I meant to get this up yesterday, but WordPress wouldn’t let me log in (again!) so it’s a day late. Anyway, this is basically what we did between the end of October and last Saturday: we went to Köln (and to the chocolate museum there), went out all dressed up for Halloween and then went to Wuppertal Zoo last Saturday :).
Let’s begin, shall we?
Köln was one of the cities we got to visit on a day trip with Eurobiz. We got there in the morning and then did a tour around the city – we ended up switching to the German tour to get in a little more practice, too! It’s a really interesting place, with certain parts dating back from when the Romans made their way across Europe – there’s even a museum near the cathedral dedicated to that topic, if you’re interested in finding out about it.
The tour took a couple of hours and then we broke for lunch. We went to a little pub/restaurant and had a nice meal before we met up with everyone again. That took us to about two o’clock… then it was time to go to the chocolate museum!
The museum is near the Rhein so we got to walk along the river on the way, too. When we got there, we split into groups to get in (we had group tickets) and got free chocolates (!) from a lady near the ticket booth.
We went around the museum for a couple of hours then; there’s loads of information on how cocoa beans are grown and chocolate is produced and how it developed as a product over time. As well as all that, there were large displays of chocolate models everywhere.
There was also an area with games (there were interactive learning devices all over the place) and this Lindt bunny wall:
When we’d done going through the museum, we went to the shop just outside. I didn’t get any pictures of it, but we’re going back, so I’ll take some then, because that place is amazing! They don’t just have Lindt chocolate, there are lots of different brands, and it’s not all just chocolate bars; they had Santas and liquor and cool novelty things. I could easily have spent all my money there.
Unfortunately, we had to leave and we headed back into Köln’s city centre. We decided to go into the cathedral for a little while, which was nice – though there was a service on so we had to be very quiet. (I didn’t get any pictures of the inside because I didn’t want the flash going off, but I got a few of the outside earlier in the day.)
After we’d been in the cathedral (and into a couple of souvenir shops), we headed back to Paderborn. All in all though, it was a very fun day!
I’ve only got a little bit to say about Halloween, because we had classes most of the day so we didn’t do much at first. We decided to go out that evening though, and discovered we really didn’t have any Halloween costume prepared. We tried to get some white face paint, but couldn’t, so it came down to the make up we had and a little innovation.
We ended up with this:
Cool, huh? Still, there were plenty of interesting things going on…. 😀
We went out at night, which was fun, though we discovered that not everyone in Germany dresses up for Halloween. Oh well. 🙂
Well, we were supposed to go to Bonn last Saturday. Unfortunately, the train left at 07.38… and I woke up at 07.20, messing up the plan for everyone. So instead, we decided to go to the zoo!
It’s a couple of hours from Paderborn to Wuppertal and the train station is a little bit… dodgy, but don’t let it fool you. We got the S-Bahn from the main station to the zoo station and the zoo is in one of the nicest areas I’ve seen in Germany.
The way to the zoo from the station is marked by cute little paving slabs that have an animal’s print and the zoo logo on them (two penguins!):
So we made our way there and it only cost us 8€ to get in with our student cards, which was pretty cool. Even better was that no one else was really there because it was raining a little and there was a big football game on at the stadium nearby (we could hear them cheering as we walked around the zoo). We essentially had the place entirely to ourselves and we got to see all kinds of animals (Wuppertal Zoo boasts about 5,000 animals from 500 different species)…
After we’d been wandering around the zoo for a few hours, we went to the gift shop and picked up some things before we went looking for food. We ended up going back to the train station and found a takeaway noodle place in the shopping centre nearby (the noodles were amazing!), before going home.
Next Wednesday (hopefully), I’m going to talk about the Berlin trip I’m going on tomorrow morning (until Sunday), so that should be fun!
For now, I’m going to leave you with this video of the wolves at Wuppertal Zoo howling at each other (we could hear them all around the place), featuring Shayne and Lisa’s conversation halfway through 😀 haha!