As I ride the train from Munich, Germany to Vienna, Austria on this perfect Monday morning I am reminded again and again how incredible it is that I am here. I give so much credit to the travelers who move around on a whim and understand everything going on around them, because to be very honest its kind of scary and very overwhelming to be in a different country where most people are speaking a language you barely know how to say hello in. Its scary to wonder if you’re on the right bus or train or if you’re going in the right direction or even to ask someone for help!! I am amazed I got myself through the Munich airport, onto the train, and onto busses into the city and to the neighborhood where I am staying with Hannah. It was a miracle truly!
I spent the first weekend here in Europe exploring Munich with Hannah, first stop - Hofbrauhaus, famous for its liters of great bier and pretzels YUM! It was so nice to relax and catch up with Han and have a yummy snack! Jet lag kept me from sleeping that much that night, along with all the excitement for the adventures ahead!
The next day, Hannah had school so it was up to me to find some fun! I walked through the neighborhood and took photos, and stopped at a super cute coffeeshop. It is so very nerve-wracking to order a coffee without looking silly… but of course I still did. I sat there for over an hour I just loved listening to the people around me talk and laugh and I had no clue what they were saying but it was just so cute.
I met Hannah at her school and headed to her little cousins hockey practice (You didn’t think I was gonna go two weeks without hockey did you???) It was rainy and cold all day but still so beautiful. Hannah and I had fun walking around the city and taking photos! Our days went by way too quickly. We walked everywhere - through the city and the neighborhoods and to cute restaurants and cafes it never ended, and I loved it. I really loved the flowers for sale on every corner, they were just too pretty not to take a photo of every time I passed :)
The architecture was incredible. We walked through and past churches and sculptures I remembered from art history class freshman year. We climbed a tower just to get a perfect view of Marienplatz, and it was so worth it.
Sunday night we headed to the Red Bull hockey finals - obviously. At Olympic Park, where the Olympics were held in 1936! So incredible to be in a place like that, and everyone in there was as loud and cheering for the Red Bulls like it was the Olympics, I have never seen fans who were so dedicated, I just wish I knew the chants!
I am so very excited for the next week in Vienna and a stop in Prague before heading home!! Thank you Germany for treating me oh too well!
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