I know it’s been a while now, but my conscience says I have unfinished business with that first trip this year.
Friday, before 1200 km mini Eurotrip
So after the early finished training Friday afternoon we decided to take a look at outlet city Metzingen. I honestly, did not know those things existed in the first place. Whole city center full of shops. I don’t have any pictures of my own, but you can get a sense of this map:
I had some items on wardrobe my wish list, but nothing stood out as “my robe”. Except for brand new Strellson suit and a white shirt.
Funny thing: we left coats at the car, and although warm, it was still a winter. I was unshaven, started to stink underneath my jumper, greasy hair and I noticed some spots on my jumper… And yet a helpful chick assisted me with picking the perfect suit. Shout out to Strellson-Metzingen shop ladies.
On the way back we hit another local “student” town – Tubingen. I did not expect these small cities were so lovely. Tubingen indeed has a lot of universities, colleges and the town is really full of young people.
Now seriously Germans, what is the matter with those irregular roofs of yours?
I love nature taking over.
Next week, after lectures we visited another local town – Ludwigsburg.
Nothing particularly special apart from this massive palace.
Of course the summer gardens would make an even better view, but this was sufficient.
What seemed like a main square of Ludwigsburg:
Cozy feeling walking around, got to tell you. Quiet, lots of space, few people minding their own business. No tourism fuss.
General remarks on living and traveling for two weeks
I smiled more, and people around me did too. I could get used to this western thing. Those stereotypes about eastern Europeans always being cranks, negative and westerners – more open, smiling, willing to help are indeed true. Our people should travel more. See and feel other cultures. Bringing this back is really important and that is the way to accelerate societal changes.
On the other hand west have an issue with political correctness. I felt this in my training workdays. This wasn’t as bad as I keep hearing from Jordan Peterson’s channel in Canada or US, but it is definitely stronger, than in my home Baltics. The thing which irritates me the most is dishonesty and fake smiles. Damn, you can not fake honesty. Trying to do so just makes things worse.
Usually I do not count the money in the supermarkets, I just notice the total sum of the bill and the checkout. But I did not spot anything that would be extraordinarily much more expensive than in Lithuania.
Prices of gasoline varied across countries. The maximum we paid was something like 1,4 € per litre gasoline.
I was kind of amusing the experience the feeling of doing something that is completely legal in western Europe, while knowing that for the same stuff you would have serious trouble back home. Eastern Europe has much space to grow in this sense.
Well. That’s it. You can find other posts on this two weeks in Western Europe series here.