Summer is officially over for me, even if it’s still over 27 degrees most days here in Ankara. Yes I am back in Ankara after a wonderful summer, which certainly had a rocky start. Alas my break – from real life and the blog – is over and I am back in Turkey about to start my second (and last!) year for my master’s degree. I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and damn that feels good.
Those who follow me on Facebook and Instagram definitely saw snippets of my summer. The first half of my summer, as you all know, was spent in Mauritius after which I headed to Europe, most specifically Germany for my most amazing summers yet, mostly due to the company.
Some old and some new
Germany must be my favourite country ever. I fell in love with it the first time I was there back in 2010 and then again last year when I revisited. Since then, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been back. One of my most favourite places must be the English Gardens in Munich so of course that’s where I ended up when I was there.
After two years of promising one of the closest people to me to visit her, made it to Heidelberg and it did not disappoint!
However, most of my time was spent in some Bavarian cities. Eager to tick some other places from my list, we also went to Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Regensburg. I also finally went to Bamberg, where I’ve been wanting to go since last Christmas. We however did not make it till Passau so I’ll save that for next time!
Whilst I am a city girl at heart, it was quite nice to have a break from the city trips, which is where our trip to Bastei, near Dresden came in handy. Breathtaking.
I also had a (reluctant) trip to Nuremberg Zoo which at the end of the day wasn’t so bad. Except for the dolphin pool. That was heart wrenching. Yep.
An Italian summer
It was however a bit cloudy and rainy most of the time in Deutschland and I was worried that I had missed the sunny and warm summer that I had been impatiently waiting for. But Rome quickly rectified that.
And the best for the last
But after exceedingly boiling Rome (yes I’m never satisfied!), the cool weather of the Czech Republic was quite a warm welcome. I fell in love with Prague and I seriously cannot wait to go back there again.
So what now?
Well I’m officially back in Turkey and I’ll be here for a while. Between my master’s research and German classes (yes I’m back to that), there’s not much time to do anything else at the moment although I’m sure I’ll squeeze some things here and there. I still have a hangover from this summer’s travels and it’s gonna take a while to get used to life back in Ankara although getting back to work immediately must have been the best thing for a reality check. Not that it’s boring. Just yesterday, I was working as a Turkish-French interpreter at a roller coaster “showroom” so life here is definitely not as bad as it sounds.