December 13th, 2006 – by: Maureenie
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. Itâ€™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 itâ€™s funny,
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 didnâ€™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 youâ€™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 â€śvacationâ€ť experiences.
Nathan eating delicious mandelns
We decided to
see some sort of music thing in the evening since it seemed like
something weâ€™d both enjoy, and the only thing we could really find that
wasnâ€™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 weâ€™re poor, but it wasnâ€™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
The whole situation was kind of funny, really, especially since
I donâ€™t know any German. For you opera virgins, they usually translate
whatâ€™s being sung on a screen above the stage so you know whatâ€™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 â€śHolla!â€ť 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 donâ€™t know if I like the
idea of opera as a medium of performance. It doesnâ€™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, â€śThis is what people used to do hundreds of years
ago for fun.â€ť Then we walked back through the cold Munich air to the
hostel and went to sleep early. Lots of walking makes you really tired!