg is a university town after all. Anyways, I plan on going back for an extended stay. I think I missed out on too much.
Freiburg has a beautiful old town. The only eye sore inside it would be the McDonalds built into the old town gate. YOU MAKE ME SICK, McD’S. You could easily spend a day or so exploring the town, and a day taking a hike in the forest. Despite it being a place to visit, I would totally be okay with living there.
(Courtesy: Karl-Heinz Raach)