Munich - Modernity, beer and cultural tensions
Trip Start May 05, 2008
97Trip End May 09, 2009
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Speaking of racial tensions, we noticed a fair bit of that in modern Munich. We have never seen such a concentration of fundamentalist muslims in any western city to date, and they do not seem to mix very well with the germans. The city seems to be going through a new bout of ghettoization, which is evident downtown in the fact that cafes are the almost exclusive domain of muslims while the germans congregate in the beer gardens. It doesn´t take a genius to figure out that communities which have a very different culture, live side by side but don´t mix in social situations will sooner or later come to a conflict. Which considering the historical precedents of this place can be quite worrying.
On a lighter note, we also happened to visit a very large English-style park in the heart of Munich, where as the urban legend goes, otherwise very respectable Germans go sun-bathing in the full monty. Again we can personally attest that this is not an urban legend, and that the kind of people (men) engaging in this practice are not exactly the type who add to the natural beauty of the park... Anyway, it does make this country seem a little bit more puzzling, since we have seen evidence of other such contrasts. Tomorrow therefore will be auf wiedersehen to Deutschland but not forever, since we intend to come back and visit the rest of it.