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Its raining, raining...

So this past weekend, a group of 14 of us went to Munich, Germany!  It was kinda a last minute decision on my part...like maybe three days before we left?!  We traveled on an overnight train from Florence-Munich on Thursday night and got to Munich around 7 am.  I was really excited to go to Germany because I wanted to practice my German and also see a new country that I haven't been to before.  The train ride was a little loud and noisy so I didn't really that good of sleep.  We had some breakfast at the train station and left our bags in the lockers.  The train station was probably the nicest one that I've been to so far.  We headed out to Oktoberfest after breakfast and it took us about 20 minutes or so to find it.

Krystie's wearing a rodent on her head
  It was a pretty rainy day and I left my umbrella at the train station so I had to share with Camille :)  We waited with a pretty large crowd to get into one of the tents.  We spent the morning in a few of the tents and the crowds started to show up.  I ate some delicious (!) bratwurst throughout the day and it was a nice break from all the pasta I've been eating.  In the afternoon, some of us went on some rides, one of which I thought was going to kill me because it was so crazy!  We went back to our hotel in the afternoon to shower and rest for a bit before heading back in the night.  The atmosphere at Oktoberfest was sort of similar to a fair in that there's lots of food, rides and stuff to buy.
Shaun dropped his bratwurst!
  The night crowd was definitely a little rowdier than during the day, but that's probably to be expected.  It was a lot more crowded during the night so we didn't get into any of the tents, but we got a seat at an outside patio.  It was a pretty long day, but it felt like we had been in Germany for a long time already. 

On Saturday, we went to the Dachau concentration in the morning.  It was a very haunting experience being in that environment.  There was a museum that went into great detail about the war and the various concentration camps.  There was a large section of empty lots where they conducted experiments on the prisoners.  They had three memorial churches, one Baptist, Catholic and Jewish.

Mmmm Bratwurst!
  The most disturbing area for me was the crematorium which walked you through the process of how they killed the prisoners.  It took you through the disrobing room and the fake "showers" where they were poisoned.  Even though you might know of the techniques they used to kill them, it's so much more realistic being in the actual rooms.  After our time at the concentration camp, I went with Shaun, Krystie, Veronica, Kevin and Joey to walk around the downtown Munich area.  There were a lot of shops along the main street that led to the Rathaus (city hall) and the Marienplatz.  I bought some souvenirs including a 12 euro jacket that's pretty nice.  It was here that I realized I was missing my credit card!  I had left it at the hotel in the morning so I went back to get it.
  Luckly, they had it still!  I met back up with my group and we had some dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.  (I had an ice cream sundae)  We met back up with the others at the train station.  By the way, the metro system in Germany was really easy to use (probably the easiest of any country so far) and their trains were very modern.  We got out night train back out that night and we were back to Italy by 7am Sunday morning. 

Now unfortunately, I had a little problem on this trip..meaning my camera got left on the train.  Without going into too much detail, it probably fell out of a bag that was on the floor of our cabin.  I was definitely depressed about it for most of Sunday.  So, I will rely on my friends for pictures from now on, so I'll have lots of options to choose from.

In other new, my travel plans have been finalized for our week break from school.  Next week, the whole school is going on a field trip to Venice from the 16th-19th.  Then on Friday, a group of us is flying to Athens, Greece and staying there for two days.  Then we're going to an island called Santorini for two days. (supposed to be one of the most beautiful in Greece)  Early Wednesday morning, we're flying to Cairo, Egypt and staying until Sunday morning.  I'm so excited for this trip!  I've always wanted to go to Egypt and we've got this great tour that picks us up from the airport and takes us to sites during the four days.  We're obviously going to the pyramids and the Sphinx.  We're also camel riding and taking a sunset felucca (Egyptian sailboat) ride on one of the nights.  The prices in Egypt are really cheap! 1 US dollar=5.65 Egyptian pounds, so we'll be living like kings for once this trip!!  Well, not sure how much internet I'll have while I'm gone, but hopefully I will be able to keep everyone up-to-date.  Well, this weekend we're going to a chocolate festival in Perusia so that should be delicious!!  See ya then

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Its raining, raining...
Its raining, raining...
Krysties wearing a rodent on her …
Krystie's wearing a rodent on her…
Shaun dropped his bratwurst!
Shaun dropped his bratwurst!
Mmmm Bratwurst!
Mmmm Bratwurst!
Inside one of the tents
Inside one of the tents
The train station at Munich
The train station at Munich
To Oktoberfest!
To Oktoberfest!
Welcome
Welcome
McDonalds for breakfast...
McDonalds for breakfast...
This ride was fun...
This ride was fun...
Kevin and Joey
Kevin and Joey
Veronicas spareribs for 9.99
Veronica's spareribs for 9.99
Bus stop for Dachau
Bus stop for Dachau
Dachau concentration camp
Dachau concentration camp
Abstract art memorial
Abstract art memorial
The beds at the concentration camp
The beds at the concentration camp
The crematorium
The crematorium
The showers
The "showers"
Munich
photo by: AleksandraEa