Munich Round One
Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
188Trip End Mar 16, 2009
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The atmosphere in the beer hall was amazing with waiters running up and down clutching dozens of beers in each hand and plates of delicious food stacked all the way up their arms. We were lucky to get a table almost immediately in the packed beer hall and once seated soon had our food and drinks order in. The beer and food that arrived a short while later was fantastic and soon loud traditional toasts of "prost" where being made all around our table
The following day got of to an oddly slow start and we opted to sleep in rather than join the early morning cycle tour around the city and to the famous 'Disney' castle or rather Neuschwanstien and Hohenschwangau castle. This decision we were later to regret as it was not possible to postpone the trip as it wasn't offered on the few days we had remaining in Munich. We instead decided to explore the city on foot and find a good restaurant for lunch. Mother Nature had other plans for us as not long after we set off we got caught in a massive downpour and got drenched, needless to say we left the hostel totally unprepared, not something you would expect from almost seasoned travelers.
We rushed back to the hostel which was a few kilometers away to get warmer clothes and raincoats before continuing the search to somewhere to have lunch. The hotel guide book suggested a traditional style restaurant which we had no trouble finding
We did eventually find a nice little German restaurant around the corner that miraculously had waitresses that could see us and had a pleasant meal and some great Weiss beer. The afternoon was ended with a long walk through Munich's massive Englischer park and then zigzagging our way through the cities back streets to our hostel.
Something else I found quite odd was that on this same day the city was also hosting a gay pride parade, not sure if this is the gay month or we are being stalked.
We found after a few days in Munich that the city was extremely cosmopolitan and if it had not been for the beer hall it might have been any other city in Europe
On our last day in Munich before we flew back to South Africa we decide to visit the highly recommended Deutches Museum a science and technology museum which if explored in its entirety would require two full days. The museum was mind boggling and had amazing displays on just about everything from space travel, flight, medicine, chemistry, a host of manufacturing techniques, photography only to mention a few. We even attended a live chemistry demonstration which was like watching a hilarious magic show that had us in oohing and aahing even though it was entirely in German. The museum is a must for anyone who wants to know how anything works!
We could have spent more time at the museum but with the though of flying home had us so excited that we cut the visit short and diced to get to the airport a little earlier and make sure there was no way we would miss our flight. Our trip back to South Africa was squeezed into our busy European schedule to attend Andre and Sandri's wedding. We were extremely lucky that we were both able to find flights back to SA to attend the wedding and the see family and friends back home. And since this was almost exactly half way in our 14 month trip it could not have come at a better time.