Arvind’s Travel Journal: Cologne


Cologne: How I learnt to love the Cathedrals

Cologne too, like Paris and
Vienna, has a Gothic cathedral in the town center. Its a beautiful soothing
small place, but very historical – there are remains of Roman walls and gates
still in Cologne. Neo-Roman style churches abound now. Rhine river adds to the
charm. Walking in the historical town center or along the river, or taking a
boat cruise on Danube is probably the best way to spend your day here.

The importance of having chromosome Y


I stayed in a youth hostel in
Cologne, and there met a Californian and an Argentinian guy, both towards the
end of their n-month long travels. Both seemed very experienced in chasing
girls, and were drunk enough to be eager to share their experiences. What
followed was a wild night of drinking, partying, and clubbing, with me a silent
passive student, watching the action, and participating as much as I need to


We went to a hostel bar for the
free drink for the residents. Even as we stayed on for a few drinks, there were
no girls – me being guilty of scaring at least two of the few there away by
trying to talk to them (not that I said anything unpleasant!) They left, I left
along, the Argentinian guy went to bed because he had an interview next day,
and the Californian joined me in pursuit of some nightlife, me directly, he
after having some hot dogs.       

After much rambling, and no
success finding hot dogs or clubs, we ran into (almost literally, in my
friend’s drunkenness!) upon four folks (two guys, two girls) wandering about
looking for nightlife as well. For those who don’t already know, whenever you
need a help from strangers, have a girl member in your group (if any) ask for
that help. People, specially the all X-chromosome ones, are certainly more
responsive to those with Y.


The club was fun, nothing
architecturally amazing or gorgeous, but there were lots of people. And then,
you go to clubs for people; monuments are the place to go to see architecture.
People or no-people, I am, as you may have figured out so far, susceptible to
losing some money and self-respect in clubs. This time, it was a bit different
– I lost both not on girls but guys. No, no – I didn’t make any new discovery
about my sexuality here. Instead, it was me after 2 consecutive nights of barely
sleeping when asked by the folks who led us to the club for drinks – I was too
tired or fatigued to smart my way out.

The cathedrals
figured out!

As I walked back to my hostel, I
realized the purpose of the central cathedral in many European cities – to act
as a beacon for tired travelers or drunk clubbers too jaded to look at maps on
their way back home.

Born and brought up in India, Arvind is currently a graduate student in
Boston, MA, USA. Even though his study area (Computer science) doesn’t really
have much to do with travel (except for conferences), he likes to travel and
write about his travels — usually packing his trips with as much event and
adventure as he can. You can contact him at