This morning I had a late breakfast of wei▀wurst (a veal sausage only served before noon) and a pretzel with sweet mustard and a wei▀ beer - quite common fare in Bavaria, though not as common throughout the entirety of Germany or even as a regular everyday thing of course, so don┤t make the mistake of making that broad generalization
. Anyway, then I schleped (on an entirely too full stomach) up 300+ steps to the top of Old Peter┤s church, where I was able to see the Alps since the sky was clear. Upon descending, I stumbled upon a free bike tour, which turned out to be an amazing way to enjoy the city, as it has an abundance of bike paths. Plus I got to listen to some history. Espeically interseting were the tidbits about how the area was quite central in the beginning of Hitler┤s rise to power, which I didn┤t know and for obvious reasons they don┤t publicize! We also explored a bit more around the English gardens - where I had a Radler beer (a light beer mixed with lemonade - not something I would drink again...) in the second largest beer garden in the world, pedalled discreetly past a field of nude sunbathers and enjoyed watching some surfers ride the waves of the river rapids. No, I┤m not kidding!
I had a chance to stay with one of Brittany┤s friends while in Munich. Mareile was able to show me around a bit when I got into town yesterday: I was able to catch the glockenspiel go off in the square, enjoyed watching a fantastic group of people swing-dancing in a gazebo in one of the gardens, and got to walk through the huge English park, which is bigger than both Central Park and Hyde Park and is the place to be on a Sunday afternoon! There was a neat drumcircle and tons of people biking around and sunbathing. Then we went to her friend┤s house for dinner of pork, potatoes and giant white asparagus (which is in season right now) - a typical German meal. Free and homemade.. can┤t beat that! It started raining and hailing, but we managed to make it home during a break in the storm.