As I advised, I will be arriving in Germany April 3 therefore I will have the entire weekend to explore the city. From what I hear, the first two weeks is like the honeymoon stage for the introduction. My collegues will apparently show me around, take me to some great bars, tell me where to eat, what beer to drink etc.. After those 2 weeks, it is all over. I have to basically fend for myself in a way. I think I will have friends but I can't expect them to hang out with me all the time-people do have lives. So, that brings me to planning my time when I'm actually in Stuttgart. We can start at the first weekend.
NOTE: I will print off all my "things to do" and keep them in a book so when I get to Germany I am not scrambling. I will also look back on my blog as a reference guide to jog my memory.
I can almost certainly assume that Friday April 3 will be spent getting groceries, being shown around and having a bit of fun-during the day. After my collegues leave, I will most likely spend my time unpacking, and getting acquainted with my bed. I will be up over 24 hours at this point and I will start running fast and hard as of the Monday, when I start work. So, getting rest is imparative. Before I start my first work week though, I have Saturday and Sunday to get through. In a strange foreign land with no family, friends (well, only a few) and none of my creature comforts...I will have to get something so I won't get sad. And, exploring is first on my list.
Saturday April 4
Ludwigsburg is apprx 4 minutes away from my hotel via the s-bahn. From my research, there are a few castles in Ludwigsburg which is super exciting to me. I mean, CASTLES!!!! The main attraction is The Residential Palace!! Cool. I think I will spend my entire Saturday exploring this place. There are guided tours which are under 10euro so that is doable. Ludwigsburg also boasts the beautiful Blooming Baroque and Fairy-Tale Garden. The gardens open at 7:30am daily which is great for me since I plan on being in the city no later than 8am. There is a porcelin manufacturer on the grounds also but I don't know if I will visit this place. I am so not into art. In order to fully enjoy Ludwigsburg, I plan on taking my sweet time walking around, taking pictures and enjoying a nice meal. Nothing overly expensive but something classically German.
Sunday April 5
Right now I will keep Sunday open as I think I might be beer-tasting with my friend but if not, here are some of my vast options.
- Killesbergpark. This is a public park which is apprx 8km from my hotel.
-OR, I might visit the Wilhelma Zoological and Botanic Garden instead. I spoke about this before on this blog. I plan on making it a leisurely day full of picture taking, people watching and acclimating myself in the German culture. It will be an early night though as the next day will be my intro into my company, Stuttgart style!
-OR, I might take a Stuttgart walking tour. There are many to choose from including:
1) Stuttgart City Tour - EUR 18.00
2) City Walk. I am leaning toward this one as it seems to give more history and insight into the city which might bemore beneficial for my needs.
3) Some tour at the numerous wine gardens.
If all else fails and I can't see why that would happen, I will hire out a bike for the day and just cycle around exploring on my own. Of course, I might get lost so this may not be the best idea.
Some might think these are some grand plans for a person who will have only just stepped off a plane after flying over 7 hours but I must reinterate something here. I only have 3 months in Germany and I can't afford to waste one minute of precious time.