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Karlsruhe, Germany

Treasured moments in this desolate yet historical city include completing the novel, The Book Thief, minutes before arriving to the city. The fictional story takes place during the Holocaust where grief, loneliness, and war triumph over family, love, and loyalty in Munich, Germany. What a way to have begun my adventure in a country!

I also recall walking the streets, eating Turkish kabob and, riding the tram alone, strange and lonely moments that only fellow travelers can relate to. I ended the night before hopping onto the next train to Amsterdam with a trip to the cinema. I watched Cinderella and Suite Francaise, both in the German language with English subtitles. Cinderella, coincidentally enough, is a story written by the Grimm Brothers who lived in Germany.


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