25.06.2011 - 25.06.2011 15 °C
The journey from Salzburg to Munich (Munchen!! HAHAHHA I think it is so funny!) was pleasant enough. We arrived far ahead of time and got on the train without incident. When we got to Munich we booked the remaining reservations needed for the train. Finding the hostel was very easy, we just walked for two minutes! Woohoo for easy to get around cities! We dropped our bags and went for a walk.
We ended up all the way down the very busy main shopping street here in Munich. Since it was Saturday it was absolutely full of people. Some guy even tried to rob Shane, luckily his pockets were zipped shut, but he made it look like an accident so no one even noticed! We ate roasted chicken from the train station (far less sketchy than it sounds) and found a beautiful market selling amazing looking products. Shane had to piss me off and drag me away to keep me from buying many of the safe-to-travel goods. We walked all the way to the Englischer Garten, one of the largest urban public parks in the world.
Lederhosen AND a beer bike!
We found our way to the Chinesischer Turm (the Chinese Tower, built in 1790 originally and rebuilt in 1951 after it was heavily bombed) and the 7000 seat beer garden surrounding it. We played it easy and got the 500mL beers and a pretzel to start with. We drank it and walked away looking for something to do before dinner. We wandered up and down streets until we found a large department store with postcards and a high end grocery store in the basement. As you can imagine we were entertained for quite some time. We left with only three postcards and one bar of chocolate, that is some restraint I’m telling you. We left heading back down the street in the direction we had come.
After getting lost in the extra large park we again found the tower, this time with a brass band playing. We purchased dinner, a roasted pork knuckle, potatoes and braised red cabbage (I like Shane’s better!) Shane grabbed a 1L beer this time and somehow managed to drink the whole thing! After we were thoroughly chilled to the bone (it was a cold and stormy day after all) we started our long walk home. We spotted surfers surfing a large continuous man-made wave in a until they fell off their boards. As you would assume Shane was wildly entertained by this and we spent some time watching.
We retired a little early this night but after walking all day and drinking WAY to much beer we were exhausted. (What a life!)