|Brussels to Berlin|
Friday afternoon, it was already time to embark on new adventures in Germany. I boarded a FlixBus, my new favorite mode of transportation; FlixBus is a budget European bus company that sometimes gets you from place to place quicker than the train (not the case in France, but Germany has the efficiency of the Autobahn on its side). My bus from Berlin to Quedlinburg, for example, was direct, cost 13 Euros, and lasted just under three hours. The train would have involved one connection, cost 40-50 Euros, and lasted at least three and a half hours. FlixBuses are clean coach buses with free WiFi. Definitely look them up for your next trip in Germany.
drücken - push
ziehen - pull
which conveniently let you know how a door should be opened. After almost breaking the door to a mustard shop, I learned
schlittern - slide
We later passed a toy shop, where Matthew explained the fun of certain German nouns, like
Spielzeug - toy, literally Spiel - play and zeug - thing. So, with the same logic, we have
Flugzeug - plane, or "fly thing"
Fahrzeug - vehicle, or "drive thing"
Werkzeug - tool, or "work thing"
Similarly, I took my new word Angebot - offer/special, learned at a restaurant, and later deciphered the seemingly daunting Mittagsangebot - weekday special.
I met several of Matthew's friends over the weekend; Friday night, we met two of his German friends at a Greek restaurant. Saturday, we had a fantastic time hosting dinner at his place for quite the international group: three French, one Italian, one Spaniard, and one German.
Afterwards, we went back to Quedlinburg and took shelter from the rain inside the brauhaus (brewery). We sampled Quedlinburg's locally-brewed beer, Lüdde, and had the bierfleisch for dinner, an incredible local meat, dumpling, and cabbage plate.
More useful German vocab:
vom Fass - on tap
Not a brand of German beer.
I enjoy traveling solo, but it was wonderful to stay with a friend and fantastic host for a bit. Seeing a familiar face here in Europe is also refreshing from time to time. Quedlinburg, though small, has two thumbs up from me if you're looking for a day or two of relaxation before you hop on another FlixBus to your next destination!