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  • Day2

    Munich

    May 30, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Day 1:
    Well I made it to Munich!! 11 hour flight to Abu Dhabi then a stopover which only lasted 1.5 hours and then a 7 hour flight here! On the second leg of the plane I sat next to a lovely lady who is German and now lives in Albury (Australia) and has for 8 years, she is a youth councillor, a masseuse, a beauty therapist plus she is qualified in a few more areas as well. She was on her way back visiting family. She gave me lots of tips about Germany and also indulged me on a lot of history about Germany. Lots of random interesting facts about past kings, their culture, the difference in farming (photo from plane, they only have about 1 paddock each), she told where to go try some good German food in a beer garden (pork knuckle, she said to only have it once because it is quite sickening). She also helped me to get my train ticket and on my way to the main station as she was just a couple of stops before me! First new friend on Facebook👍

    Getting off the train was the easy part, I had an ordeal finding the hostel. Went out the wrong exit so had to go back to the train station and ask. Then once I was out the right exit I took a wrong turn!! Had to go back walked in circles and decided I was too hungry didn't eat the crappy plane food, too sickening. Grabbed a bite and tried again to locate the hostel! Walked straight the street(they are all called str something something ebe or esse) it was called something different on the one side I was walking to the one coming from the other direction (I asked a security guard) so first lost experience. Dropped off my bag (way too heavy) found a cafe for some wifi. The streets are filled with beggars, lots of old women and quite a few amputee beggars as well. One man had lost both lower legs below the knee so was sliding as walking on bits of padded cardboard

    Next was the supermarket experience. Went in wanting some 2 minute noodles and a container. They had nothing of the like there. There alcohol is just out on the shelves, I tried to take a photo but there were too many people waking past. They have no plastic bags or eftpos facilities. An elderly man got accused of stealing so it kind of went into partial lockdown. These rails came down over all the counter stuff like your chewies. It was just a lot of angry yelling in German so I couldn't tell you what he was saying

    Now I'm waiting to check in and have a shower! I haven't had one in over 24 hours and feel gross. Plus I've been through that many different Timezones I'm sooo tired!!

    Auf Wiedersehen
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    Imogen Kelsch

    What an adventure already! You need to try the pork sausages and sauerkraut in Germany :) xx

    5/30/17Reply
    Annabelle Ditchburn

    Definitely will😊

    5/30/17Reply
     
  • Day4

    Day 2

    June 1, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Day 2
    Started off the day by having to eat breaky by myself for the first time. But I took advantage of the all you can eat buffet fitting in quite a bit as my budget is extremely tight so meals and what I can eat are limited if I don't want to end up broke

    Next up was going on the tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp. I knew it would be confronting of which it was. For a place that was built to only fit 6000 people by the end of the world war it had over 200000. It was crazy to even think that places like this existed! It wa an amazing experience and if your ever in Munich I would highly recommend. Our tour guide was really good he was an Irish man whose knowledge was amazing. I meet to lovely girls who are studying physio at uni in Townsville. They are in there third year, who are on a 7 week trip around Europe. They are super friendly and I'm going out with them to the English gardens which has the second largest beer garden worldwide so that will be pretty cool

    I can't confirm yet but I think I'm doing well with the jet lag so far. I went to sleep last night as I would at home so hopefully I get into a routine pretty quickly. In saying that I am very tired the day was big lots of walking and in the sun.

    It really surprised me about the weather here so humid and hot in general too. Yesterday the humidity was at 93%. The hostel was very stuffy the have no air conditioner or ventilation. I swapped hostels this arvo to literally 2 doors down as my first accomodation didn't have enough availability when I booked

    About to go down to happy hour(or hours 4:30 to 8pm) with Darcy and Sam (girls I met) then we are off to dinner

    Will report again soon👍
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    Samantha Aurisch

    Is that a chicken parmi you are eating!! Xx

    6/1/17Reply
    Annabelle Ditchburn

    Haha close a pork schnitzel👍

    6/1/17Reply
     
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    Day 3

    June 1, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Day 3
    Today I did the walking tour around Munich. It was really lovely and a long day. My feet are pretty sore now though but definitely worth it. We learnt about the history of Munich and what I found most interesting was that at the end of the war the city was destroyed with 90% of the buildings been bombed. The rubble was equivalent to the 2 Giza pyramids. I met 2 other girls from Australia on this tour. It is very easy to gravitate towards other Aussies

    It was a 2 and a half hour walk and afterwards we went to visit the English gardens to see the surfers in the river it's pretty crazy how they do it in such a confined space

    Afterwards one of the girls and I went back to the markets and I had my first bratwurst. Or was really good. You wonder how all the people here aren't all bigger than they are their food is full of carbs but they do walk and bike everywhere. So many bikes!!

    It's a great place to people watch it's constantly busy😊

    Dinner I'm eating now is a hearty stew and rice. Quite delicious. They have lots of middle eastern places here I have discovered.

    It also is a place for lots of diversity with races. Plenty of communities within the city it's really great to see👍

    Tomorrow I start the trip with the bus so a fairly early morning and off to bed for me pretty early. It's one of the shorter bus lengths I will have to do, only a couple of hours. Feeling a bit gross getting the start of a cold, a really sore throat but hopefully I fight it off with a good nights sleep!!
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  • Day5

    Day 4

    June 2, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Innsbruck

    Lovely accomodation overlooking the alps but probably the only positive it's pretty dodgy and awesome architecture throughout the city

    Spent the day with a lovely Aussie from busabout exploring the city and met some pommies who I'm about to go dancing with😊Read more

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    Day 5

    June 4, 2017 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    I visited 2 museums in the old town of Tyrol (Innsbruck) so my brain exploded with history!!

    For the rest of the day I wandered around then we went out for the night and ended up in a festival in a park which was good fun😊Read more

  • Day8

    Day 6&7

    June 5, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Yesterday was purely travel so not much to report on that bit beautiful country side as you drive through

    Today we went and explored 3 islands off Venice as well as wandering through all the streets of Venice. It is a really beautiful place and so uniqueRead more

  • Day12

    Day 8&9

    June 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Day 8 was a day just chilling by the pool and having a relaxing day then we went out for dinner with everyone from the bus

    Day 9

    Was travelling from Venice to Rome was supposed to get off in a place called Ancona but got recommended against it so 5 nights in total for Rome. Was on the bus all day travelling through some beautiful scenery from nice green hills to the coastRead more

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    Day 10

    June 9, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today I went into Rome and did a walking tour which was really insightful and interesting. Saw the colosseum, the ancient ruins, went to the Jewish ghetto which was really good to hear about