It has been so long since I’ve sat down to write for the blog that I fear I don’t even remember how to do it correctly. My last post was more than two months ago, and I can come up with so many excuses for why I haven’t written that it could probably be a post of its own, but I’m just going to jump into the post.
My latest trip was to Eastern Europe, and if you were following along with the daily updates on Facebook and Instagram, you know that it was A LOT OF TRAVEL in A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME! Munich was the first and last stop on our tour of seven cities in five countries.
We left Dulles late at night and first arrived at Frankfurt in the morning. We had just 1 hour to make the connecting flight to Munich, which, in hindsight was a pretty risky move on our part when we booked the flight. Anyway, we made our flight to Munich, and before we knew it, we had landed in the first city of our tour! We met up with my aunt from Canada, whose flight had arrived at the same time, and decided that we should all first get a bite to eat. Lucky for us there was a subway (a sandwich restaurant), and we had a fantastic lunch.
After our meal, we caught a cab and took the twenty-five-minute drive to our hotel. As we drove out of the airport, we saw a nice picnic spot on a hill overlooking the airport where many families were getting ready to have lunch. I just really enjoyed the concept of a public area overlooking the airport. Being a plane lover, I just enjoy the thought of being able to sit up there and see all the planes taxiing, taking off, and landing. Anyway, to get to our hotel, we drove on the autobahn, the famous German highway system. It is the most used, and longest highway system where speed is not regulated (for the most part). The only catch is, that insurance will only cover an accident if the crash occurs at less than a certain speed. We flew past cars and swerved in and out of lanes. At one point, I kid you not, we were going 87 miles per hour (140 kilometers per hour), which is honestly a ridiculous speed to be driving at.
Once we reached the hotel, we unpacked a bit and just relaxed. The tour didn’t officially start until the evening, and it was only 3:00 PM, so we decided that resting up from all the travel wouldn’t be a bad idea.
That evening, we met our tour group for the first time. We all went out to a fabulous dinner which was in a different part of the city. We drove past the Olympic village and the headquarters/museum of BMW which we’ll come back to soon.
After dinner, we encountered a small problem. There were more people who were supposed to join our tour group, however, they had been delayed at the airport, and would be late for dinner. Some of the families with us, who had arrived to the city one day prior had done some touring on their own and had local transportation passes, so they decided to find their way back to the hotel b themselves. We decided it would not only be a good idea to join them because there was no telling when the others would get to the restaurant, but also because we thought it would be fun to experience the local transit system. We walked a short ways away from the restaurant to a bus stop and boarded a bus. The bus, after several stops, took us to a busy metro station where we took the underground metro back to our hotel. It was a very interesting journey back to our hotel. The next morning, we woke up early and left for Prague, our first “official” city on the trip. But that’s a story for next time.
On the last day of our tour, we woke up early in Salzburg and packed all of our things. After breakfast, we boarded the busses and drove four hours back to Munich. Our driver, Vitale, said that the drive usually only takes 2 hours, but we hit a LOT of traffic as it was a weekend, and people were driving back home.
Once we got into the city, we first drove to a hotel close to the airport and dropped off about half of our tour group. They were staying in Munich one more day and they had decided that they wanted to go off on their own and explore the city. After we dropped them off, we drove to the center of the city to where the Olympic village and BMW’s headquarters and Museums are located.
We first visited the Olympic Village. The Olympics took place in Munich in 1972, when, unfortunately, tragedy struck, when a terrorist attack took the lives of Israeli athletes. We walked around the vast park for a little while, but it was raining, and all of the buildings were closed for an event, so we decided to go to the BMW museum. The BMW museum was basically a large, open convention center that doubled as a showroom for BMW. There were sedans, crossovers, SUVs, motorcycles, and even cars from MINI, and my personal favorite, Rolls Royce. After walking around the museum for a bit, we returned to the buses for the last stop of the tour: Marienplatz.
Platz in German means square and Marienplatz was just that. It is home to Munich’s city hall, which has a large clock that holds a special performance at 11:00 AM, and 5:00 PM. Marienplatz gets its name from a statue of the Virgin Mary at the center of the busy square. Shops and bars line avenues that all intersect in the square bringing hoards of people into a charming and lively plaza. It was truly a beautiful place. We waited till 5:00 PM, and after seeing the clock’s performance (which was just some music and some decorative figures moving at the top of the clock), we headed back to the bus.
Vitale took us back to the airport and dropped us all off. After saying bye to him, and our guide, Keith, we walked into the terminal and found ourselves a nice spot to sit. We were going to be at the airport for a little while because our flight was not till the early morning. It was a bit sad that the vacation had come to an end, but it was filled with amazing memories and even better pictures! What a lovely city Munich was! What a lovely place Europe is!
Before I end this post, I wanted to mention a few things about the blog itself
- Before my brief hiatus from writing, I used to post on a daily basis. But this was tiring for me, and it was probably a bit annoying getting a notification from me every day. I want this blog to be fun for me, and not seem like a chore, so I’m going to just say, that I am going to try an post regularly, but not too regularly. Maybe once or twice a week max. That way, I don’t run out of content, and I can take things easy.
- I took down my post about Cairo, Egypt. It’ll be back up very soon though. I want my posts to be grouped by trip, and I didn’t want the Cairo post to get lost in the posts about my trip to Eastern Europe. After Eastern Europe, I’ll put the Cairo post back up and continue with where I left off in Egypt.
Thanks for all of the support and comments I’ve gotten. Until next time!