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Thursday, July 7, 2005

July 8, 2005 Munich

This update is a month overdue! We have been so busy. Hopefully my memory is sharp enough to remember that far back.

We stayed with Eric, Kirsten, and their daughter Vivian for about a week and a half.

Munich is a great city. It is bike friendly (although we didn't ride bikes) and the public transportation is fantastic. The people love to be outdoors and the many biergardens are quite pleasant. When much of downtown was destroyed in WW2 they rebuilt it using the old blueprints so it looks like an old city. Dave enjoyed the food - sausages and beer by the liter! Kim doesn't like sausage or beer so she was less impressed with the cuisine. However, like any large city Munich has plenty of food options and we had a Thai meal that rivaled any Thai food we had ever had.

The highlight of our trip was the Deutsches Museum. It's the best science museum that I've seen, including the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the San Francisco Exploratorium, and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. The museum was enormous and covered all sciences and technology. It had many interactive displays. The math area had a moebius strip and physical puzzles. The computer area had working computers from the late 1960's. The medical area had a pulse rate monitor and a bionic arm. The Einstein area had a laser interferometer. The masonry area actually made bricks from clay. The telecommunications area had a phone where you could dial an area code and visually see how charges are calculated. The chemistry area was the scariest. It had scores of experiments behind glass where you could mix various chemicals to produces various results (explosions, clouds of gas, etc). We went to the museum so many times that we bought a season membership. Even still we saw less than 20% of the exhibits.

We did some of the "must see" things in Munich. We went to the Englisher Garden which is a huge park with an artificial river running through it. We went to Viktualienmarkt which is a huge outdoor market that sells just about any food item imaginable except cheddar cheese which seems to be unknown in Europe despite Monty Python claim that "It's the single most popular cheese in the world". We walked down the pedestrian area downtown with lots of good people watching and cheap fruit stands.

We did some less touristy things too. One night Eric and I saw War of the Worlds in an English theater. We made Indian food twice for which Eric and Kirsten made yummy noises. We met some of their friends and played Settlers of Catan.
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