Wednesday 5-23: Arrived in Munich around 5pm, and hitched a ride
with people I met on the plane down to a small southern town in Bavaria named
Fussen. I wandered around, walking down the train tracks with all my luggage till midnight, I finally realized all
the hostles in the area were full. I ended up staying at hotel Sonne in Fussen
for about $50. Day 1, 32 hours w/o sleep.
5-24-01 Arrived in Salzburg
and stayed at the International Youth Hotel (YoHo) for around 10 bucks. Shared a
dorm room with 18 people, but it was very comfortable and reasonably quiet. The
bar there was pretty lively, spent the night talking with all the Aussies and
kiwis. Tried Stiegel beer, very nice.
From Salzburg I headed to Munich to swap
clothes from my suitcase which was in a locker, then headed to Frankfurt. I
stayed at the Haus der Jugend, very nice hostle, with a cool group of college
students. It was about $15 per night. We all went out looking for clubs but
ended up just hanging out at the pubs.
5-26-01 The next day I took the romantic
road bus tour back to Munich. It makes about 5 stops at the little towns
including Rothenburg, and Wurzburg. I was sooo tired, and the bus ride was 12
hours, I ended up getting off and taking the train back to Munich. But heres the
pictures along the Romantische Strasse.
After my nap on the train, I arrived
in Munich. I stayed at the Euro Youth Hotel (#31 in lonely planet), it was about
$15 per night. I met up with a group of hella cool people, Mitch, Woje, Anna,
and Catherine. We all shared a room at the hostel and became really good
friends. I let them borrow my iron and they burned though about 3 pieces of
clothing cause the iron was set at 120v. Woje was lamenting his purchase of two
right shoes in Italy.
The next morning the girls went to
church and the guys went to the Deutches Museum. Very cool museum, we only had
about 2 hours there, but we saw everything we wanted to see. I shot about 2
rolls of film there. Below is a picture of a Luftwaffe plane recovered in 1983
from the lake of Starnberg.
were walking back from the museum, and we all suffering from allergies. Our
sniffeling somehow got interpreted as "We want to buy some cocaine". So I'd like
to share the international (German anyway) sign for "would you like to buy some
We met up with the girls
and headed to Dachau, the first Nazi concentration camp. It was pretty
depressing. I took quite a few pictures, but you really have to be there to
experience it. " If there is a god, he will have to beg my
"I do not know
whether the reader can picture to himself the sight of 250 tattered straw
palliasses and as many pillows, plus 400 covers, not to mention odd pieces of
furniture and personal possessions lying in a disordered mass in the filth and
rain; how these same during the one-hour pause in work all must be cleared away,
the beds made, rooms swept and dusted and the block road similarly cleaned of
each tiny whisp of straw... " Jean Bernard
We all ate at a
resturant in the Marianplatz. It had to have been the most expensive meal on my
whole trip. I spent about six dollars just on little .2liter bottles of water.
Pretzels that were on the table, most people would think they are complementary,
they charged us for each one. But still had a great time :)
Well, had to say goodbye to my new friends
and start my tour. The guys invited me to join them in renting a car and heading
up north, and the girls were headed to Prague. I had no idea Munich Airport was
40 minutes from Munich Ostbahnhof, I caught my flight to London 5 minutes before
boarding. I took the underground to the Royal National Hotel in London, where
the Contiki tour starts. Had to get up at 6am to weigh our luggage, and hop on
the bus. Below is a picture from the ferry leaving the white cliffs of Dover,
The camp was out in the middle of
nowhere, but supposedly still considered Paris. The Contiki "illumination tour"
of Paris was Paris illuminated by sunlight. A group of about 12 of us skipped
the bus ride back to camp and toured Paris together all night checking out the
shops, sights, and cafes. We took the subway back to camp.
Wine tasting in France. You got to taste
one glass of wine, if you liked it, it was 2 bucks a bottle. The winery makes a
special wine with the grape leftovers, it's a very potent alcohol, they put a
viper in the bottle. Only one person is allowed to sell it, when she dies, the
winery can no longer sell it. Traditionally, harvesting is done by volunteers
who are paid in wine, a glass per row of grapes harvested.