Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Oktoberfest in May!
Hello once again!
This week has been slightly better as I have begun to adapt to the way of the German, just in time to get thrown into a completely different part of the German culture, Munich. This past weekend we traveled to the south German state of Bavaria, where we stayed in Munich for 3 days. It was an awesome trip as we did everything that Munich had to offer, and then some!
We started the trip early Friday morning with a four-hour train ride from Eisenach to Munich. As soon as we arrived in Munich we got checked into our hotel and kind of got settled in for a bit, but we were all itching to go explore the city, so that is exactly what we did. The first thing that Pastor Trachte did was to take us down to the Old Market place and the Marian Plates, this was the downtown area of the city and it was packed with so many people. We wondered around the downtown area of Munich until around 7 or so when we met up with the Marburg trip were we went to one of the many beer halls that Munich is known for. It was awesome; nothing beats good people, good food, (and since I AM in Germany,) good beer. We were greeted at the Augusteinerkeller by a group of traditional Germans. It was so fun provided that it works, I am going to upload the video so you can see it, it was really fun. And that meal pretty much wrapped up the first day in Munich.
The second day brought more traveling as we took a bus to an hour outside of the city to a few more Historical portions of the countryside. The first stop on the tour was the Linderhof Palace, this was King Ludwig the Second’s mountainside palace. As we approached the second stop, we started to get higher, and higher, into what they call the “Low Alps.” The sight was just indescribable. (Again… with any luck I’m planning on posting a few pictures.) The final stop on our tour was at the castle of Neuschwanstein. This castle was HUGE!! it is said to be the castle that the Disney logo is based off of. And I understand why, it looks exactly like it. As we made our way back to the city, we hustled up to make sure that we made our reservations at the famous Hofbrauhaus, another one of Munich’s famous beer halls. This time we walked in and had entertainment shows, as well as a buffet. (YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!) After 3 plates of amazing food and an undisclosed amount of delicious beer, it was finally time to call it a night.
The final day brought a beautiful day in the city, and a lot of celebration as Bavaria won the German National Soccer League just the night before. This was defiantly a sight to see, never in my life have I seen that many people crammed into a downtown area. I guess this just goes to show how dedicated the European Soccer fans can be. But after a great day in the sun, it was time to board the train and head back to Eisenach for a three-day workweek, as we will be taking off to Berlin on Thursday!