Germany's Unexpected Gregariousness
Trip Start Mar 01, 2012
26Trip End Apr 30, 2012
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After a 1 pm to 12 pm travel day--four trains and one metro later--we finally arrive at our place where I am asked to fill out a form with various questions on it. As my dazed and confused self goes through all the questions with Bridget and the hotel manager staring at me, it is inevitable that there would be a couple of mistakes
Bridge and I sleep like bears so we start the day a little later than intended.. After finally getting out of the hotel, we bounce down to the local bakery that was fanning bread pheromones up through my window all morning.. We buy a sandwich big enough to feed a village and then head off to the most historic medieval town in the country--Rothensburg!!
I would definitely identify this place as a town where knights cheered their german beers after a success victory and where people who inhabit the town have never seen beyond the towering walls (which visitors can actually walk along to peer in, very cool). Apparently, during christmas, this town is as picturesque as you can get. Shops and little boutiques were still sporting Christmas goods (its late march mind you), making even Bridget and I consider the travel to Germany for a couple of days in December a worthwhile travel. It was a perfect town to start our German excursion, and an even better place to try my first German beer, cheers!
After our perfect day in the medieval town, Bridget and I are feeling content and apparently overfriendly, because somehow we managed to talk our way into grabbing a couple drinks at the famous Munich beer Garden Haufbraushouse with the train conductor--the image still seems a little fuzzy to me to, hard to picture
Today is the day when the line between reality and dreams faded, a result that is bound to be expected after visiting two of the most beautiful castles in Europe, one of which being the sole inspiration for the castle in the opening Disney movie credits.
We trained to Fussen, the town right below the castle-filled mountain, grabbed a cheap and delicious bite to eat at the local indoor market where we grabbed 4-7 handfuls of the "free sample"…. If asked to stop, I was ready to lie that it was an American Rule of Conduct to take multiple samples--always a good go to I think.
After a quick bus ride, we walk our way up the steps to Lord Ludwigs boyhood home (castle #1), take some snap shots, and then make our way up the 45 degree incline to Ludwig's personal creation that he started planning when he was young (castle #2--Disney's inspiration)
To end our stay in Germany, we decided to leave on a more serious note by visiting the concentration camp, Dachau. On the way we met a english teacher that asked us how to properly say "Which person has a better reason to hurt someone else?" There was a situation where a girl and her friend were getting in a fight over someone else, and the way she was teaching english to the 2nd graders was by posing the questions and forcing them to translate
Once we get the concentration camp, the day changes and evolves into something that cannot be explained. Both Bridget and I planned on only staying for 1 hour and then coming back to Munich to tour around the city a little… Three hours after stopping at every point of interest identified on the Audio guide, we quickly walk out of the borders speechless and ready for a change of scenery. It was a great experience that left a memorable impression.
We get back to the main station before our train and I have my first wiener with fries and ketchup…I am happily a carnivore now--sorry PITA