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Europe, who does not yearn for that word which hides every romantic sense and sight? From the moment I confirmed my trip to Europe with 2010 Summer Worldwide Study Tour (WST) program operated by Chonnam National University, I could not stop thinking and dreaming about the journey. I was a Korean delegate to participate in the 59th IVSA (International Veterinary Students’ Association) Congress which was held from July 8th to 18th in Copenhagen, Denmark, and I decided to visit some other places on my way there. I chose Munich to be my first destination, and then I headed north towards Denmark, visiting three beautiful cities on the way up to Copenhagen. As my travel began, my heart was all aflutter, even 11 hours of flight could not calm me down. European summer has longer daytime; the sun would never go down before almost 10 o’clock at night. Still, it felt like it is not enough daytime for me to experience Europe.
     
 

Munich

 
 
Grab a Relief at a Biergarten of Munich
Munich greeted me with a pouring rain. However, the beer of the city famous for Octoberfest was worth running through heavy rain for. A glass of cool, tasty German beer made me jealous for Germans who would enjoy this as a casual drink. Besides Biergartens, there are outdoor cafés everywhere in the city, offering nice coffee, dishes, and beer of course, attracting passengers to come sit awhile. Five churches were standing near the Marienplatz, and the peal of bells from them rang out every hour on the hour, filling the atmosphere with peaceful mood. Longer daytime of summer slowed down busy steps of tourists, and my pace got slower too. I did not rush to check out all the famous spots. I spent my time left in Munich with relaxed mind. I took a random bus to the last stop, lay down on the grass and wrote letters. Municheners seem to have easy and composed attitude, enjoy riding bicycles and roller skates on every streets with wonderful museums and churches. Everything was well organized, in order, yet relaxed. It was Munich.
 
     
 

Prague

 
 
Prague, Pretty Unreal 
It was early morning when I got off the night-coach at Florenz bus terminal in Prague. The city was still not awakened, shrouded in morning mist, emitting a mysterious charm. I could not believe people actually live in those pretty buildings of Prague. It felt more like I entered a city in fairy tales. Roadbeds were all stones, making unusual sounds when a car passes by, but a distinctive nice sound with carriages. Old Town Square with famous astronomical clock Orloj was just beautiful, and on the Charles Bridge which is called the most beautiful bridge in Europe, I was almost moved by the view completed by Vltava River, Prague Castle and Mala Strana in distance. Some say there are spells on every alley and corner of Prague. The city would bring you back to the medieval days, then into movies or fairy tales, and you will be caught in Prague, enchanted. Though my stay in Prague was short, I felt like I could never be brave enough to leave this city of unrealistic beauty. Kafka was right. Prague does have claws.
 
     
 

Berlin

 
 
Passionate andNeat, Berlin
The day I arrived in Berlin was the World Cup match day of Germany versus Spain. I was listening to an obscure singer at the Alexanderplatz, then young people with red, yellow and black showed up gradually. When someone started playing vuvuzela, I moved toward the majestic Berliner Dome alongside the Spree River. I walked across the Museum Island, and along down the Unter den Linden street. The street was awesome with magnificent buildings, academic Humboldt University, beautifully managed trees and grassplot on both sides. Then I saw a bunch of people who wrapped German flags around them and wore German flower necklaces, singing cheer songs. Soon, the crowds were everywhere. Standing in front of the Brandenbrug Gate watching excitement spread through a number of people gathered together, I could see more dynamic face of Germany. The whole grand park Tiergarten had become a big outdoor cheering place, with a huge screen and street stalls. Countless people, flood of German colors, festive atmosphere. How could I ask for more when I was in Berlin that day?
 
     
 

Copenhagen

 
 
Copenhagen, City of Modern Vikings
As I landed in Copenhagen I could feel Scandinavian mood everywhere, not to mention high prices. Decent but bold colored buildings, modern glass buildings standing next to classic ones, recognizably tall people, and a slogan on a Danish man’s cap saying “100% Viking”. Nyhavn Street, located right beside the Copenhagen Canal, was a popular subject in calendars and postcards. Buildings colored in red, yellow, blue, green and pink were facing the canal and countless small bridges. A jazz festival was taking place in Copenhagen when I was in town, so gentle jazz music was played here and there. There were a lot of boats with masts in the canal, parked densely in both sides. Some people were hanging out on their own boats, friendlily waving hands to tourists. Danish people were freely sitting on the bank of the canal, eating or drinking, enjoying the sun. There were number of impish ones too, jumping into water with big splash to get tourists on tour boat wet. Lively, witty Danish people filled my stay in Copenhagen with bold bright colors.
 
     
 

Europeans in Prague

 
 
Europeans Light Up My Life
One of the most impressing things I have felt during my trip was the attitude of Europeans. Everywhere I go I could easily find people lay on grassplots, reading books or just bathing in the sun. They did not seem to mind what other people might think about them. They laughed loudly and did not hesitate to talk with strangers. I could see they have un-stiffened, open, enjoying attitudes toward their lives. I used to think that being free and relaxed is exclusive for travelers, because I thought that is impossible without stepping outside of daily life. However, Europeans seem to stay free and open with their realities. They were confidently living the given bright, long summer days. They seem to cherish each day, very ordinary day of theirs, as if it was a gift. Slowly I realized that it depends on how I confront my days. I kept some of their sunlight in my mind; lively, delightful, yet appreciating attitude toward everyday life, which would allow free, easy mind without leaving for another trip. I carried a piece of the sun from European summer with me, always splendid.
 
By Um So-min, Tribune Reporter
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