Bon Voyage from Munich

Trip Start Mar 31, 2011
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Trip End Jul 05, 2011


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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Dad and I woke up early (5/8) to tie up loose ends, then I walked him to the train station to get on the S-Bahn to the airport. Bon voyage-- thanks for a wonderful 5 weeks! Hope that everything work out better than Jenna's flight...
Since this was mine and Jenna's first day alone and Jenna's first full day in the city of Munich, we spent basically the whole time wandering around. We went into around 6 churches and checked out the old and new town halls.  It was Sunday, so we had to dodge around the church services in order to take pictures... but we got a few good ones! After our morning wandering, we decided to grab lunch/beer at the Hofbrauhaus. The Hofbrauhaus is a massively famous beer hall that is home to much of the Octoberfest celebrations. On a more somber note, it was also home to Hitler's early speeches. Regardless, it was totally amazing. We ordered giant liters of beer-- the waiter thought we were so hilarious and gave us a big thumbs up. He obviously expected us to order tiny little beers rather than giant mugs the size of our upper bodies.  There was a hilarious little band playing a few songs an hour in silly little traditional outfits, and there were beer maidens walking around everywhere delivering pretzels and beers. We ordered delicious pork and pretzels with dumplings for lunch and feasted on our fatty food and beer. I posted a video of the clock and the band at the bottom.  
After the beers, we went back to the hotel to take a much-needed nap. We woke up refreshed and headed back to Marianplatz to see Tosca, an opera by Puccini. It was really beautiful-- the singing was great but we were really high up so we couldn't see much. At the first intermission, we moved to the other side of the opera house to get a better view. It was still obviously really far away, but we could definitely see more. Also, the opera was sung in Italian and the subtitles were in German, so we had NO clue what was going on at any point during the entire performance. Oh well, it was still really beautiful. I couldn't take pictures because they were too loud, and the LCD screen is really bright when taking videos, so I just left the lens cap on and took videos for the sound. Worked pretty well.
Not sure if we were massively under dressed or behaving incorrectly in some way, but everyone at the opera stared at us nearly constantly. Not staring in a friendly or particularly negative way-- more just intense curiosity. Not sure if they were trying to figure out where we are from since we look so different from one another or if we were doing some thing wrong. It was really noticeably and pretty funny. Staring seems to be more acceptable here-- people stare at one another all the time and they don't turn away when you stare back at them.  It must be a cultural thing. 
After the opera, we walked back to the hotel to do some research for our next few days of travel. The Eurail timetables book is really helpful, but it does not have a complete list of all trains, so we had to do some internet research. We found some really helpful trains through Croatia-- hopefully they are covered by our Eurail passes. Then we went to bed to get yet another early start on Monday morning. Off to Salzburg and Vienna tomorrow, horray!
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Adrienne (mom) on

What a fun blog. Love the huge beers, the German band, the really cool clock with the chime sounds and all the photos. People were staring at you because you girls own the world right now! I'm sure you both are politically and fashionably correct so don't worry about it and have a wonderful time.

Adrienne B-L on

I definitely noticed the staring thing when I was in Berlin! It's funny because I feel like they're generally more hushed and reserved in public, but they definitely give these intense, prolonged stares!

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