Welcome to Vilsbiburg, the German city I’ll be spending my next 7 months living and playing in!
Vilsbiburg is a town of about 11,000 people. I heard that number earlier but it’s hard for me to grasp what it really meant. All of the girls, when they asked how I liked the city, their own first comment was always about how small it is. But it seems a-okay to me. We’re not in the outskirts of some random place. We have a cute little town (I am purposefully not writing city). Once I finally got some time off to stroll around it took me all of an hour and a half to get almost everywhere I should ever want to or need to go. From what I could tell we have the following: 4 Italian restaurants, 5 bakery/cafes, 1 Greek restaurant, 1 Chinese restaurant, 4 hairstyling salons, 5 markets, 2 office supply shops, 2 gardening/florists, 2 Ice cream/gelaterias, movie theatre and 1 bar. Along with some normal shopping and other stuff sprinkled in. What I love about it is this: everything I could want or need is close. It’s s small town, yes, so it has what’s important in close range. I lived in Vienna, a huge city, but on the out skirts. I wouldn’t call it convenient to go to s big grocery store or to get to certain shops. I got lucky with my apartment location too because I live directly across the street from a grocery store and Italian restaurant and I’m actually on the third floor above a pharmacy. My building is full of doctors and has kindergarten! I see lots of pregnant ladies coming up in the mornings. Major props to them for generally taking the 2 flights of stairs instead of the elevator. You go girls! I’m also 2 minute from a cafe, 1 from the volleyball offices, and 5 to everything thing else. That’s all walking mind you. If anything, Vilsbiburg (for now) brings truth to the phrase “bigger isn’t always better.”