So far So good...

Trip Start Feb 22, 2006
Trip End Apr 11, 2006

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Well, the trip has gotten off to a great start. It has been so rediculous how well things have been working out. From randomly finding Cory in Munich (and by random I mean he was in the Airport but I had already started to wander aimlessly)to having my journey to Blagovengrad work out well (I had no idea where to go when I arrived in thessoliniki). I ended up taking a bus from the airport only to have no idea where to go except that it ended up at the central bus station. Well, after 30 mins or so on the bus I realized that I may miss my chance to get into Blagovengrad. Then, as if by magic, a large building appeared surrounded by busses. I asked a greek guy if this was the "central station" to which after a few attempts at communication I just got off the bus. I wandered into the building to find several ticket booths! Horray! I waltzed up to the ticket booth and bought a ticket to Blagovengrad. Thinking it was strange that my "buss ticket" had a picture of a train on it, I went to the platform to inspect it. Low and behold a train sat there. But according to my watch I had another hour before I needed to leave. I decided, what the heck I'll get on the train anyways. LIttle did i know that my watch was 1 hour behind due to the hour change... so really I only had like 20 mins before the train left. So like i said... so far so good. Aside from being stoped several times for things like passport checks and customs the train ride was pretty uneventful. Jen and her friend Kim met me at the station, which was great as there is no way I would have figured out where to go!
Tomorrow, we leave for Keiv!

The past few days have been a kick. I spent a great deal of time in the beer houses that munich has to offer. Cory took me to the haufbren haus (spelling?) which is the site of the famous beer house of octoberfest! (and as a side note, it is also where hitler gave one of his key speeches during his reign...) My housing in munich was rather interesting. Interesting in that, I figured that tourism during this time of the year would be slow... but not that slow! It was a huge hostel, and of course they put me in the highest floor furthest from the main office (did someone call ahead to warn them about me?) Needless to say, I spent the better part of the 3 nights in the hostel in a room built for 10... all by myself! (actually it was pretty neat) The hostel was its very own ghost town. Saturday Cory and I went to Castel Norsweinstein (wow.. bad spelling) which is the one that was built by king lewdvig II (aka mad king lewdvig.. but mum's the word.) It is the castle that is modeled after disneyworld's castle. While impressive, the tour was pretty worthless. The massive hike up the hill was quite the cardiovascular drill. Once we reached the top.. of course.. it started snowing! Ah well, it looked pretty fantastic! Almost like a castle out of a fairy tale! At any rate, I had a great time in Munich and would like to see it during oktoberfest (maybe then I won't have to room alone my hostel!)

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mikie on

i have been there and liveed there trust me the magic never dies back in england thought to save some money will be back ther asap hopefully for good.

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