28TH JULY 2010 - After breakfast at the hostel we went for a free walking tour. We met our guide in the lobby at 11am. We walked around the city for about 3 hours checking out all the major spots. This guide was an American dude and he could talk faster than a speeding bullet. My concentration span wasn’t working today so I zoned out for most of it while Troy was listening to him go on and on. A few things I did pick up on apart from some history is that you pay taxes to have a dog here so that is why they take them everywhere. The only places they aren’t allowed to take their dogs is in a chemist and hospital. We even come across little parking signs where you can tie up your dog in front of the chemist, no wonder they take them everywhere. You get some money back for every beer bottle you return so that is why you see holes in the ground so you can stick your empty beer bottle in the ground for someone to collect. Also only tourists drink those very large steins of beer and that is how a local can tell you are a tourist. Locals drink smaller ones for good reasons because they are quicker to drink so they don’t get warm and go off and flat.
We stopped for lunch and had a sausage sandwich and beer and coke light. After the tour we walked around town for a few hours and then headed back to our hostel. We chilled out for a while and then headed out for dinner at an Italian cafe/takeaway joint that had great slices of pizza. We ate in and had pizza, salad and drink for 6 euro and the pizza was really good, better than some we had in Italy.
29TH JULY 2010 - We went down the street to get something for our late breakfast and we found ALDI, yipppee we finally found a real Aldi store, Troy was very happy
. We walked in and its exactly the same set up as home but seems cheaper. Mary needed face cream so we bought a small jar of it hoping its the right stuff as we couldn’t understand German. I was guessing that I bought day cream and not night cream but wasn’t sure what skin type it was. So when we get to the counter I ask the lady behind me “do you speak English”, her response was “Of course” in a bit of a cocky way and yep I felt stupid for asking but I thought I would be polite and ask instead of just assuming every German can speak English. I asked her if I had in my hand “day cream” for my face and she said Yes, its daycream and its for women with “older” skin like her and I said well that is me. She was quite nice but I felt just a bit crappy because I couldn’t speak a word of German but I was very grateful for her help. Well sometimes I wish I could speak every language in the world as two languages never feels enough for me. Anyway we bought milk, bread rolls, pastries, coke and chips, toothpaste (later noticed it smells like licorce, yuk) and daycream for old bags like me. Aldi here is also a travel agent as there are advertisements for holidays on the windows, cool. We then went for a walk to check out the complex where they hold the world’s most famous piss up “Oktoberfest” which is held in September each year. For Mary memories of it all, the first place I ever drunk beer and way too much of it. We walked around the huge halls that were still getting built and there it was the Lowenbrau beer hall, the beer I drank 15 years ago. We went for a walk through the old city and had lunch and then went to the English gardens. These gardens weren’t very exciting. We sat down in a park and fed the swans and ducks with our not so nice Aldi chips. We walked back to our hostel through the old town, stopped to have hot sugar coated almonds which were quite sweet and I didn’t feel too good after eating them
. Its amazing just how many Arabian woman are here, we aren’t sure if they are all tourists or locals but they are everywhere. We chilled out for a while in our room and then headed down to the bar and then out for dinner at the same Italian restaurant, Troy had spaghetti and salad, Mary had creamy pasta with salad, yum!
We leave Germany tomorrow. We liked Munich more than Berlin and we think that from what we saw of Germany, it hasn’t been on top of our list as our favourite countries but it hasn’t been really bad.
We drove through some beautiful countryside and before we knew it we were in Germany. We arrived at Wombat’s hostel in Munich and we rescued Amy’s backpack (our guide) from been left in the middle of the road. We checked into our 6 bed dorm room. We relaxed for a while and then met our guide Amy and went out for dinner with a pretty large group of fellow travellers. We had dinner at a nearby restaurant, chicken and veges. It was fun to have a chat and a laugh with other travellers. Amy our guide is a really nice girl and we think she was one of the best guides. After dinner we went up the road to Augustiner beer garden. We had only one drink here and then caught a tram and went to Hofgarenhaus where we all sat in a crowded beer garden listening to german music and drinking steins of beer. The group of people we were with were fun to talk to especially this particular two guys, a gay couple from Perth, they were hilarious. We were both pretty tired and ended up leaving with Amy our guide back to the hostel. I had no idea how to get home