What happens when you don’t love the place you’ve visiting. How do you cope with the disappointment when your expectations are severely quashed & you don’t want to do anything?
I faced that dilemma in Cologne, Germany in 2015.
I don’t know if it was the city. I don’t know if it was because I was on week three of a four week trip that hadn’t really gone as planned already. I’m not sure if it was because I was on about the 17th day of rainy days. I’m not even sure if it was because Cologne Cathedral is a giant black building that looks imposing & kind of scary.
Whatever it was, I was depressed and I was alone.
I tried to make the best of a bad situation.
I went to visit the dreary, imposing Cologne Cathedral – which was actually kind of amazing, so much detail both inside and out. I went on a riverboat cruise up the Rhine River & saw some pretty incredible architecture. I checked out the famous love locks on Hohenzollernbrücke. I saw a guy create some amazing bubbles in the Rhine Garden.
But I didn’t love Cologne and couldn’t wait to leave.
Why is it that some cities will make us fall in love with them so deeply – I’m looking at you London & Melbourne. But others will bring up feelings of disdain and disappointment, like Paris & Cologne did for me.
Maybe if the sun had been shining, I would have had a different experience. Maybe if I was there with someone else, it would have been better. Maybe if I had gone there first, I would have liked the city more.
Of course I can’t change what has passed.. I can only go forward. I know I’m not going to love every place I visit. I know that I will be disappointed from time to time. I guess it’s all about how I react at the time will determine what memories I have of a place.
Weirdly enough though, I think I took more photos in Cologne than anywhere else on the four week trip through the UK & Europe. Maybe I was trying to compensate for not liking the place.
Have you ever visited a place that you just didn’t like and couldn’t wait to leave?
How did you deal with it all?