Posted by: 2girls2europe | July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July and Leipzig Rules

So before I begin this post, I must give a shout-out to everyone in America today:

HAPPY-INDEPENDENCE-DAY-THAT-WE-ALL-CELEBRATE-BUT-THAT-I’M-PRETTY-SURE-THE-DECLARATION-OF-INDEPENDENCE-WASN’T-ACTUALLY-SIGNED-ON-DAY!

[Insert Star Spangled Banner/ God Bless America/ any Toby Keith song here]

Now that that’s out of the way…onto the good stuff.

So as Jessie and I gallivant across this crazy continent called Europe, we continually look forward to the famous and impressive sights that await us at various locations. We breathlessly snap photos in front of Big Ben, the Edinburgh castle, and the Brandenburg gate, satisfied that we made it to all of the “must see” destinations in a particular location…and have cheesy photos to prove it.

But beyond the pics that we post to Facebook and this humble blog, are life experiences and interactions that have made the trip worthwhile so far. Whether it’s the infamous Belgians (we talk about you guys all the time, by the way, in case you are reading), Helena, the spunky tour guide in Dublin, or the helpful Canadians in Edinburgh, the people we meet have largely shaped our experiences for the better.

Passing through Leipzig only reaffirmed this thought. To be honest, we did not know what we should expect when we ventured here. We tried to look it up in Jessie’s Let’s Go, but didn’t find it listed. Uh-oh. What could we possibly take pictures in front of there?! I could feel the anxiety emanating from Jessie’s face.

But our gracious hosts, Caroline and her boyfriend Paul, have made our trip to Leipzig worth all the while. From patiently waiting for us to find them at the train station (I’m sure we walked past them obliviously 4 or 5 times) to putting up with our combined amounts of energy, they deserve medals of honor.

Upon our arrival they toured us around their house. We squealed with joy as they showed us their Jetson-esque bedroom—with a lofted king sized bed (with staircase and base lighting!) and the kicker: pulley systems. Both the flat screen TV and the shelf of DVDs were hooked up to electronic pulley systems that Paul controlled with buttons. Did I mention that he’s a software engineer?

And then they made us food! From pasta with homemade sauce to a smorgasbord of sandwich food to Nutella for breakfast, we have been treated like kings.

They even voluntarily let us sing karaoke with them. And not just any songs. We belted out Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” and Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” See? Troopers.

And don’t get me wrong. We did the touristy stuff too. We took pictures by large, important-looking buildings, we ventured inside a big church and even took an audio tour through a museum about the Stasi (secret police).

But I must say, the best memories I will carry with me from Leipzig will not be our exploration of the city itself, but the experiences with those crazy folks who let us crash on their couch.

Gina

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  1. Gina,
    Please thank the Liepzig folks on my behalf for taking care
    of you ( and Jessie) ! Wish I was there 🙂

  2. Caro told me about you two staying at their place. Sounds like you had a blast (yeah for washing machines) and that they took good care of you. I expected nothing less from my friends.
    Btw, I am very glad you visited Leipzig, it’s a fantastic city with a lot of history and culture and great people. Enjoy the rest of your tour.


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