Wie gehts, Munich?!
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December 12th, 2006 – by: Maureenie
Anyway: I met up with my friend Nathan (who Iâ€™d lived with in the halls at Middlesex this semester and who speaks very good German) at the airport after my flight came in a little late. They thought something was wrong with the plane and thatâ€™s why they couldnâ€™t land, but it turned out to be all right. It scared me, though. Anyway, right out of the airport I bought a German sausage at this little Christmasy shed. SO GOOD. All the meat I ate here was incredible. Then we hopped on the S-Bahn into the city and checked into the hostel. The website said that we were supposed to be sharing rooms with 40 people.
Nathan and I then headed over to the seasonal highlight of the city: the Christmas Market in Marienplatz. Ohhh, the market has such a happy atmosphere. Everything smelled like cinnamon and sausage, and everyone seemed so happy... You could tell that this was a big traditional event. There is this big beautiful building called the Rathaus, which means Town Hall. Nathan and I took an elevator up to one of the upper tiers of this building, and we could see all of Munich.
We then went back down and got â€śleberkase semmelâ€ť which is some sort of delicious meat in a sandwich with sweet mustard... it was really amazingly good. We mandeln something or other, which were these toasted almonds covered in cinnamon and sugar. Nathan got me totally hooked on both of these. We sat and ate those, and loved life for a while, and then walked around the Christmas Market some more, looking at all the booths of homemade ornaments and nativity displays and being merry.
As it got darker and colder, and after having some life conversations over quick pizza, Nathan and I decided to move indoors and played pool at some place down the street from where we were staying.
When we got back to the hostel we played cards in the bar and then we ended up watching the second half of True Romance on the tv in the bar with bad German pop music in the background. When I went up to my room to drop off my big coat, there were some other Americans hanging out in my room. Two guys, both slightly younger than me. I asked them where they were from, and one of them said they were starting at University of San Diego next semester, but that they were letting him take off this semester to go â€śfind himselfâ€ť in Europe. I thought that was pretty funny, and we talked about Southern California and traveling in Europe for a little while. Meeting people like this always makes me feel part of something bigger... like some big unspoken club of young people running around in Europe with no idea what theyâ€™re doing, without very much money, and looking for something, but they donâ€™t know what.
Definitely a special day.
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