More beer and brats

Trip Start Jan 19, 2007
Trip End Jul 03, 2007

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Tuesday, June 26, 2007

(S) Our last trip to Germany this go-round. Of course nothing is easy, which was proven when Chad took the sweet rental Yaris back to the airport and I was left at the Etap hotel. And was kicked out. Germans take the whole "check out time" a lot more seriously than our southern European friends. Packing and hauling both our packs out to the lobby in five minutes was a real treat. But, as always, our luck held out, Chad returned alive from the airport and we got on a train into town.

We toured the Deutsches Museum which was super interesting, even if all the descriptions were in German...should have really taken more than that one class sophomore year at ol BHS.

Our happy day ended on the train to France. And I mean our happy ended. We were in a compartment with possibly the angriest French woman I have ever encountered. Her husband was nice and luckily the compartment next to ours was empty for half of the trip. My travel partner and I sat in there, drinking wine, eating train station candy, and playing chess. Sadly, we had to return to our compartment, which we shared with four of our new closest friends. Yes, folks - 6 people in a tiny couchette. With no AC - and an angry snoring French woman. Ahhhh....the glories of travel :)

(C) Munich was nice this time around, but not as fun as the first trip through the biergartens.  We had a really nice dinner at the Bachmaier Hofbrau Restaurant in Schwabing.  We ate there with Karl too.  When you find one you like...  The next day, we did have a giant fight with the Etap people.  I can't believe how really rude they were.  We had ALL our stuff that Sara had to haul into the lobby and then they told her to get her stuff out of there because they had to clean.  DO NOT STAY AT THE ETAP IN GARCHING.

Then, we did go to the Deutches Museum which is an awesome place, but really, understanding German would have helped so much in understanding the Nuclear Physics exhibits.  I could push the buttons and make things move around, but I had NO IDEA what I was looking at.  DM, consider either offering English translations or audio guides.  It would make it so much more enjoyable for the rest of the world.

Finally, this trip reminded me why we drove around most of Europe, instead of taking the night trains.  Yes, we were lucky we had the empty compartment for half the night, and that we had candy and wine, but the sleeping part was painful.  Lucky we were on the bottom as there was very little a/c in the compartment.  Paris couldn't come soon enough. 
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