I was really happy to be able to see Munich, we had nice, but very warm weather. On Thursday I met them at the hotel they were staying at, and then we went into the city to have a late lunch before touring around. Then we went into the Frauenkirche which is the biggest church in Munich, walked over to the big Englischer park where they surf on this river, which was SO cool to watch for a while. Then we took the underground up to the Olympian Park where there was a marathon or something going on, so there was people, and bikes, all over the place. Also at the subway stop was BMW world which was still open and strangely we did not see one person working there, i guess since it was already after 7 but we could see some nice cars. After we walked around and had to make a bit of a detour due to the runners, but we were able to go into the swimming pool. We had also wanted to see in the big stadium but there was something going on in there and we didn't quite understand what it was so we didn't pay to enter. But there was a big hill that we could climb and it gave an amazing view over the city and also the olympian park.
We then got the Subway, with about 600 other smelly, hot and sweaty runners, back to the hotel they were staying at and then went in the search of some food. There was a small restaurant by their hotel that we decided to go too since by then it was already 11:00 and we didn't want to take the train back into the city. The food when it came out didn't look like it was going to be that good, but it was probably the best Schnitzel that I have tasted thus far, and i've tasted a lot. mmmm it was SO good.
Friday was TERRIBLY hot, and we really wanted to swim in the rivers at the park with all the other thousands of people but we ended up going there later and just hanging out. But it looked SO fun, like a free fast flowing lazy river, there were SO many people swimming there, it really was so cool!
Instead first we went to the Deutches Museum and walked around for a while, I know shocking, I paid to go into a museum... After we were all feeling so warm and sluggish and nothing makes that better like a Ice Cream, so we had an ice cream and then headed for the park to hang out.
Later then we went back to the Hotel since Thorsten would meet us there and then we would drive over to the Hostel we were staying at. We stayed at the Wombats Hostel, which was the same that we had also stayed at in London. It had a cool vibe, but the room was very warm, it had been a treat being able to crash in their hotel room the night before. Anyway, then we all went out for some traditional bavarian beer... of course. Perhaps it was a bit too much. Thorsten and I had been discussing Munich and how we didn't want to drink that much because we had plans for the Saturday and didn't want to feel the effects the next day. But it seemed as though that all went out the window.
We still were able to do everything we wanted the next day, just at a slower pace and not without feeling nauseous.
Saturday Morning, Emma and Alex, met us in our Hostel. okay, maybe it was already late morning/afternoon. Then we walked back through the city and too the Hofbrahaus since Alex had wanted to get a T shirt there. We then walked back and took them to the train station before heading out of the city ourselves. Just a few days before leaving for Munich Thorsten had mentioned that Dachau was very near by. I had always had an interest in going to one of the Concentration camps and he also had never been to one. So that was why we were hoping to not be in terrible shape to go there still. After our morning walk through the city we felt better and were still obviously going to go. Although once we got closer and closer I thought I was going to throw up for different reason it was just so creepy and sad to think about, I almost bailed at the last minute. But we went and we were definitely glad we did.
As Thorsten said, you can learn so much from a book, or a class or a documentary but once we were actually there where it all happened it was so much different. We got there at about 2:45 and were there for just about 2 hours, saw a short film in one of the buildings and then headed out. It definitely had a very creepy, gloomy sad feel to the area.
We then had a small snack along this big lake we had driven passed on the way there. The lake had this incredible, almost eery blue/green color. I took a few pictures however of course the color isn't as good. We then drove up to Marlofstein to have dinner with Thomas, Petra and Inke. We were both so tired from sleeping only 5 hours the night before so it was a fight over who had to drive and that the other one couldn't sleep. But then we had a really nice time with them and some great Barbecue!
We left at about 10:30 since it was a two and a half hour drive still from Mannheim, which I had to do since he drove the first part, not to mention the whole day prior on his own.
Okay, this post has progressively got shorter and to the point (i guess thats the problem with making three posts in a day), so here are some photos!
in the back is the Spielzeug Museum, or toy Museum, probably would have been cool [literally too] to go in there, but we didn't.
the Frauenkirche, it had two of these tall towers, however the one was wrapped in scaffolding... as is all landmarks in Europe that you want to see
a young boy was surfing, once you fall off the wave. it quickly sweeps you down so you have to be quick to jump back out.
So this is probably my last post since I will be home in 4 days. I hope you enjoyed my adventures along with me and thanks to all those who continuously read my posts. I really enjoyed posting them and am looking forward to going home and printing them all out so that I have them for a longer time!
hope to see you soon back in the USA!