I’m little over a month into my placement in Idstein and I’ve seen my responsibilities steadily grow as I further acclimatize to my new surroundings. I am really enjoying my insight into the world of trade fairs and have particularly enjoyed preparing the DISPOs for various Messen across the DACH region.
I have recently turned 21 and to celebrate I was treated to consecutive weekend visits from my parents, which gave me a chance to show off Idstein to them. My Dad made the trip by car, and so we had the freedom to explore the surrounding towns and villages. Königstein is an especially pretty town, which I can only describe as the Cotswolds meets the home counties with a dash of Hansel and Gretel chucked in for good measure.
To find somewhere to watch english football we headed to Wiesbaden which was a pleasant surprise. The influence of the local army base has turned this suburb into a something taken straight out of the States; here one can find numerous American style bars and restaurants. The 20th Century architecture contributes to an atmosphere that gives the feeling of a stroll down fifth avenue.
The 3rd October marked Tag der Deutschen Einheit, a German holiday which commemorates the anniversary of reunification. I used the opportunity of a long weekend to visit Dublin with my girlfriend, so many pubs so little time! We made the most of the excursion by eating and drinking as much as we could fit in. The notorious Guinness Storehouse was a must-see and lived up to expectations, but Dublin’s rich art and music scene was a shock highlight. In Germany the holiday allowance is much more generous than back home – combined with an opportunistic approach to cheap flights and deals – jetting off to various destinations across Europe is very possible