Wie gehts, Munich?!

Munich Travel Blog

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A Bavarian government building taken by a camera-happy Maureen
Flying to Munich, the steward guy’s name was Sven. No joke.

Anyway: I met up with my friend Nathan (who I’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 that’s why they couldn’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
That was a bunch of lies. I was kind of excited to see how terrible it was going to be to have 39 roommates, but I only ended up with 9. A funny thing about hostels is that no matter how early or late you think it is, someone is almost always asleep in your room when you need to be noisy in there.

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.
Not liking the way this fountain guy is spitting. Highly unattractive, dude.
It was a WONDERFUL view, and a wonderful thing to do on the first day because I could see all of the city, and even all the way out to the Alps! It was incredible. We got to watch the sun setting here, as well, which I took way too many pictures of.

We then went back down and got “leberkase semmel” 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.
Christmas Market!
We hung out there for a few hours, it turned out. I realize that’s not kosher as far as the whole you-have-to-go-experience-Europe-while-you’re-there idea, but I figured that this went with my whole new I-do-what-I-want idea.

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 “find himself” 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 they’re doing, without very much money, and looking for something, but they don’t know what.  

Definitely a special day. 
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A Bavarian government building tak…
A Bavarian government building ta…
Nathan and I
Nathan and I
Not liking the way this fountain g…
Not liking the way this fountain …
Christmas Market!
Christmas Market!
A church that I learned about later
A church that I learned about later
The Rathaus! Fabulous!
The Rathaus! Fabulous!
Details on the Rathaus
Details on the Rathaus
View from up inside the Rathaus!
View from up inside the Rathaus!
Look, you can see the Alps!!!
Look, you can see the Alps!!!
More Alps!!!
More Alps!!!
I love the sun shining over the ci…
I love the sun shining over the c…
Inside the courtyard of the Rathau…
Inside the courtyard of the Ratha…
Sun setting
Sun setting
More sun setting
More sun setting
Sunset yet again
Sunset yet again
Sunset remix
Sunset remix
The Christmas Market from up above
The Christmas Market from up above
Playing with the camera-- yet anot…
Playing with the camera-- yet ano…
The Munich Christmas tree by a nea…
The Munich Christmas tree by a ne…
Happy
Happy
One of the more elaborate Christma…
One of the more elaborate Christm…
One of my favorite sneaky pictures…
One of my favorite sneaky picture…
The Rathaus at night
The Rathaus at night
ditto
ditto
There were these huge plastic pola…
There were these huge plastic pol…
Humphrey Bogart pool stick holder …
Humphrey Bogart pool stick holder…
ACHTUNG! 
Ha, oh dear...
ACHTUNG! Ha, oh dear...
Munich
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