Trip Start May 15, 2008
60Trip End Jul 24, 2008
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After a short nap in the hotel room, we headed out around 7pm for dinner. This time, we headed north at Karlsplatz, walking along Maximiliansplatz and some backstreets before coming to the pedestrian Theaterinstrasse and Residenzstrasse which run southward from Odeonsplatz. We decided to eat at Pfälzer Weinprobierstube, a wine hall (serves no beer), right off of Odeonsplatz. My dad was disappointed that it didn't serve beer, but we shared a nice bottle of wine and it had a good atmosphere, so I can't complain. Behind us, a concert was going on in Odeonsplatz. After dinner, we walked back through Marienplatz and Karlsplatz, which are both really neat and prettily lit at night.
Sunday morning we decided to head north to the BMW Museum, which is really neat but somewhat of a ripoff
That evening, we took the S-Bahn to Laim, to check out the apartment where I'd be living. After strolling by the apartment, which had a great location right near the S-Bahn stop, we strolled through some neighborhood back streets to reach Nymphenburg, one of the largest places in Germany. Since we got there right as the sun was starting to set, the lighting was magnificent and the area was empty, which provided for some great pictures
Monday morning, I headed straight to the Goethe Institut for my language class placement and to get all the information I needed. My dad, meanwhile, headed off to the airport to fly home. That afternoon, I ran to the grocery store and unpacked, getting ready for my first day of my German class.
My first day of class passed uneventfully, as did my second, as I got settled into five hours of German lessons in the morning. The class itself was quite international, though almost everyone spoke at least a little English (many of the 15 others in the class were practically fluent in English). After class on Wednesday, I opted to go on a Goethe Institut city tour, even though I'd already seen most of the places. Starting from Sendlinger Tor, the closest old city gate to the school, we headed through old town, stopping to admire the Asamkirche, a magnificent rococo church built by the Asam brothers in the 1700s
We passed some more of the city's plentiful churches as we approached Viktualienmarkt, which we used as our gateway into Marienplatz. After a brief stop there in the swarming crowds, we headed to the Hofbräuhaus, which we walked through without stopping for a drink. We then headed through some quiet squares and back streets before emerging onto Theaterinstrassse and the square that holds the Theatre. From there, we headed north along Residenzstrasse, which follows the side of the Residenz, Munich's royal palace, until we reached Odeonsplatz, at which point I broke away from the group and headed home.
On Thursday, I headed to the Alte and Neue Pinakothek, two of Munich's finest art museums, which are located between Koenigsplatz, Theresienstrasse, and Universitaet's U-Bahn stops, near the Technische Universitaet in Maxvorstadt. The Alte Pinakothek covers fine European (especially northern European, i.e. German and Dutch) art from the 14th-18th centuries. The Neue has the collections of 18th and 19th century art, while the Pinakothek der Moderne covers 19th and 20th century art. Unfortunately, I never made to the final one, despite plans. I enjoyed both museums thoroughly, but to my dismay, when I emerged from the latter, it was pouring down rain and I got soaked running to the U-Bahn stop, and then again running from the Laim stop back to my apartment.
On Friday it was rainy - as my whole stay from then on out seemed to be - so I decided to take it easy and go back to my apartment - after all, I had a lot to catch up on in my blog and a lot of trips to plan.