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Augsburg, Bayern Travel Blog› entry 7 of 16 › view all entries
January 8th, 2006 – by: mel_kay
My first full day was spent mostly outside the city. Kaja and Inga took me for breakfast to the most popular cafe in Augsburg, where I enjoyed pancakes and their version of a 'milk coffee' - a huge glass, half full of froth and served with a straw.
The rest of the day was an adventure in search of beer. One of Inga's friends works for a German television program, Deutsche Welle. The crew was doing a documentary on a brewery in the small Bavarian town of Riedensburg, whose owner is a real beer connoiseur and teaches classes in matching the right beer with the right type of food.
Riedensburg was a three hour train ride from Augsburg and we planned to catch a taxi from the station to the brewery. I suppose we were a little to naive to expect that taxis would be waiting outside the station, and when we called the taxi company listed at the station, the call operator hadn't even heard of the town. We found a nearby pub, where a taxi was called for us, which didn't arrive for about half an hour. In the meantime, I watched a whole episode of JAG dubbed in German.
When the taxi arrived, the driver assured us he knew where the brewery was, but after about fifteen minutes of him slowing down to read street signs and scratching his head, we realised he didn't have a clue. He refused to admit this and kept making comments about how it was just behind another town, and even accepted another job for a man who was waiting outside a restaurant. The only nice thing he did was turn off the metre after it reached twenty euros. I would say the drive took at least an hour - including a return to the place from where we started - before we actually managed to arrive at the brewery. I wonder what happened to the poor guy waiting outside the restaurant.
We arrived so late that we missed the tour of the brewery and went straight to the restaurant for tastings.
Our taxi drive back to the station took ten to fifteen minutes.
The next day I went around the town of Augsburg and joined Kaja for an aqua aerobics class (no, it's not just for grandmas). Kaja and Inga also made me a fantastic, traditional southern German lunch of schupfnudel mit sauerkraut, salad and apple strudel for dessert.
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