No matter where I travel, I'm always super excited to explore a new city and sample everything it has to offer. Unfortunately, not every city has lived up to my expectations. Whether it's because they're less exciting than I expected, lack a certain something or are simply just too cool for me, here are four cities that left me feeling underwhelmed.
I started learning German when I was 12 and I was pretty good at it. I dreamed of visiting Germany and practising my skills, but it took 15 years until I actually managed it. I'd been deliberating over the best city to visit for a long, long time and had decided the capital was probably my best bet. Berlin has a very cool vibe and, unfortunately, I'm not very cool. With a lot of street art, bohemian cafes and an urban atmosphere, I can totally see why other people love it so much but it's not for me. I haven't written off Germany completely though- I have two trips coming up in the next month!
Read about my Berlin visit here
When I got back from Vienna, I told my brother that I wasn't a fan and he replied "So it really does mean nothing to you". It's been 7 months and I still get that bloody song stuck in my head every time I mention the city. Cheers, Jamie! Vienna is a beautiful city filled with history and culture. Most of it is compact, so it's easy to walk around and the public transport is incredibly efficient. What's not to like? Unfortunately, it's just missing something for me. It's busy, smoky and lacks atmosphere but there's something about it that always drags me back. You better believe I spend the whole time moaning about how much I hate Vienna but still I make plans to return!
Read about my Vienna visits here and here
A disclaimer: I went to Amsterdam for a second time earlier this year and I absolutely loved it. I think it's because I went with low expectations after an underwhelming first visit so I was pleasantly surprised. When I first went in 2011, I was expecting a fairly hedonistic, edgy city, perfect for a weekend away with my friend. It turned out to be a lot tamer than I expected. Now, I love a bit of high-brow culture but it wasn't what I went to Amsterdam for. Admittedly, I didn't go for the drugs and prostitutes either but a happy medium would have been perfect. Knowing all this, I was prepared for this year's visit and had a whale of a time. It's all in how high I set my expectations.
Read about my Amsterdam visit here
Admittedly, this one may have been our own fault. When Helen and I visited Oxford, we didn't think to actually find out things to do in advance. Instead, we just turned up and walked around. I guess we ended up in the wrong part of town because it was just like any other high street, albeit one filled with posh people. Yeah, there was the odd pretty building but there are loads of towns in the UK that have that element. Perhaps we just weren't posh enough to appreciate it!
Read about my Oxford visit here
On the flip side, there are some cities that have taken me by surprise with how much I've loved them (*cough*Salzburg) and I'll be sharing these ones with you soon. In the meantime, though, where should I not visit next?
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