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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

It's our last full day in Munich, and our bonus day since we were supposed to leave today but changed our minds.  It's freezing out today.  On the walk to the train station we could see our breath.  We found a cafe around the road from our hotel and every day so far in Munich we've stopped there for breakfast of a pastry and a croissant for 2 euros.  After breakfast we had to buy new metro tickets since our 3 day passes expired.  It's really kind of annoying to because we buy these tickets, and never once in our four days here have we seen anyone check for tickets.  I'm sure half the people riding the trains don't pay for them.  But we bought another all day ticket, and we had to get the expensive one since we were heading out of the main innercity to Dachau. Dachau was one of the major concentration camps during the holocaust.  I really wasn't to thrilled about going (I've never liked that stuff,) but we figured that we should while we were here.  When you get there they have it set up for you to follow the path that the prisoners would take from the train tracks that go directly to the camp, then through the metal front gates, etc.  There is a museum in the front that explains all the horrible stuff that happened there. At the back of the complex there are several religous memorials and a working convent.  They give you an English audio guide to explain everything to you.  It was a good memorial, it made me think back to the Hiroshima memorial that we went to a couple months ago.  World War II sucked. That's all I have to say about that, now lets get on to some more pleasant stuff.  We worked our way back to the hotel on the metro in the late afternoon.  We were at Dachau a lot longer than we expected, so instead of trying to cram in something else we decided to finalize the rest of Germany before heading out tonight.  We officially decided not to get a car and booked a bed and breakfast in Fussen for two nights and a hotel in Mittenwald for two nights.  Both of those towns are a couple hours south of Munich on the Germany/Austria border in the heart of Bavaria.  We've booked about a million hotels so far in the last few months and we've gotten pretty good at picking out the good ones from the bad ones, but it is still pretty time consuming (even though by now I've got my credit card number memorized.)No trip to Munich is complete without going to the Haufbrauhaus so that's where we went tonight.  I didn't get the whole history lesson, but from what I gathered it has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years.  They have been in the main building for at least 200 years, but they said the first beer house was built in the 1300s and that their dark beer (Dunkel) has been made since the 1500s.  The specifics aren't too important, but either way its a huge building and a lot of fun.  We have been to the Haufbrauhaus in Las Vegas and they really did a good job of replicating the real one here.  It's a big open hall with a bunch of long communal tables, like at the festival, with a German band playing up front.  It wasn't nearly as rowdy as the festival, or even as much as the one at Vegas, but it was still packed on a Tuesday night and the food and beer are great.  Not to mention the pretzels which I think we got four of.  It was more like just a fun place to come out to grab something to eat and a good beer than a party place.  Not to mention it's defintely a tourist trap.  I'm sure it's different on the weekends though.  Still, every 20 minutes the band would do the same toast song 'Ein Prosit' which only has four words so you can catch on pretty quick.  It was definitely worth the trip.  I got a new pin for my hat here.We absolutely loved Munich and are nervous about leaving since we've had such a great time here.  It has somehow been fun, interesting, new, exciting, and laid back all at once.  I think we are starting to get a little more laid back too, and not put too much pressure on ourselves to see all the big sights and it seems that fun stuff keeps finding us.  It probably would have been nice to know that 8 weeks ago!  
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