June 1, 2010

It was a nice six hour train ride from Germany to Munich, but we started this city off right, coming to town the day after their soccer team won a game. We dropped off our bags at the hostel and went out to see the Glockenspiel before dinner. When we got there, there was a massive crowd and music blaring (I’ve had Sweet Caroline stuck in my head for days because of this). They had some things about the game playing on a projector screen and the place was going crazy. We stopped to take some pictures and take in the atmosphere before wading our way through the crowd.

We made our way over to the Hofbrauhaus, which is a famous beer hall. The waitresses were all dressed up, cleavage-a-showing, the traditional band was playing drinking songs, and we ate some great food. I ordered the roasted half-chicken with a side of bread, which Bennett and I split.

On our way back to the hostel, Bennett, Caleb, and I found this awesome arcade-like game where a punching bag swung down and you could punch it to see how hard you punched. Bennett was the clear leader of the three, with a score in the 940’s, I got in the low 800’s and Caleb couldn’t get past 500 (he redeemed himself and hit 900 a few nights later). We had some more döner kebaps over the few days we were there.

The second day we were staying in Munich, we went to Neuschwanstein Castle, which is the one that the Disney castle is based off of. There was a smaller castle nearby it that we went to right before, but I can’t remember its name right now. The second day we went to Dachau, the concentration camp outside Munich.

We met up one of Bennett’s friends after getting back from Dachau (she was an exchange student his senior year and lives just outside Munich). We hung out at the park and watched some people play soccer before walking through most of the park. We saw some people surfing on the river, which is definitely the highlight of my trip so far.


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