The day in Munich (Munchen) and Dachau

Trip Start Sep 18, 2007
Trip End Oct 11, 2007

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Sunday September 30 - We got up early and went down for breakfast to find a complimentary breakfast spread unlike anything we have ever had before, and it was excellent.  If we continue to eat like this, I think we will move over here.  We never get anything like this back in the U.S.; but then I guess we have free toilets - and lots of them.  Somehow it doesn't seem like much of a trade off however.  I should be able to make a fortune when I develop a European Toilet Location guide for tourists complete with entry fees.  The most I have had to pay to go pee so far is $1.05 usd.  Heck if the dollar continues to keep going down, tomorrow it may cost $1.25 usd.  We are practicing our kegels!

After breakfast, we headed out to the train station.  We walked a few miles, and then walked back again (a few miles) and found that we should have made a left a couple of blocks from the hotel.  We hadn't even gotten on the train yet and I was already pooped and had sore feet.  These surely must be signs that we should look for the nearest beer garden.  We rode the train to Dachau and went to see the concentration camp; something I think every living person should do.  It will help your perspective on life although it will leave you with a very hollow feeling about how cruel and inhumane people can be toward humanity.  Life as we presently know it should not be taken for granted.  We left Dachau and got off the train in downtown Munich and took a bus tour around old Munich, which was ok but nothing special.  I find Italy to be a bit more fascinating from an architectural standpoint.  But than the history and structures are from such a different era it really is not to be compared with what we see here in Munich.  The buildings and architecture here are equally impressive but quite different.  After the tour we did walk to the Hofbrauhaus and stopped in for a beer and a pretzel.  This was great fun; what a party place and what great beer.  Boy I would like to live in Munich - they do have good beer here!  Sue limited me to one beer while we stopped here, so I ordered the 1.5 liter mug.  Ha, there is always more than one way to skin a cat as the saying goes.  Since it was getting late, we headed for the train and went back to Erding.  We got back to the hotel and Sue went to bed so I went down to the bar to test out some of the Erding brew and update my notes of the day.  The weather is much cooler here than it was in Italy, but is quite comfortable.  The Alps had some snow today, but hopefully it will all be gone when we ride up there next week.  I am hoping we will get to see some of the cows being brought down from the mountain pastures all dressed in their bells and garb.  However, I think we will be just a little late to see that. 

Our trip thus far has gone quite smooth.  In comparison to other couples we met it has gone fantastic.  We ran into these two couples that were traveling Europe for a month.  Roughly 3 days into the trip the wife of one of the couples lost all of their credit cards (husband didn't carry any) and they had no contingency plan.  So they were living off the other couple that was traveling with them.  What idiots; I don't know why they didn't each carry credit cards and each have at least one different one. Oh well.  We also met a couple that had made their hotel reservations for the wrong dates and found that there were no rooms at all in the city for the night they were there.  Others had gotten on the train and went the wrong direction, they wanted to go to Rome and they ended up in Venice, duh, maybe they need an optician.  Even though these things sound pretty crummy, they are really no big deal.  Common sense and heeding signs may not seem like all that big of a deal, but for one couple while we were in Italy, at San Vincenzo, it sure was.  The waves were rough and there were signs to stay off the rocks, yet a fairly young tourist (USA) couple went out on the rocks and a huge wave swept them in to the ocean and smashed them into the rocks - the wife drowned.  The husband was pulled out to safety, the wife had to be retrieved by helicopter.   Sad and tragic day.

The Gypsies and pickpockets so far have been low and not a problem for us.  Others have not had such good luck, but than when anybody gets two close to me and swear at them loudly in English, Italian and German.  I do get a lot of funny looks, but it seems to keep everyone away.  The bad part is that Sue doesn't want to stand close to me either. 

Well Auf Wiedersehen folks, tomorrow we are off to Oktoberfest.  They have Big beer tents there and lots of beer.  The beer tents will serve 6.3 million liters of beer during the Oktoberfest event, and I am hoping to help keep that number up.
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