I spent two days in Dusseldorf. It was my first time in Germany, which I found to be absolutely charming. My immediate reaction of Dusseldorf is that it is quiet, clean and orderly. There was almost no garbage on the street. More people seem to use a bike as their main mode of transportation. And of course, the other thing that comes to mind when I think of Germany is beer. In addition to it’s beer, Germany is known for it’s education system; in fact, I met an American student who is studying engineering in Berlin on the bus I took to France.
We stayed in a hostel downtown within walking distance of everything. It was a young crowd, I was jet lagged so I stayed up until 4am talking global politics in the common room a Colombian, a guy from France and a fellow American. It is the first time in a hostel I have gotten to indulge in hearing such a diversity of opinion in a relatively unguarded atmosphere.
Pictured above is a classic German bier garten. Or, at least, it resembles the one I worked at in Atlanta a couple of years ago. Personally, I am not really a beer drinker, but I am a huge fan of some of the Reisling wine that I have had from Germany. I can thank Trader Joe’s for introducing it to me, but I especially enjoyed being able to have it in Germany.