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Preparing for a Hen Do with Fibromyalgia

I'm not going to lie, I've got an insanely busy few months coming up. As someone who is used to spending a lot of time alone, this is genuinely so different to my normal life, but I'm so happy about it! I did a quick post earlier this year going over some of the things I've got going on this year, so I thought I'd share some posts about how I'm preparing for these with regards to my fibro.
First up I've got two hen do weekends for two amazing bride to be's this year. I am so excited and crazily happy that I've been asked to attend. I've got one in Benidorm and one in Leeds, and they're both going to be jam packed with activities to make it an unreal time. But with this comes a lot of preparation on my end, to make sure I know I can have a fantastic weekend without a dreaded fibro flare. Whilst I'm fully expecting to need a bit of recovery after, I'd like to try and make it through both weekends without a flare up.
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Eating My Way Through Mainz, Germany

Okay, two things you need to know about me: I love food, and I love the country Germany. So of course, I love the food you get in Germany! I first visited Germany back on a school trip in 2009, and then again on another school trip in 2011. Ever since I have been dying to go back so I can't describe how excited I was before my latest trip at the end of June.

One thing that I've carried with me since those first visits to Germany was the memory of the food, more specifically the Currywurst. I'd made a pact with myself that on this trip I had to have some currywurst, and that I'd try anything else I was offered! So I thought I'd share the amazing meals I had whilst I was over there.

Day one started with a traditional Bavarian breakfast. When I heard we were having beer for breakfast I was slightly worried as I'm not a beer drinker but I'm now 100% a wheat beer convert. We also had a Weisswurst - a white sausage which might not look too appetising but honestly the flavour was amazing, 100% if you have the chance, try it. And the pretzels. What can I even say, I am literally obsessed. We had it with this lush mustard, I'm not normally a mustard fan but this was amazing, need to find some over here I can have.

Next was the food I was waiting for - Currywurst! It's a bratwurst covered in curry sauce and it's honestly delicious. And with chips and a bread roll to accompany it, it's a must to have when you're in Germany. The curry itself isn't a spicy curry, so no need to worry if you're not a spice fan. There's normally always a German stall at the food markets in Newcastle - whilst it's not the same as having it in Germany, it still tastes really good so it's worth a try if you want to experience German food!

I actually didn't get any photos of the food we had on Day 2 - I was too busy celebrating Englands 6-1 win! We had a barbecue which of course was full of bratwurst and a ton of other amazing food. Again, I basically at my body weight in pretzels, there was an amazing garlic dip we had with them too and oh my days, I'm still thinking about it now. We also tried the Brazilian cocktail Caipirinha, something I had never heard of before but apparently you can get it all over the world! To be fair, if I'm having a cocktail I just go straight for the strawberry or raspberry ones. 

Our final full day (we really weren't there long enough at all) we went to this tiny little restaurant that's not a real restaurant as it's not open to everyone. I decided to go with the Schnitzel, you can't not have schnitzel. I don't think I will ever be able to put into words how amazing this was. Part of me is so gutted that it's not a big restaurant that everyone can go to so you can't all go and experience it for yourselves, but another part of me is so pleased that it's something I can keep for myself! It's a small family restaurant, and you can taste how authentic and real it is. This is another thing I think I'll be thinking about for years to come. 

Now I am a huge fan of a full English breakfast, but I got used to the typical German breakfast of sausages, meats, cheeses and bread pretty quickly. I also don't think I'll ever manage to have a sausage in this country now, they just don't compare to the ones you get in Germany.

I know a lot of people wouldn't think about going to Germany for a holiday. It's not a beach holiday kind of place if that's your type of holiday but I can't honestly recommend it enough. It's such a beautiful country (I'll be sharing some more photos in an upcoming post) full of amazing food and drinks - if you're a wine or beer fan, get yourself over there! 

Also, if there are any sausage related innuendos in this post, they are 100% unintentional! It's very difficult to write about sausages without an innuendo creeping in somewhere haha! If you've ever been to Germany before, let me know what your fave food was! 

Abbey xx


  1. Damn shouldn't have read this post while I'm hungry. This looks super tasty- I'd love to try German food!

    Julia //

    1. I was starving the whole time I was writing it and dying for a pretzel! My photos don't do it justice, they do some amazing food and the wine is delicious too. It's not anyone's first thought for a holiday but I have nothing but good things to say about it!

  2. I also love food and Germany is one of the top places on my to-go list! I would absolutely devour a German breakfast 😍


    1. It's amazing, I hope you get to go to experience the food! :) x


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