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June 25th 2006
Published: February 2nd 2007
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Our first experience in a 6 bed mixed dorm… hmmm. But we were lucky, the guys who did end up staying in our room were quite nice. Foo and I, pessimists that we are, were imagining all sorts of horrible things about dirty old men  phew!

Munich is an amazing city. Aptly called the beer capital of the world, beer houses are dotted throughout the city, with many tourists as well as locals thronging to them. Also the home of the famous Oktoberfest, which for us non-beer drinkers, somehow doesn’t appeal. An interesting fact though… there is no Australian embassy in munich, it is in berlin. But apparently, during Oktoberfest, a temporary embassy is opened in munich, to help deal with all us aussies who have a few too many beers and manage to misplace their passports  hahaha!

Germany has a colourful history - a recent history. WWI and WWII have definitely shaped this country, and also the view the world has of germany, and germans. The germans are a lovely people. And we were pleasantly surprised to learn that the majority speak English very fluently.

Munich is the capital and cultural centre of Bavaria. A walking tour through the city was extremely eye-opening and informative. We started at the Marienplatz - the main square in the centre of the city. Here we watched the famous clock tower of the Glockenspiel (Town Hall) chime its out of tune song for a very boring 15 minutes! Thousands of people flock to the marienplatz to hear the chimes… even the local german guide admitted that it was very over-rated…

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Surfers at the English GardensSurfers at the English Gardens
Surfers at the English Gardens

the sign say something like 'surfing at your own risk of death' (any german speaking people who can translate for me?) - obviously nobody pays attention to this

one of the more famous beer halls - Hitler made one of his political propoganda speeches here too..

2nd February 2007

hi, the sign says "swimming and surfing is not allowed" because of something I don't know the english words for, but it is obviously very dangerous there ;-) best regards thomas
2nd February 2007

hi, the sign says that swimming and surfing is not allowed there because of something I don't know the english words for - but it's probably very dangerous there ;-) best regards thomas
2nd February 2007

Surfen und Baden verboten
Surfing and Bathing forbidden! Risk of death through water technical installations and dangerous currents along the banks. Conclusions (for a German): a) you know why you're dead b) you know that your insurance won't pay for this
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