Weeks leading up to my first departure to Europe I was calm, cool, and collected. The night before, I internally freaked out. I didn’t know what to expect and the thought of being anywhere in Europe is thrilling. Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Stuttgart, really? Where is that even located? Does it even matter? Anywhere in Europe is more fabulous than America. Besides, Stuttgart was ranked #30 in livable cities globally and is headquarters to Porsche and Mercedes-Benz. What’s even more fabulous is that I only spent €100 the entire trip. Ok to reveal, I stayed with a family member (for free) and also flew on a buddy pass. But being that I’m extremely economical (read: cheap) in addition to being broke + and paying rent the day before my trip, essentially I had no choice but to budget €100 (135 USD).
Day 1 – Friday:
After resting a bit from jet-lag, my cousin and I went to downtown Stuttgart and stopped by the Schlossplatz (Castle square). It’s surreal seeing a castle up close. I love that other countries preserve their old-world architect. And its beauty is still in tact. However, the surrounding downtown area is just as modern as any other city – with a surplus of bakeries (the best part?) and stores ranging from H&M to Louis Vuitton. There also happened to be a promotional car show with food vendors and I fell in love with a foot long bratwurst, only €3.90. My cousin tried a traditional German street food, champignons – cooked mushrooms with mayonnaise as dipping sauce.
Day 2 – Saturday:
The main event of the day was the Frühlingsfest– the largest spring festival in Europe – full of beer, traditional German dishes, and carnival attractions. While my cousin was apprehensive about participating in any rides other than the bumper cars, we couldn’t leave without testing out the alcoholic waters. She indulged in a “long” drink (a cocktail) and I had beer + pomme frittes. I rarely drink beer in the States but who goes to Germany without trying a brewski? Admission was free and food/drinks were cheap. I also noticed that no matter how much the Deutsch drink, they don’t get rowdy and rambunctious like Americans.
Day 3 – Sunday:
The weather was more beautiful than anticipated and downtown was busy. I stopped at the same vendor mentioned on Day 1 and got (two) more bratwurst. I was ashamed but hey, you only live once. And of course I couldn’t leave Stuttgart without visiting one of their museums, Kunstmuseum to be exact. The architecture is very modern and complimented the featured artwork. I also picked up two art books + a poster from the museum store. Stuttgart, unfortunately, shuts down pretty much everything on Sundays with the exception of Starbucks. So I settled with getting my pastry of the day from the American chain. I spent the rest of the day relaxing and groaning at the fact that I would be back in the rotten apple the next day.
Overall, Stuttgart left a good impression on me. Besides the lack of African-American folks, it wasn’t half bad. After living in New York, the people are on about the same level of rudeness but I’ve adapted. I totally see myself relocating to some part of Europe at some point of my life. This is only the beginning.
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