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Published: October 18th 2014
So the end of the drydock has now come and gone. All the major work was completed; new engine installed, fresh hull coating, new venues and cabins, azipod bearings replaced, and most importantly - the hole cut in the bottom to install the new engine was sealed back up. We then floated the ship out and brought her alongside for 1 night to get all the systems online before turning her back up the river to the port of Rotterdam. Where I managed to walk off the ship shortly after 8am, and by 11am I was in Germany on my way to Bonn.
This whole trip has a focus on mostly seeing friends. In Bonn I saw the important things, town square, Beethovens house, and had some beer on the riverside. Here I was staying with my friend Max, the following day we went to Cologne and saw some more sights. The local beer style is called Kolsch, which much like champagne is made elsewhere as well but is only Kolsch if it is brewed close to Cologne. This beer is served in small narrow 200 ml glasses, so you end up drinking quite a few and then realize you've
had a lot far too late. But we went on a bit of an impromptu brewery tour that took us to 6 different stops in the old city.
After this I headed to Wurzburg for a day where I met my friend Jakob who is studying law in the university there. Wine is very famous here, and even more it's home to one of the oldest bridges in Germany. Somehow it has become a tradition to drink the local wine on this bridge. I'm not complaining at all though. We also hiked up the hill to the local castle before spending the night with some of Jakobs friends in the town.
Next on the list was Augsburg where I was seeing my friend Jonas. We did a little sight seeing, had the best beer I have ever had, ate some food, and just enjoyed the company of a few of his friends.
Today brought me to Munich which is a stop which I had no friends to see. In the morning I went to the BMW World and checked out some cool cars and bikes, I didn't have enough time to take in the museum or rent
an M3. But it was cool none the less. The bigger event of the day was watching Bayern Munchen play at Allianz Arena! 71000 fans watched Bayern beat Bremen 6-0. I was in the standing section with all the ultra fans and my only regret is not learning all the songs which are being sung ALL THE TIME. But there was special things Phillip Lahm scoring is rare enough and he managed 2 goals in a Bundesliga match for the first time ever and Alonso got his first goal in a Bayern jersey.
I spent the night in a small suburb of Munchen and that's where I'm writing from. Tomorrow I'll have my longest drive of this 2 week roadtrip and end up in Berlin to see my friend Anna.
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