Churches and Germknudels

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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With Julia from CS

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, March 11, 2010

We slept in this morning again until mid-day, it must sound like we are having such a holiday! We went to check Nina didn't have a parking fine yet, and on the way got lost. Navigating our way through the train system went well enough but when we got up onto the streets we took many wrong turns - that in the end turned out to not be so wrong because we ended up at a lovely little farmers market. We bought some cheeses, some delicious homemade pestos and a mustard sauce, some herb and spice mixtures, a bottle of juice and a sausage each for lunch. Then we made another attempt to find Nina, this time, successful. All day it had been snowing quite hard so she was covered in snow, it was piled up six inches thick in most places. The snow helped hide her a bit too which was good I think, no fine yet.

Afterwards we went to the city centre (Marienplatz) where we were yesterday also, and spent the afternoon looking for a church Yuki and Julia had told us about where it was possible to go up into the spire and look out over Munich. We didn't find a spire to climb up into but we did go into quite a few very nice churches in the search. We were in one and went down into this low part under the main alter. It was like a little chapel under the church, it was rather spooky. My feeling for the eeriness of the place turned out to be worthwhile -- Felix, who was reading the writing carved into the wall, started telling me "Hey, I think 'so and so' is buried in this wall." Just as he said it the lights started to turn off one by one, I ran out pretty fast. A few minutes later we realised they were kicking out all the tourists for a service, hence the reason for turning out the lights. We read that it was in this same church that the Devil is said to have come, just after the construction was finished but before the ceremony where it becomes a holy place. From where he stood between the front entrance and the main choir, he could not see a single window, so he began to laugh saying "What good is a building with no windows?" He then moved and saw that there were many windows, realising he was now the loser, he stamped the stone floor so hard in anger he left a boot print there, his spur also leaving a mark. So that's the story behind a boot print in the floor of this church.

We learnt how to cook Germknudel with Julia tonight, so she had given us a very cryptic shopping list with a map of the supermarket so we could collect the ingredients during the day. Usually when we go into a supermarket, we just wander around and choose things we like. It was funny and challenging to search for not-so-common things like yeast and custard powder.

Our cooking night turned out to be a really nice event. Another Couch Surfer (Andreas) and two of Julia's friends Liviu and Lars, came for dinner too. Germknudel is a steamed yeast dumpling, served with custard (what Julia called vanilla sauce, so had sent us after vanilla powder) or butter and jam. They were very good - and so filling, one and I was bursting! Felix started talking with Liviu and they didn't stop for a single breath for hours. I think Felix has found his doppelganger, in character and interests. They both have a passion for motorbikes, riding and repairing them, electronics, computers, technology, and repairing of old "broken" things. They got on like a house on fire. They would start talking in a normal tone and build and build until they were almost yelling with excitement about some motorbike or something. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly Felix can make friends with someone, the only time I come close to being that friendly is when I'm drunk. Liviu so kindly offered us many things he could give or sell us that would be useful for our trip, it was so wonderful, he is the first person who has been genuinely positive and excited about our idea and not told us that we're crazy and our dodgy Russian bike is going to fall to bits. Felix seems to have quite talent for finding very kind and generous people.
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Maria on

Oh, you had me laughing out loud, Flossie!! So funny, how you wrote about Felix and Liviu hitting it off. And such poignant comments about yours and Flexi's different styles of making friends - so true!

Edwin and I have spent an hour or so this morning looking over some of our old photos from a few years back (picking out a few for our photo board) - mostly from Ramu days. Lots of Flexi at home with us, at Philip Island, flexing his muscles (but pretending not to!) for the photo, posing in jumper and undies in midwinter in the front drive of #58, etc. Made us reminisce about the 'good old Ramu days'. I've also been reflecting on how you two are very nice peas in a pod for each other...

On another note, it's great to be following your travels again - I'd been missing your blogs and photos, so great to see some again!

Lots of love, and keep the adventures coming :-)

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