Monthly Archives: August 2013

Learning Curves and Mojitos

A rainy Sunday had us feeling a little homesick – without a crazy adventure to distract us (and only CNN on TV) we were left wondering what to do.  There is this great website that we have been relying on heavily for information – toytowngermany.com, which is written by expats with advice for expats.  A few movie theaters were listed as playing English movies so off we went, umbrellas in hand.  The directions led us to a very busy mall; apparently we weren’t the only ones with this idea.  A throng of peopled queued up in front of ticket machines and we joined in the line.

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Schloss Nymphenburg

What an awesome present to give your wife!

What an awesome present to give your wife!

Today we “tram”psed off to Nymphenburg Palace on the west side of the city.  Traveling by tram was a nice change as we were able to actually see some of the city instead of taking the subway – which has a much less interesting view.  The Palace was built by the Ferdinand Maria (Bavarian King) as a “push present” for his wife… Continue reading

Murano, Burano and Torcello

BuranoDay two in Venice we waterbused to Murano – the island famous for glass blowing.  There were some seriously cool things made out of glass, we bought a small blue and white bowl.  Some shops were more like museums and even charged a cover fee just to enter.  It wasn’t just the shops that had cover charges, though, many of the restaurants charged 1.5-6 Euros just to sit down.  Dinners got to be fairly expensive for just pasta (and wine).  I was brave and tried cuttlefish, cooked in it’s own black ink.

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Venezia

Our Temporary Home

Our Temporary Home

Arriving in Venice was overwhelming, both the crowds and the heat instantly exhausted us. Venice is confusing, but in a really magical way.  It is IMPOSSIBLE to not get lost, but as long as you are not in a rush anywhere (and have plenty of water) just enjoy the experience.  After somehow finding our hotel we were ecstatic to find that there was air conditioning, I could not imagine having stayed for 3 days in 90 degrees without it.

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Travels to Venice

Train ride

Train ride

Comparing hostel experiences and traveling tips with a bunch of young Europeans on a 6 hour train ride to Venice was the perfect start to our first adventure outside of Germany. Three Icelandic boys had us rolling with laughter as they described just how much stronger they found German beer than the watered down beer from back home.  A young Croatian girl, also in our compartment, started grilling us about Snowden and was extremely upset about the whole situation.

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Music in the Park

Olympia Park

Olympia Park

I bought Barefoot Pinot Grigio from the grocery store.  The wine here is amazing – and cheap, I felt a little ridiculous splurging 5 Euros for a bottle of California wine, but I wanted to bring something to our new friends that was from home.  Barefoot was the only wine I recognized, there were only five American choices, all from California. We met up with Anna and Frank for a concert at Olympia Park, I guess I’d describe it as Indie- electronic.  Not bad for a free concert, and the company was wonderful. I even convinced Brian to dance with me, it was hard given that the music felt like it was being played underwater, and we more swayed than danced.

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