Large amounts of beer, gigantic amounts of food and enormous men.
23.09.2007 - 27.09.2007 10 °C
Julia and I went to Vienna on Saturday evening and had a wonderful hostel owner drive us through the city, pointing out all the major attractions. Sunday morning we went to Schönbrunn in the morning and loved it. We explored the rooms of Maria Theresa and the got lost in the labyrinths in the gardens...very confusing actually. Climbed a large hill to look out over all Vienna. Went to St. Stephans in the afternoon and explored the catacombs...actual bones and skulls stacked in the rooms, very creepy. Did get kicked out of a restaurant because we didn't order enough food...not California at all...i guess a pizza for two girls is too little food.
Went to Salzburg on Sunday and loved it. Pictured the Von trapps running through the hills and sang "i am 16 going on 17" all day. However, there was their annual festival the day we arrived...a much smaller scale Oktoberfest with rides and tents. We went to Mozart's birthplace which was very strange. It was interesting to see some of the stage designs and some of his original violins but they tired to make the rooms metaphorical...a baby's body with an adult head of Mozart because he is "timeless".
We arrived in Munich at the Frommel's (old family friends) on Monday night and were very happy to have a home cooked meal and tea! On Tuesday, Thomas took us to Oktoberfest. It blew both of our minds. Huge roller coasters and tents set up for 2 weeks. Went into a tent "the Heavens of the Bravarians" and had a liter of beer each. Ordered a plate, and between the three of us, we did not finish it. Figured out that the mass amounts of food is how they drink the mass amounts of beer. After Thomas left, Julia and I searched for a spot to sit and found only one place...next too a 400 pound fighter and a 6' 11" man. We have never felt so small in our lives, especially since we needed to use both our hands to pick up our glasses.
Wednesday we explored Munich a bit, but the rain slowed us down and made us want to take this time (halfway through our trip) to relax a bit. We are headed back to Oktoberfest today with Thomas and Andrea - in their traditional Bravarian garb- to drink again and catch a night train to Prague. Missing home very much still and cannot believe we are halfway.