Arrival and Stadlfest

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Ich liebe Liederhosen!
Welcome to my Bavarian adventure!  Thanks for reading my blog and I hope my story can help you understand how amazing Munich, Stuttgart and Salzburg were and what you should see while you are there.

The adventure truly began with a fun experience with our layover in Manchester England, in which they made us wait over 40 minutes and then proceeded to tell us we missed our flight and we will have to wait until tomorrow for the next one.  At least they called us "chaps", which brightened our dreary british day a little.  All said and done we made it onto Lufthansa and arrived at Munich's airport.  I suggest Lufthansa as it was a smooth and comfortable ride although when I go back to Munich I plan to fly direct instead of laying over (still have a bad taste in my mouth from England).
Now that is a beer! Steins are the way to go!


Since it was a red-eye flight I figured with us losing a couple hours it would be best to do it this way.  Unfortunately, my body didn't see it that way on the airplane as I slept only 1 or 2 hours.  After my old college roommate Alaric picked my brother and I up we were greeted with another pal from my alma mater (University of Rhode Island).  My friend Caitlyn had been studying in Prague and decided to take a cheap Euro flight from the Czech Republic to Munich the day before.  My friend Alaric then asked me if we were ready to party.  I responded by pausing, sighing, and then a big high five.

After equipping myself with an extra pair of Lederhosen (which I purchased from him before leaving), I noticed that walking through Munich in Lederhosen on a Saturday night didn't even turn one head.
The Bavarians love their culture. So different then America.
  I imagined back in the States the smirks and expressions I would have received in NYC.  We jumped on the U-Bahn train (Germany's amazing transit system which includes busses as well) and headed even more south.  After changing over to a taxi Alaric informed us that we were probably 30 min or so from Italy at this point.

Ok I will attempt to explain Stadlfest through words, but I am happy to have to ability to refer to pictures as well.  It is basically a "barn party".  Here's the equation:  BARN - ANIMALS/HAY + TABLES/STAGE + ROCK BAND + DRUNK BAVARIANS = AMAZING TIME.  I am an outgoing guy, so after a few steins (see picture for shear size alone) of 5.3% abv. beer, I was joining in with the chants despite the heavy dialect and my lack of truly speaking german to begin with.  The guys wore Lederhosen and the girls wore "Durdles".  I may have misspelled that, but you probably know the outfit already.  I could tell it was going to be an amazing trip and that we got to partake in something the majority of Americans will never do.
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Marienplatz: center of Munchen
Surprisingly waking up sober and ready to see the actual city (I credit running on excitement/adrenaline), we headed out to Munich.  After growing up in New Jersey and the "city" being New York City, I was used to the craziness of city life.  I was in for a big surprise.  The streets were clean, the locals were friendly and the shops were closed.  Wait what did I say?  Yes, just like earlier times in the US, Sundays are considered holy days still and they close all the shops except for food and gas stations.  Personally, I truly enjoyed this as you could walk through the town and see it for what it really was and not have someone trying to sell you something at all times.
Chinese Tower


Later that day we went to a "Biergarten" aka beer garden.  I am in full support of installing these across America (when it happens you make sure to give props to me first!) :)  Beer gardens are another big culture thing in Germany (especially the south) and give everyone a chance to enjoy a beer and some good food in a relaxing, laid-back environment.  Germans tend to eat alot of meat, cheese and bread.  I loved it but my younger brother Tim tends to be pickier so it differs from person to person.

The city of Munich is not only beautiful, but efficent and healthy.  How is it healthy you ask?  Well to begin with our US culture of fast food isn't available every step of the way (although they do have a gyro-like lamb sandwich called a Doner Kebap, which is delicious and you should try at least once).
  In addition, besides the sidewalk, there also are biking paths all throughout the city which not only encourage healthier lifestyles, but also show the locals that cars aren't necessary within the city.

Be aware however that Munich is the most expensive city to live in within Germany.  Depending on when you are reading this as well the Euro is killing the US$ with exchange rates.  You don't completely get that until you throw down $400 and you only receive 250 Euro.  Plan accordingly.

There are tons of sites to see ranging from the Deutsche's Museum (only 3 Euro for students!), relaxing by the Isar River, seeing Allianz Arena (Go FC Bayern Munchen!), seeing the amazing architecture and plenty else.  My brother and I had no problem getting around for a full day of sightseeing using mostly English as well.  I was there in July and it was an amazing time, I couldn't even imagine what it would be like during Oktoberfest!
Ich liebe Liederhosen!
Ich liebe Liederhosen!
Now that is a beer! Steins are the…
Now that is a beer! Steins are th…
The Bavarians love their culture. …
The Bavarians love their culture.…
Marienplatz: center of Munchen
Marienplatz: center of Munchen
Chinese Tower
Chinese Tower
Church Clock Tower
Church Clock Tower
My brother Tim outside the Deutsch…
My brother Tim outside the Deutsc…
Kings Gardens
King's Gardens
Kings Garden
King's Garden
Kings Gardens
King's Gardens
My brother and my good friend Alar…
My brother and my good friend Ala…
At Stadlfest! About an hour south …
At Stadlfest! About an hour south…
Surfing the Isar
Surfing the Isar
The river is strong enough to crea…
The river is strong enough to cre…
496 km (308 miles) traveled
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photo by: AleksandraEa