Munich, at last!
I was longing to see the city that Fabi talked about so much. And it is indeed great: fantastic vibe, good food, some nice architecture and Hofbrauhaus, the most famous pub in the world - I’ll be going there tomorrow, hopefully!
Today I decided to take a stroll around the city, getting lost again. The weather was dreadful and I hope I don’t catch a cold on these last days of our trip, but was worth it.
Started off at Munich Hauptbahnhof going to the Botanical Gardens, which there wasn’t really much to see for a Botanical Garden - the only thing really was the Neptune Fountain below, nothing that great either.
But still, it was kinda cute with a nice short message at the entrance.
I didn’t notice the clouds closing in when I got to Königsplatz where there’s a greco-roman museum to your left and to your right, and an entrance gate named Propyläen, which was built as a memorial to the son of the King of Bavaria back in the 1800s.
Was a nice area actually: on a sunny day I could totally see that space filled with people everywhere. But that’s the rain broke and I was stuck under the monument for about 10 minutes. The worst thing though was the fact that it didn’t stop raining since then… doing tourism with rain sucks big time!
But, without a jacket or an umbrella or a hat I soldiered on and carried my way towards Marienplatz, one of the most beautiful squares I’ve ever visited. And you know, there’s no fountain or majestic monument, and there’s only one or two great buildings in the platz but the energy there is really cool. Don’t know what it is but yeah, felt really comfortable around there.
It’s a very old area, dating back to the 1100s and there’s all sorts things around the area: bookshops, souvenir shops, people basking, churches, food stalls. Today the street market was on the produce they sell… OMG, so many smells and textures and flavours! I want to try them all and get back 10 kg fatter and a happier man!
While I was the bookshop an old lady (82) sat by my side and started engaging in a conversation (in German, which I don’t know squat). When she realised I didn’t speak German she started in English talking about tourism, and places she have been and how much she loved Germany. Then I noticed the books in her hands: Computers for Dummies and some other one about Windows. She tells me with the most beautiful smile “I’m learning, you’re never too old you know”.
I love these sort of moments. It’s great to see people, no matter how old they are or whatever they did in life, recognizing that there’s always something else to learn. And they pick a book and go learn… it’s a much slower process but hey, that’s an attitude towards not letting yourself go and embracing whatever life throws at you.
This positivism sparks so many thoughts in my head that I can’t even stop and think about them to describe them properly here. It somehow makes me think a lot about what I want to do, what sort of person I’ve become, what sort of person I was, what am I going to be like when I’m at her age. So many questions… time will tell.
Well, after savouring a few things here and there I decided to head back: rain was pouring and I was very depressed with all that water. Still, managed to enjoy as much as I could for sure.
Tomorrow not sure what else but beer and wurst is a must!