Monday 21 September 2015

AP degree in hospitality and tourism management

I am now 3 weeks into my education so i though i wanted to share a little something about it with you guys.

It is a two year academic education which is basiclly event management but it specializes in hospitality and tourism. We are right now working with the local cities to improve the tourism there.
It is a learning by doing education, so everyhting we make and plan can be used by the city or some communities if they want, so we are actually helping real companies. Not just reading or pretending we are about helping them by writing an assignment.
This week we acutally moved our lecture to a castle (Spøttrup borg) just to be in the element of the "tourism".

I of course want to go the "travel" way. I want to work with travel agencies and plan peoples vacations into the smallest detail. Now that i already have a travelguide education I think that could be ideal. I want to make sure that as many people as possible gets some possitive experiences out of their vacations. And as many as possible!
I can also use it myself to find the cheaps ways to travel and where to travel.

As a part of the education, we are moving the lectures to Florida at FIU next year for a month. It is not everyone who is going and of course there are lectures at home too, but it is a bit more fun to go to Florida. But more about that later!!

In the 3. semester we have to find a company for an internship. I don't know where to go yet, but i really hope i can go to London, now that my lecturer have some connections over there. I have also been thinking about writing the Warner Bros Studio in London, and see if they want me for 3 months. How awesome would that be?

Monday 14 September 2015

My first cosplay photoshoot

Being creative is one of the things i enjoy most in life. When i was going to my Disney audition last year, i made a Belle costume i took with me but never got to use acutally. But i really loved making the costume and loved playing a character so i have 4 costumes now. One of them not quite finished.

Before summer i made an agreement with my friends that we had to go on a photoshoot when the weather was nice and well... we live in Denmark so there was not many chances in the summer. So in the end of August we went out on a photoshoot when i walked around town in my Belle costume.
They did a really great job with my hair and makeup. I was a lost case i both now that i naver do my hair and pretty much only wear eyeliner.

Both of them had a great camera with them and both serious pictures and silly picutres were taken. But if you want to see the best of the pictures please visit my DaviantArt gallery here.

Photo by Ayla

Photo by Ulla

Sunday 13 September 2015

Eating out and eating good in Rüdesheim

Rüdesheim is like my second home in the summer, so i have tried close to all restaurants around town and of course i have some favorites. Some of them have the most amazing food and some have the friendelist staff. I' tell you about my favorites of both.

"Strauß" Gartenwirtschaft

This place can be hard to find. It is a little opening, kind of like a garage door, but there is kind of an alley that leads to an outdoor restaurant. It has a roof, so you can sit outside, even though the weater is bad and they have heaters too it needed.
The reason why i love this place is the owner. An nice old japanese guy who happen to be really good at making classic german food. One of the first years we were there he was going around chased flies. We though it was a bit odd, so we asked him why. A bird had a nest in the corner of the alley entrance and has left it because of the many people there. So i was feeding the chicks flies, so they world survive. The year after we went in there to ask how it ended with the birds and two acutally survived.

Another thing is, that we kind of have a fun competition going on with the owner. We always order the same in there, schnitzel with mushroom sauce (schnitzel jäger art) because it is the best snitzel in Rüdesheim! The first few times we were there i was a little girl with quite an appetite and he was impressed with how much i could eat. So if i could eat the schnitzel i made, i would get a free icecream. Year after year the schnitzels and getting bigger and bigger and this year was not an exception. But the fun part was that all of us eat it all except my dad. So we all got free icecream except him. It was so funny! 
(The owner speaks danish as well and has the menu in many different languages)
The fries was in a bowl to share. I didn't eat any...
As you see.. i got the biggest schnitzel.

Eiscafe Tirreno

To me vacation+Germany= Eiscafes. I really love eiscafes and i wish other countries would do this as much as Germany because it is so cozy! Eiscafe Tirreno is an Italian eiscafe that makes all the ice by themselves. It is really good and they are so fast in making the most awesome desserts like the one on my picture. It is a "Erdbeerbecher" Strawberry cup with freash strawberries and vanilla ice. My mom got a cherry one.
They have so many different kinds of icecreams and desserts. When you get a table, you will have four different menu card. A fun thing they have that i really recommend is their "spaghetti icecream" It is simply icecream that looks like spaghetti with sauce with cream in the middle. If you want a "going-out" icecream they also have desserts with alcohol in them. 

Bäcker Dries "Bäckerbub"

Okay let's be honest. Most people today is drawn by the "free WIFI" sign. I was too. I have been walking by this baker so many times  when i was younger. Only looking inside at the food and cakes and think "wooow" but then kept walking. It was until i got a smartphone. I was in need of internet and i didn't want to use the internetcafe in the town, so i told my parents about this place and we have come there many times since.
It is a baker but at the same time a cafe. They have a killer breakfast menu with scramble eggs and all that but if you ask me, the girl with the heart made of sweets, i came there for their cakes. The one in the picture is a strawberry cake and it was so heavy that you don't need to eat for a long time, after eating this. It was so good!
Also, im a bit of a tea snob and the germans are not tea people. I get ticks when i go into a cafe and i ask for tea and they only askes "Black or green?" There is so much more to tea than that. So when i came into this bakery and asked for tea, they had a whole list of different black teas and green teas. That is heaven for me right there!

Ristorante Da Toni
Im sorry to say, but i forgot to take pictures from this restaurant. But let's just say that when you automaticlly log in on their WIFI, you are there too often.
This is an Italian restaurant and it is really one of the best i have even been on. Maybe because i haven't been to Italy yet? I can't say.
Their menu is really rich and there is so much to choose from. I have never got the same two times while i have been there. They, of course, specializes in pasta in so many different ways that it is human possible. Their pizzas are phenomenal even though they are so simple. The waiters there are really sweet and they don't mock you if you can't pronounce one of the many Italian names for the food.
This is by fare both my mom and dads favorite and i should say from my dad, that i should recommend the spaghetti carbonates.  

Sunday 6 September 2015

What to see and do in Rüdesheim and around

After spending 8+ summers on the campsite in Rüdesheim am Rhein i'm sure i must have seen pretty much everything by now. I'm sure that many people will not agree with my choices of what to see, but have in mind, that i'm not an alcohol drinker, though the area is very famous for their weinbrand, Asbach Uralt, and their homemade wine.

1. Drosselgaße
The world famous party street in old German style. There is so many cruise ships docking in Rüdesheim only because of Drosselgaße. It is were everything happens in Rüdesheim in the evening. There are live music in all the restaurants and waiters are dresses in lederhosen and and the women looks like milkmaids with their tartan dresses.
I must warn you. The activicy on Drosselgaße is all about the cruise ships. If there is no ships, they don't do a big effort about the whole old cozy german style.

2. Bingen Rüdesheimer boat trip "Ringticket"
The area around Rhüdesheim is really wonderful is unlike anything else! So if you are the sporty type (without being too sporty really) then you can buy the "Ringticket". A ringticket is a tour you buy in the office in Oberstraße 37, very close to Drosselgaße.
Your tour starts with ride in a cable railway above the wineyards above Rüdesheim which gives you a glorious view about the city and the river with Bingen on the other side.

When you get to the top you may have noticed the big statue that kind of looks like a small version of the statue of liberty, German version of course. It is Niederwald Denkmal. A statue Kaiser Wilhelm I made in 1871 to mark the foundation of the German empire after the war. It is really beautiful and the view from up their is amazing as well!

Now the sporty part comes! There is a 5km walk though a forest. There is a longer way around in the forest, if 5km is too short for you. There are signs on the trees where you have to go, so you can basiclly not get lost in there. There is an old hunting lodge in the forest where you can get something to drink or eat, if you feel like it. You can also buy a pack of deer feed in an automat and try to handfeed the deers. They are so cute! They drool alot though.
The railway on the way down is not a cabin but a simple wooden chair with a safety equipment so you can't fall down. But if you are very afraid of heights, you may have to walk down.

You will end up the neighbor town Assmannshausen. They don't have must activity but as every small town in Germany they have a few restaurants, so if you need something to drink after your walk and the hunting lodge wasn't something for you, there is hope! In Assmannshausen you take a boat/cruise back to Rüdesheim. Fear not if it is sailing the wrong way. You will just get a longer trip, but you will end in Rüdesheim at some point. While sailing there is also a chance to get something to eat and drink!

3. Castle tour down the Rhein
This is not just in Rüdesheim, but along the Rhein.
It is not a secret, that most of the way up and down the Rhein, is as beautiful as Rüdesheim. Rüdesheim is just a town with a lot of opportunities, now that is it a lot bigger, that many of the other town along the Rhein. If you drive north from Rüdesheim (the way the rhein is running) there are alot of castles around. Some more maintained than others.
The first of them was build by the ancient Romans, back when south Germania was a part of the empire. They were used to get duty from those who transported goods by ships. There is so many castles, that i believe it must have been an very expensive way to use.
Others were build by rich people after 1000th like nobility, bishops etc.

One of my favorites is Burg Rheinstein. It is build in 1300th and is very maintaind as it was back then. It have been used to many different things though time and you can experince it all, if you visit it. Today it mostly for tourists and for weddings for people who want a oldfashion fairytale wedding. It is a part of UNESCO Cultural Heritage "Upper Middle-Rhine Valley".

You can find a list of all the castles and their history here.