Looking back on the past 5 years that I spent in secondary school, one of the days that I will never forget is December 4th, 2015. I was in the 4th year at the time and all the German classes of the 4th year (which were actually only 2) would be going to Cologne, Germany that day. We were going to visit a museum, the big cathedral that you can see in the picture above and the most exciting of all, a Christmas market that was next to the big cathedral.
In the morning we left school with the bus. It was only a 2,5-hour drive. It was already then, that I loved to visit new places and to explore. But the fact that I was going to visit a city that I had never been to before, where we would also visit a Christmas market, wasn’t the only reason I was so excited for that day. A friend of me was in another German class and because of that we never had classes together. And that day that we were going to visit Cologne, we could spend the day together. That made me very happy because I was finally able to spend time with a friend during school hours.
The 4th year was a hard school year for me because I had no classes with any of my friends, while my friends did have classes together. We still saw each other during lunch breaks, but that was only a small part of the day. But even though I didn’t see them as often as I used too, we still remained friends. And I also made new ones. So now that I look back on it, I see it as a time in which I learned things and got to know new people. I believe everything happens for a reason and so did this.
But anyway, let’s go back to that day in Cologne. When we arrived in Cologne and stepped out of the bus, the first thing I noticed was the big cathedral. It is called the ‘Kölner Dom’ which you could translate in English to the ‘Cologne Cathedral’. I had to look up at the sky to see the top of the cathedral. It was enormous and very detailed. I could barely believe what I was seeing. It just looked so impressive! We had a tour of the cathedral in German, but to be quiet honest, I couldn’t understand much of it.
After visiting the cathedral we visited a museum next to the cathedral. And as far as I know of, everyone thought it was really boring, so we were all very happy when we were finally able to leave it. Now that we had seen the cathedral and the museum, we had free time for the rest of the day.
My friend and I decided that we first wanted to visit the Christmas market, obviously. It was smaller than I had expected, but there was lots of food. I bought a waffle and it was so good! The roofs of the market stalls were all red and there was also a big illuminated Christmas tree, so you might be able to imagine how cosy the atmosphere was there. It was amazing!
After a while, we left the Christmas market and we went to the shopping district. We visited a few shops and bought some things. I think that it was after a few hours that we decided to go back to eat something at a restaurant close to the cathedral, so we would surely be on time for the bus back to school. Now there is one thing you should know: My friend and I both didn’t really have any sense of direction. I thought that I knew the way back to the cathedral, but as you might have already guessed, I was wrong. Luckily my friend had more sense of direction than me at that moment and it was because of her that not much later we were sitting in a McDonalds near the cathedral enjoying our meal.
It was dark when we were sitting on the bus again on our way back to school. Even the last few hours of that day, spent on the bus, were amazing. First I listened to the acapella Christmas album ‘That’s Christmas To Me’ by Pentatonix while staring outside, at how the beautiful city of Cologne slowly faded into the distance. That album made that moment so magical and relaxing. You should really listen to it if you’re into Christmas music and you haven’t listened to it. After a while, my friend and I started playing the game ’30 Seconds’ with some guys and we a lot of fun.
It was a beautiful day, that I will never forget.