Munich (Munchen, Barvaria)

Trip Start Jun 18, 2007
Trip End Nov 14, 2007

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Friday, August 31, 2007

Not a good start! Just as an aside - small children and their unskilled parents should not be allowed onto planes, and certainly not into business class! Whilst sitting in the lounge in New York, a couple with two (sounded more like five) young children walked in. Without a word of a lie they screamed the entire time (4 hours) that we sat in the lounge waiting for our delayed flight. Worse was to come, as we realised with horror that they were getting onto our plane! OMG a 9 hour flight with 3 hours of quite, I guess we should be grateful for the 3 hours. (Where were you mum, we could have used your skill!)
Munich Germany, (Munchen, Deutchland) As we fly in over the German country side I remember how beautiful and organised everything looks. It's like a patchwork of farmland with neat and tidy towns and cities placed in perfect position amongst it.
There are many good things about Munich and Germany, it has an extremely well integrated public transport system with U underground/subway, S rail, H Trams, and B buses. It's really easy to get around, and the parks in the city including the English Garden (which is huge), are amazing. You can walk from one end of the city to the other without walking on a road.      
Ok that's the good bits! What is annoying about Munich and Germany - they still smoke everywhere... and I mean everywhere... inside, outside, it's disgusting. They are not a very friendly bunch and could learn a lot from Canadians and Americans. Then there is the cost of everything - they use the Euro as do all EU countries, but to give you an idea, if you pay $3.95 for a Coffee in OZ then it will be E4.99=$7.00 here in Munich. It hurts every time you buy anything here. Oh! And when you have finished drinking your coffee, you will have to PAY to Pee!!! It costs to go to the toilet here.... OMG
Now for those of you who know me well - you will know that I dislike MacDonald's (or as I call them Yuk-donald's) But I am tempted to write to the GM of MacDonald's thanking him personally for bringing them to Germany. You can buy something other than fatty cheese and sausage meat with bread..... and that's saying something hehehehe you will also not pay a fortune for it, you can eat in a smoke free environment, and best of can PEE for FREE!!!!!!!!! Praise the Lord for MacDonald's and Starbucks!!!!!   
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zoolook69 on

Free 2 Pee
The toilets are free here to - though you really need to get used to the fact the most public urinals have no doors = it\s all about how close you can manage to learn to the wall without actually falling into the trough!

Don't panic though guys - there are plenty of nice watering holes to use in cafes and dept stores.

~ Paul

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