Surprise Layover in Munich, Germany
Since the internet wasn't working well at all in ORD, I called home while I waited to board, and asked my dad to very quickly look up the main attractions in Munich. Unfortunately, the phone reception was crazy bad that day in ORD, so I didn't get much of what he was saying. However, as soon as I landed in Germany, I picked up a few fliers about what to do on a quick trip to Munich, and got started. Yes, I suppose I could've paid for internet access on the plane, but as a Millenial, I have problems with the principle of paying for things like the internet.
|Munich, a Quilt of Green|
(She still says she doesn't speak much German, but I still say I saw her communicating successfully and getting directions that she both asked for and understood.)
|Lunch at Paulaner|
Our first stop off the train was lunch. After many hours of flying, we were both parched and hungry, so we took the Canadian guy's suggestion and got a table at Paulaner, a popular restaurant with a beer garden. Exhausted, we plopped down in chairs and ordered a beer to split, because what else do you drink in a beer garden? I think the server thought it was funny that we were splitting one beer between two people, but neither me nor my mom is much of a drinker. One was plenty.
For lunch, we ordered spaetzle, salad with a mustardy dressing, and plum strudel for dessert. Oh, the tastes! So many yums! In my memory, this was the best lunch of the entire trip - maybe partly because we were so hungry, and maybe mostly because the food was great. This was my first time eating spaetzle, which I learned are like tiny little dumplings. This was not my first time eating strudel, and certainly would not be the last time eating strudel on this trip either. After lunch, Mom and I pepped up a bit despite the heat, and we resolved to go do some sightseeing before returning to the airport.
|Spaetzle at Paulaner|
|Salad at Paulaner|
|Plum Strudel at Paulaner|
|Mom, looking stylish as she nimbly "zumbas" her way |
up 300 steps.
|Inside the glorious, air conditioned church. |
(In my case, I found the AC, not the religion, to be the glorious part.)
|Spectacular views from the top of the bell tower|
|Atop the bell tower|
Just before 5 pm, we raced back down the 300 steps of the bell tower and sweated our way over to the Marienplatz central square where the Glockenspiel stands. The Glockenspiel is a large clock that has around 30 figurines that move on a track and dance and joust each day. At precisely 5 pm, the 12-ish minute show began. The figures started to spin and move. Some of the figures even jousted! Of course, since the clock is in Munich, the knight dressed in Bavarian colors always wins the joust. The Glockenspiel cemented Munich as a charming city in my mind, because the old-timey clock is very sweet, and you can't help but smile when you watch its show. The famous clock has two different scenes on two different levels. The top scene portrays the marriage of Duke Wilhelm V and Renata of Lorraine. The jousters are there to celebrate with them. The bottom scene shows the Coopers' Dance, which became a traditional dance in German and symbolizes loyalty.
|Keith Haring posing with his work|
|Artwork by Keith Haring|