From Germany to Italy to visit Jollibee Italia

Yes, I traveled 493 kilometers from Munich to Milan to visit Jollibee. I was so happy that I did it and I didn't regret spending the night on the bus (6 hrs and 20 minutes of travel time) just to eat chicken joy and rice for breakfast with my Filipino friends. 

I know that so many people found this crazy! Even FL thought it was a ridiculous idea.  I totally understand why most people think that way. I mean, why would someone travel so long and so far just to eat at a fast food chain? Why would someone crave over fried chicken, Pinoy spaghetti, burgers, and hotdogs only served at Jollibee? It's unhealthy. It's in Italy - the land of heavenly pizza and pasta. Why?! 

The answer is simple -- Jollibee felt like a small piece of my home, the Philippines, in the middle of Europe. This trip was like a mini-homecoming for me and my friends.

Nothing Fancy, Just Love

It has been a month since FL and I got married in Æro, Denmark.

Many of our friends and relatives were surprised! They didn't know about it. We chose not to announce our plans to get married to the world (on social media LOL!).  It wasn't a secret - our families and close friends knew about our wedding plans since the very beginning.


Winter Wonderland Wedding


But not anyone of them was invited. Why?


Drei. Three. Tres. Troi. Tatlo. Tulo.

Today marks my third year in Munich. 

As I was walking along the lake in the English garden, I was asked, "So, how does it feel to be living here for the past three years?"

I could not help but smile. I took a deep breath before I said, "It has been extremely smooth and fun for me." 

I am not saying that everything was like a walk in the park. Of course, there were challenges in the last three years. But looking back, the nice experiences outnumber the not-so-nice ones.

I'd like to think that I'm one of the lucky ones who didn't have to face problems in looking for an apartment. I'm one of the lucky ones who wasn't required to speak in Deutsch at work (It's not that I didn't want to learn; I'm happy that I wasn't pressured to learn the language.).

I'm one of the lucky ones who easily found amazing friends in this city. I'm one of the lucky ones who really got to enjoy the good quality of life in Munich.

Thank you, Munich! My heart is full of gratitude.


Rush hour near the Friedensengel (Angel of Peace Monument)




The Fairytale Castle of King Ludwig II: Schloss Neuschwanstein

Schloss Neuschwanstein, which literally means New Swan Stone Castle, is situated in Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany. The cliffside castle was commissioned in 1868, but the final towers of the castle were only completed in 1892. 


History

King Ludwig II did not live long enough to see the final Neuschwanstein. He died mysteriously in 1886. It is said that he built this castle to become his private residence after he lost his power during the Austro-Prussian war.


Inspiration for Disney Castles

Before Disneyland was built, Walt Disney and his wife traveled to Europe and visited the Neuschwanstein. Some reports show that Cinderella's castle and the Sleeping Beauty's castle were modeled after the fairytale castle in Bavaria.


Getting There

The castle can be easily reached by car or public transportation (train and bus). 

If you wish to travel by train from Munich, get the Deutsche Bahn Bayern day ticket. This ticket allows you to travel everywhere in Bavaria - unlimited!