Hefeweisen and Hitler: The good and the bad
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I'm in Germany! I've heard this country is beautiful, and I'm excited to finally be here. This morning I got in about 7 AM, with absolutely no idea where I was going to stay. Walking into the station I saw loads of food stands, immediately reminding me of how hungry I was, but first plan of attack was finding somewhere to get this pack of my back. Looking at the exit of the station I noticed a big sign pointing to the right and offering accomodation at the Meininger Hotel/Hostel. Sweet! This should be easy-I'd stayed at one of their locations in Vienna and remembered it being nice, clean, and comfy with the all important Wi-Fi connection.
With a mission, I started towards it, only to end up stopping at another hostel along the way, which ended up being cheaper than their advertized price.
Searching the faces of English speakers in my tour group, it took me about 10 minutes to break my way into a group and make friends. Most of them were from Arizona, and over lunch after the tour I found out that one of them, Matt, knows Bilte from one of his Urban Planning classes back at ASU.
When there was an uprising against Hitler, he had been going down the street with 2,000 men and the resistance and police saw them coming and made a blockade. There ended up being gunfire for a good while and Hitler's bodyguard took 11 shots for him, saving his life.
There is a second memorial to the people who walked around the building to avoid making this salute and showing support. Nazi guards soon caught on and counted the number of times people made this detour, and if they got to a certain number they would once again beat them into submission.
After dinner came the second tour of the day, which is two more tours than I normally do, especially on so little sleep, but there was no was I could miss doing the beer challenge! Andrew was nice enough to lend me his second jacket as we didn't have enough time to get back to my hostel for me to layer up, and we met up with our Irish guide who, after giving us all our first free beer, took us to three pubs and the Octoberfest Muesum. The beer here is delicious, with the Hefeweizen definitely being my favorite-I think it even rivals my love to Belgian White beers.
At the end of the night there was a proposal. And no, it wasn't a proposal to go get more beer after the tour. It was actually a marraige proposal. In a hostel bar! Unless I randomly end up meeting the love of my life in an epic night at a hostel somewhere, I sure hope whoever I end up with finds somewhere classier to propose than drunk and in a bar with 25 strangers! With promises to meet up the next morning for the Neuschwanstein Castle tour we all parted ways and I drifted into a happy sleep, excited to see Walt Disney's inspiration the next day.