Chillin' in Munich

Trip Start Aug 23, 2005
Trip End Aug 2006

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

I was to Munich a month ago, so I figured it was time to write about it. :)

I went with the international theatre group from the uni (no, I do not act, I just get to see plays for unbeatable prices - 5 Euros a pop in Freiburg), so it was quite cheap... only 75 Euros for accommodation, the train there and back, and the two plays. A return trip to Munich (even with my 50% Bahncard discount) would have cost me 70 Euros.

To be honest, I probably could have done without the plays and still have felt like I had got my money's worth... although the pension where we stayed could have done with a few less creaks in the floor and a couple more showers (only one for our floor - about 20-25 people would have to share it if the hotel were full). Nevertheless, I still think that we got our money's worth, especially for a stay in downtown Munich near the train station, less than a 20 minute walk to the pretty Altstadt.

The first play we saw was LONG (about 3 hours) and was called 'Die Zehn Gebote.' The second was called Lulu Live! I think the theatre is interested in drawing a diverse crowd because Die Zehn Gebote translates into 'The Ten Commandments' and Lulu Live! ended up being, essentially, a live porn show... There were times during the play when my friend and I would turn to each other with raised eyebrows and mouths wide open, questioning the other if what we had seen had really happened on stage. I won't go into details, except for noting that the word 'geil' (having two meanings in German: 1. horny, awesome) was used in about every other sentence, and that the speaker usually meant for us to understand it in the first sense of the word. 'Nough said about that, though.

I have been to Munich a few times, so I didn't take many pictures of the Altstadt. Besides, everytime I took my camera out of its case, I had to be prepared to take off my mittens, exposing them to the bitter cold - it was actually the first time that it was cold enough to remind me of Canada. Oh, those good, cold, er old days. :)

Before we left on Sunday, my friend and I headed to Dachau, the concentration camp just outside Munich. Although I did not have a good time there, I am glad that I went. I felt very humbled after my visit. Although I had read about the concentration camps before, it really doesn't prepare you enough for actually being there and seeing everything. The museum was well-done with excellent translations into English. The only part with which I was disappointed was some of the other visitors. There was a large school group there (not English, German or French speakers, or I probably would have understood what they were yelling about) that went racing through the museum, talking loudly and generally showing disrespect for that which the place represented. They were certainly old enough to know better, especially considering the glares that I gave them, but alas my mean looks did not achieve the desired effect. Fortunately they were not there for too long and by the time I was half-way through the museum, they had left.

So, that was my weekend in Munich. It was cold, somewhat shocking and not always pleasant, but it was a good, 'guenstig' trip regardless.

I am now done my first semester here in Freiburg and have a two month break. I still have one essay to write (in German), but it is not due until the end of April - they are quite lax with the due dates here. My next two months will be quite busy - I think that I will be in Freiburg for maybe ten days altogether until school starts back up on April 24.

Next Friday 3. Josh and I leave for Rome. We get back on the 8 and then my parents arrive on March 10. We will travel with them a bit, sending them up north to visit relatives while we visit Kassel, Erfurt and Weimar, and then we will all meet up again in Munich, coming back to Freiburg on the 18. They fly back on the 20 and then on the 22 I head to Frankfurt for a five-day Berlitz Kids camp counselor training and first-aid stint so that I can teach English in the Black Forest area during April. But before that, Josh's parents come on the 26 when I get back from Frankfurt. The following day, we leave for our southern Germany/Austria trip with stops in Ulm, Fuessen, Salzburg and Regensburg. We arrive back in Freiburg on the 3rd of April (I think) and they fly back to Canada on the 4th. On the 9th of April, I leave to do my camp stuff in Schoemberg (at a horse camp no less!) until April 23. Phew. The semester will begin again before I know it and then I'll only have three months left in Germany.

Until next time,
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