Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany

First job in the UK, and a short trip to Munich

Hello hello! Quite a bit has happened since my last thorough blog post, but I don’t feel like going into the finer details just yet. I’ll share some quick highlights though!

The main one is that I started a new job last week! It’s been an utter whirlwind of trying to wrap around my head around working in a brand new industry. Data analytics, in general, is all the same. You’re trying to measure something with metrics that are unique to an industry. But at the beginning, when you’re new to the industry, it’ll take you a long time to get used to all the measurements and formulas. That’s my biggest challenge right now.

Besides my new job though, there’s other good news to share – I paid a trip to Munich, Germany about three or four days before I started working. It was very much an impromptu vacation. After requesting my earliest start date at work, I immediately went online to book a flight to a European country. I knew that it was going to be a solo trip, so I knew the country I picked had to be receptive of tourists who spoke only English. So Germany it was!

I’ve always wanted to visit Germany. I’ve also always wanted to do a road trip around the country – too bad I don’t have a driver’s license though – but because Munich is so far down south in the country, I figured that if I ever do end up doing a road trip inΒ Germany, it would have to skip over Munich.

Munich was absolutely beautiful! I had the foresight to check the weather for the five days I was there because I knew I wanted to visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle on a day with good weather. It was incredibly sunny the day I visited, so even though I look squinty in my photos with the castle, I’m still so glad I went because it ended up raining my last two days in Munich.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

I’ve heard that the city of Munich is considered expensive compared to the rest of Germany, but I didn’t find it overly expensive. London is a way more expensive city to live in! I suppose living in London the past couple of months has made me numb to how expensive other cities actually are. That’s not a good thing!

I also visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, the Nymphenburg Palace (which is the building you see in the featured image with the swan), and St. Michael’s Church during my time in Munich. Bavarian architecture is just absolutely beautiful. I was really impressed by the intricate details Bavarian architects include in theirΒ building designs. You can’t see that sort of elaborateness over in Canada.

Anyway, it was a really nice trip to Munich. I’m glad I did such an impulsive vacation before I started work because I’ve got so much to learn the next couple of months. Hopefully, I won’t ghost on this blog due to work!

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My Madrid weekend consisted of a trip to the stadium for a game on the Saturday, and then a full stadium tour on the Sunday. I have so many photos from both visits, but the photos you see in this post are ones I took on Sunday during the stadium tour.⁣⁣
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1) Raphael Varane's locker in the change room! I high-key hightailed it to his locker area when I walked in. My French prince, mon petit prince. 😍 Please never leave us so you can be club captain! (Just typing this puts a smile on my face. Love love love him.)⁣⁣
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2) The lockers are arranged by numerical order, of course, so of course he's situated right next to Sergio Ramos.⁣⁣
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3) Champions League trophies! There were so many people standing around waiting for their turn to take a selfie with the trophy. I took a selfie with the trophy too, but the lighting is terrible, so I gotta do some editing before I can share it. πŸ˜…β£β£
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5) My Brazilian prince, Kaka, has a couple of his trophies here at the stadium too!! ❀️ It was such a pleasant surprise to see his face still remembered at Real Madrid, even though the club basically destroyed the rest of his career. 😭 My all-time favourite player ever.⁣⁣
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7) Luka Modric's brand new Ballon d'Or was there at the award showcase too! Considering that he had only just presented it to the club one or two weeks prior to my visit, I was really surprised to see it on display.⁣⁣
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8) Some weird-looking trophy called the Super Ballon d'Or given to Alfredo Di Stefano in 1989. Apparently the only one in the world. Reminds me of aliens.⁣⁣
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9) A photo of the bathing area in the change room, hahah. That's a bathtub, I think! So many logos around the bathing area, I had to take a photo.⁣⁣
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10) Finally, a photo of the stadium! I took many more during the game I went to on the Saturday, so I'll share those later.⁣⁣
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#RealMadrid #SantiagoBernabeu #HalaMadrid
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