Blue skies over Bavaria

Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
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Trip End Oct 01, 2007


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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

We're getting mighty lucky with the weather so far here. For a third day straight, it's been clear, blue skies and nice, warm sun. Munich is ideal for this kind of thing, so we're making the most of it while we can.

We came down from Frankfurt yesterday afternoon on the ICE. The trip was less enjoyable than it would otherwise have been thanks to us having to disconcertingly sit facing the wrong direction for the whole trek. It's ok to look at everything going by the opposite way, but it gets a little upsetting to the internal motion detectors after an hour or two. Mayu got a little sick from it, so she wound up trying to sleep for the last hour or so to avoid dealing with it.

After we got to my brother's place, we dropped off our stuff, had a little tour of the new flat and then made for the Englisch Garten. The outside conditions being as they were, we got to spend the late afternoon and early evening in a beer garden - something that's far from typical so early in the spring here. My brother Steve and I each had a maß of helles, and Mayu tried her first Radler. For dinner we swung on back to Schwabing to a classic Bavarian eatery, which proved delicious, even if the portions were frighteningly large. Even Mayu, who had ordered a kleinespeise (small dish), was totally overwhelmed. In fact, her order was even bigger than mine!

Mayu and I have spent today mostly strolling around the Altstadt. We made the standard stop at Marienplatz, with its famous Neues Rathaus, and then wandered around the backstreets. We hiked up the narrow steps of the neighboring Peterskirche bell tower as well, getting a gorgeous view over the whole town. The steps up were unsettlingly narrow, but with a little squeezing we managed to make our way up without too many pauses. Afterwards, we visited the outlandishly elaborate Asamkirche, with its borderline-disgustingly embellished Rococo interior. Popping by a discount bakery for a mid-afternoon snack, we then moved on past through Marienplatz once more and then up towards Karlsplatz, visiting the imposing Frauenkirche en route.

I'm still trying to work out photo file storage across the trip. We stopped into an electronics store and had a look at portable hard drives, but I still haven't made up my mind. Really though, with the size of the pictures I take, it's the only realistic option, so we'll probably go back. For the rest of the day though, I'm hoping to get a hold of my buddy Jim and line something up for the evening.

That's the status update for now, here at an internet cafe off Marienplatz in Munich.
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