Trip Start Feb 10, 2011
9Trip End Jul 01, 2011
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Sorry this is EXTREMELY LATE! I went on two trips in one week then got the sickness from hell. Ear infection, throat infection, and upper-respiratory infection all at once pretty much knocked me off my feet for a couple days. But now I am heavily medicated on all sorts of weird powders and drops that the Czech doctor gave me that I'm pretty sure are from 1889. He gave me a leech too, but I got attached and didn't want HIM to get an upper-respiratory infection.
Munich! Munich was awesome. We arrived by Student Agency Bus at about 1:30 pm on Friday (which, by the way means we left Brno at 5 am, which means I woke up at 3:30 am uuunh) to gorgeous weather, and a very confusing bus system
After a long day of travel and a lovely afternoon in the park, we decided to have a quiet night in. NOT. It was time for the Hofbrauhaus! Hofbrauhaus was founded in 1589 (yes, that's right, it's older than America) and is undoubtedly the most famous beer hall in Munich. Walking in to the Hofbrauhaus for the first time is quite an experience...there is a lot to take in all at once. For starters, this place is HUGE. Twenty-foot ceilings, enough seating for at least 200 people, dozens of long, cedar plank tables, men in lederhosen and women hawking pretzels bigger than my face all set to a live band of traditional German musicians. The beer is another story...one liter beer steins so full you can barely lift them. And they are strong, let me tell you. I ended up dancing my butt off to the traditional German music, something I probably could not have done pre-liter of beer.
The next day we somehow got ourselves out of bed to go on a walking tour of the city
The whole trip would have been worth it just for Sunday, though. We went to the Dachau, the first concentration camp in Germany, and the prototype for all other Nazi concentration camps. I had never been to a former concentration camp before, and I had no idea what to expect. Dachau was very bleak. They definitely did not try to make it pretty or nice...besides a few plaques and memorials, it was very true to how it looked when it was a functioning work camp. We purchased the audio tour so we could listen to historians and holocaust survivors talk about the camp as we walked around. I found that sometimes, while walking around the camp, I would step in a certain spot and just be overtaken by chills. It was hard to be there at some points, but I think it is something everyone must see. As painful as it is, it is important to confront the darkest parts of history to ensure that it never happens again. We stayed for about three hours, at which point we were all mentally and emotionally exhausted and had to leave. Honestly, you can probably get more from the pictures I took then from what I am writing about it.
Germany was an amazing experience, and I really want to go back soon! Thanks to my six partners-in-crime who went with me and made the trip awesome.
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