Guten Tag! So, today was quite the day. Fortunately, today we had a bit of a later start, so we could catch up on some much needed sleep. 9:15 on the dot, we leave for the train station. Thankfully, the train today isn’t running late, but it was crowded, so crowded that we were gonna be forced to stand for the entire 40 minute train ride. That was not going to happen, especially if we already had a day full of walking ahead of us, After a few stops, Arielle, Dr. Feick, and Sonja thought that it might be a good idea for us to get off the train and run to the next car up to try and find a seat. However, it turned out that all of the cars were just as full because of the Bayern Munich soccer game that was happening today. So, we turned around and ran back to the car that we started at, but as we got there, the doors closed and the train started to take off. There were still 5 people from our group left on the train and they tried their best to open the door and let us back on, but sadly nothing worked and the train took off without us. There were 17 students and Arielle stranded on the platform while Dr. Feick, Sonja and 3 students were left on the train. This was quite terrifying because Sonja had all of our tickets, so we were stranded at a train station somewhere in Germany without tickets or a person that could fluently speak German…great.
Fortunately, we were able to call Dr. Feick and they got off at the next stop and we hopped on the next train to Munich, where they got on at the next stop over. About half an hour later, we finally arrived in Munich.
Once there, we got a nice tour of the city. It was interesting, but by this point we have already done a lot of city tours and they were starting to get a little boring. The best place that I saw while on the tour was this mall like building. They had a bunch of art pieces built into the building. My favorite was some sort of hanging garden built into the ceiling of one hallway of the building. It was absolutely beautiful in the daytime, so I can’t imagine how it would have looked at night.
After the tour, we were given a few hours of free time to do whatever we wanted in Munich. Everyone seemed to have the same idea, so we all ended up at the Hofbrauhaus for lunch. The atmosphere there was so energetic, very loud, but full of energy. Since there were 20 of us, we weren’t able to eat on the main floor, so we ended up on the 3rd floor which I think was meant for parties and such, but they welcomed us anyways. The food there was AMAZING! I got some sort of pork steak and it was incredible.
From lunch, most of the group split up. A group of us ended up getting ice cream and then heading over to this market that we saw on the tour. It was a cute place for us to get souvenirs and such for everyone at home, and trust me, I did.
After shopping there for a while, we split up again and a smaller group of us headed over to the shops to do some more shopping, while the other group headed to the English Gardens. So, we head over to the shops and Ally and Lexi had already decided that they wanted to buy Birkenstocks because they’re cheaper in Europe than in the US. We get to the store and I started thinking about possibly buying a pair as well, so I tried on a few pairs. However, when I finally decided that I wasn’t going to get a pair, I went to put my sandals back on and the back snapped! They were the type of shoes that I couldn’t just keep walking in with them broken, so I had to go over to another shoe store next door and buy a cheapo pair of sandals to wear for the rest of the day. Needless to say, my feet killed by the end of the day.
Once we were done shopping, we headed back to the town square to meet up with the rest of the group to head to dinner. Dinner today was burgers. They were good, nothing spectacular, but definitely not bad. The place we ate at was really cute, and they got us our food insanely fast. We actually ended up finishing so fast that we were able to catch an earlier train home. That’s great and all, but we were cutting it close on making the earlier train, so we ended up sprinting through the train station, almost running into people, just to make a train that’s like 30 minutes earlier. Anyways, we barely made the train, but we did!! Go us haha!
We got home about 45 minutes later, so it was kind of late, but not too bad. There was still enough time to do something afterwards, so we ended up playing a bit of pool at the pool house down the road to end the day. Tomorrow we’re going to the concentration camp at Dachau, so stay tuned to see how that solemn day goes.