I have to admit, when my husband first mentioned the possibility of me tagging along on his business trip to Germany, I wasn’t as excited as I should’ve been. Sure, I was looking forward to the latter part of the trip when we’d get to tour the country together, but the first three days I was going to be all by myself. I’m an introvert, you see, so the thought of me traveling around a foreign country on my own while he was in meetings all day didn’t exactly thrill me.
Then it occurred to me – I’d be on my own while he was in meetings all day. No kids to run around, no English speaking television shows to distract me, no roads to design. I’d be surrounded by absolutely beautiful German country side, with nothing but a cup of delicious coffee and my laptop to keep me company. Why wouldn’t I go?
But as we drove from Frankfurt toward Tauberbischofsheim doing 190km/hr on the autobahn, two things became increasingly clear to me. First: the jet lag was going to kill my word count projections; and second: it didn’t matter, because I was going to take way more than pages home from Germany. I was taking a butt load of inspiration.
How can you not love a town surrounded by a fortress wall, right? And the cobblestone streets just make you want to relax with a bottle of wine at a little café and read a great book. From the top of the tower we could see the German countryside for miles and miles. Perhaps two sisters separated at birth meet each other for the first time at their father’s funeral in Rothenberg?
This little town was completely destroyed by British bombers in World War II, despite German hopes that it would be spared because it wasn’t industrial. There’s a tragic love story just waiting to be told here…I know it. If I wrote historical, I might give it a shot.
This was my favorite part of the trip, but not for the reason you might think. Yes, the castle is absolutely stunning. Yes, the German Alps were beyond beautiful. But the coolest part for me was the history. This castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, whom is known to many as the Mad King. Before the castle was finished, he was arrested and placed in an asylum, where days later he and his doctor were found dead in a lake – in waist high water. Quite the mystery. This story SCREAMS Jenna Patrick all over it!
Perhaps the most surprising part of our trip. I saw things in Munich I never thought I’d see in Germany…like surfing in a 40′ wide river in downtown, a reggae music festival at Olympic Stadium, and a few bare ass naked German dudes changing into wetsuits beside a busy street in downtown. If that’s not inspiring, ladies, what is? Munich is like no other city I’ve ever been to. I’m thinking a New Adult would be perfect here. Two strangers meet on an exchange program in Munich?
Every girl needs a shopping day on a European trip. Heidelberg was the perfect place for me to pick up all those last minute souvenirs. I might’ve enjoyed it even more had I not been up drinking Cosmos at the hotel until the wee hours the night before. I could see this being the perfect place for a washed up, thirty-something year old woman to inherit an old clock shop from her great aunt — discovering it’s much more.
So maybe I didn’t finish my edits or get my next manuscript plotted, but I came home with something even more valuable — a little German inspiration!!!
I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for letting me share!