When it comes to once in a life time experiences, Melissa and I definitely have you beat. Thanks to our Munich host, Johannes, we traveled to Eichstatt today for the 1100th birthday celebration.
We arrived in Munich last night around 11pm, after a full day in Berlin and a LONG car ride down the Audobon (yes, people drive really fast on it and it was something both of us can cross off on our 'list of things to do before we die')
Not having even seen Munich in the daylight yet, we woke up and got breakfast downstairs at a cafe that had free breakfast (croissants, pretzels, brie, nutella, granolla, and meats) and hopped on a train outside of the city. First stop outside of the city was Dachau, so um, Melissa was on a train to Dachau. After about an hour or so, we arrived at Johannes' hometown and one of the most beautiful and surreal places I've ever seen. The town had so much character and charm, as well as a Medieval party flooding the streets. We saw a parade that encompassed 1100 years of history in about 30 minutes, ate authentic German food, saw crazy Baroque style architecture, I ate Bratwurst, and drank liter large beers. All in all, what I call a great party. After the parade, we walked around and explored the town. We both walked around in awe of what we were seeing. Technically this was our 6th place we've visited during our trip, it is definitely the oldest as well as the most original.
Our full day at Eichstatt's birthday left us tired and wet. The weather in Munich is about as bad as it's been all trip. Turns out this is called sheep's chill because now is the time all the sheep's wool is shaved off, causing them to be quite cold before the temperature really heats up. Oh well, we're so used to being freezing and rained on after the past few weeks that it has really stopped bothering us. I bought a pair of crazy hot German jeans and I've been sporting a scarf ALL TRIP, so I'm not as cold anymore:
Once we got back to Munich, we took a stroll down the block to where Oktoberfest is held every year. Turns out, Johannes lives less than a 5 minute walk to the location of the biggest beer festival in the world! Right now it's empty, but we got to see Lady Bavaria and a few beer gardens along the way.
Tomorrow we head off to the Disney castle and Tuesday we're off to explore Munich itself. Wednesday we take our longest journey, 14 hours, back home before joining the real world again.
Radler's and spezzi,
ps- We want to give a SHOUT OUT to our dads! Happy Fathers day y'all.