Munich - Home Of October Fest.

Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
Trip End Dec 31, 2020

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Next stop Munich and a private room! We stay in hostels in shared accommodation quite often to save money so when we get one we do appreciate our private room. It is in a hostel which funnily enough is called 'Wombats'. The story behind it is a couple of Germans who travelled extensively in Australia met a fellow who had quite a few wombats as pets and he was going to open a hostel in Oz called wombats. He died soon after they met him and when they got back to Germany they followed through with his idea and opened hostels in Vienna and Munich. We booked a pub crawl for the first night and had a wonderful time seeing some beer halls.

An amazing spectacle presented itself in the English gardens the next day where we found surfers in full wet suit gear and Aussie surfboards, surfing a back to front wave created on a canal. It had to be seen to be believed but there is a photo attached to give you an idea.

Another important visit we did from Munich was to Dachu concentration camp. This camp was quite different to Auschwitz in that it was the first created back in the 30's and initially housed political prisoners (those that opposed the Third Reicht). It developed into a work camp then a transfer place for those on their way to death at Auschwitz. These camps are such disturbing and moving places to visit and this time I took no photos. There is a saying that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it and it is alarming that even while we were in Munich, there was a march by the young neo nazis to celebrate Rudolph Heiss's birthday.

Next Move on to Venice via the Tyrol region of Austria.
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