A true meandering through the city

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On a quest for a new warm hat... Munich has unicorns.
I find it hilarious that we will wake up early just so we can get two free pieces of toast and a free cup of tea. It’s not in any way, shape, or form a fulfilling breakfast, but because it is free, and we have no money, it becomes the obvious thing to do. I still think it’s funny, though.

We had planned on catching the walking tour that was supposed to leave from the hostel that morning, but lost track of time with our precious toast and missed it. The lady at the front desk said that we had just missed it and that we could probably catch up with the group down the street. So, we ran down towards Marianplatz looking for a group of American-ish looking kids, but didn’t find them. We decided we would just go explore the city ourselves instead.
The Rathaus, again
After picking up some more leberkase semmel, we watching the glockenspeil, which is in the Rathaus. When the clock strikes noon, these life size (I think) toy people dance around and there are old bells ringing. They are really out of tune, but it was pretty neat, especially when the spinning guys came out. It went on for a pretty long time. Then we just started walking around. It was glorious. THIS is true traveling... having the freedom to wander around somewhere you’ve never been with absolutely no expectations and no schedule. We found some statues, and the Isar River, and this super cool government building that we tried (unsuccessfully) to sneak into. It was really nice to explore in this way, and made me realize that after being in Europe so long, this was one of my only TRUE “vacation” experiences.
Nathan eating delicious mandelns


We decided to see some sort of music thing in the evening since it seemed like something we’d both enjoy, and the only thing we could really find that wasn’t a bajillion euros was standing room tickets for the opera of Hansel and Gretel. The opera was an all around fantastic experience. I had actually never been to an opera before, let alone one in a foreign country. We had to get standing room seats because we’re poor, but it wasn’t that bad because we had a bar to lean on and could still see the whole stage. The theatre reminded me a bit of the Royal Opera House in England and was very beautiful. There were a bunch of little kids sitting around us, and they were very antsy during the whole show, which I laughed at a lot.
The Glockenspeil!
The whole situation was kind of funny, really, especially since I don’t know any German. For you opera virgins, they usually translate what’s being sung on a screen above the stage so you know what’s going on. However, since the opera is in German, and it was playing in Germany, the subtitles were also in German. I knew the basic story line, but Nathan had to keep whispering to me what was going on. One of my favorite moments was when someone sung “Holla!” That cracked me up. Also, Hansel and Gretel were both clearly women, and the witch was clearly an older man. Strange. During intermission I made us get two dessert-y things since we only paid four euro for tickets. That rocked. I have such a bad sweet tooth. Anyway, the opera was really fun, and the singing was really good, even though I don’t know if I like the idea of opera as a medium of performance. It doesn’t really speak to people as much as it may have before. Like when I went to see the ballet, though, I got a strong sense of history when watching it, and being able to think, “This is what people used to do hundreds of years ago for fun.” Then we walked back through the cold Munich air to the hostel and went to sleep early. Lots of walking makes you really tired!
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On a quest for a new warm hat... M…
On a quest for a new warm hat... …
The Rathaus, again
The Rathaus, again
Nathan eating delicious mandelns
Nathan eating delicious mandelns
The Glockenspeil!
The Glockenspeil!
Loving this lebekase
Loving this lebekase
More lebekase love
More lebekase love
Leberkase encore
Leberkase encore
Sneaking into the inside of the Ra…
Sneaking into the inside of the R…
Statue friends
Statue friends
Fun times
Fun times
Hes being the lion, not hiding.
He's being the lion, not hiding.
I thought this was a little like s…
I thought this was a little like …
The Isar River
The Isar River
Awesome building by the river
Awesome building by the river
Hanging out by the river
Hanging out by the river
Hooray for sun
Hooray for sun
A closer look at the government bu…
A closer look at the government b…
A pretty church form far away
A pretty church form far away
The Isar again... I like this one.
The Isar again... I like this one.
The Opera House where we saw the o…
The Opera House where we saw the …
Neat lights
Neat lights
A better picture, by Nathan
A better picture, by Nathan
A REAAAAAAALLLY beautiful church
A REAAAAAAALLLY beautiful church
A fuzzy photo of Christmas trees s…
A fuzzy photo of Christmas trees …
Inside of the church... come on, i…
Inside of the church... come on, …
AHHHH, SO PRETTY.....
AHHHH, SO PRETTY.....
Hahaha, Nathan and I have just fin…
Hahaha, Nathan and I have just fi…
The Munich opera house from our 4 …
The Munich opera house from our 4…
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