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Historical weekend

I was not going to go to Berlin this weekend due to some things happening across the pond but I decided to do it I want this weekend to be full of eye opening experiences and history. Heres to hoping.

Posted by CanaGerm 09:33 Archived in Germany Comments (1)

München, part two

Today was all about castles and sight seeing. This was my last day in Müchen and I wanted to see as much as I could in my short time. My train was leaving relatively early so I was up at the crack of dawn and had breakkfast. This is where I met Tiffany, the girl I was having a discussion with about European women and how they manage to stay slim despite downing gallons of beer and wine and lots of good food. After the meal, I checked out of the hostel and headed to the bus stop for tourists. My first stop was Nymphenburg Palace.

I had a great time looking at all the different rooms and buildings on this complex. I bought a ticket to see all the buildings on this property.

Nymphenburg Palace
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Pictures of the palace grounds
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Amalienburg - hunting lodge built for Maria Amalia and her husband, Charles VII
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Badenburg, the royal bathing house. It is interesting to note that the interior of the house was covered in handmade and extremely expensive Chinese wallpaper which apparently was in vogue here in Germany. Meanwhile, nothing of the sort was actually in style in the Far East!
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I then made my way to the Marstallmuseum Nymphenburg. This is a museum where collections of stage coaches, wagons, and celebratory sleighs were on display. Some things were so beautiful but some were kind of scary to look at.
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Along a few of the walls, there were loads of pictures of the royal horses. These animals were treated better than some of the wives and common folk.
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It was great to see all these structures and read about the history as I went along.
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The sun was once again very high in Munich and I was hot but pleasantly so. After the palace, I got back on the tour hop on hop off bus which made its way to all the major sites of the city.
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Along the way, the guide instructed us that Munich is very expensive to live, the cities unemployment rate is low at only 5%, it houses a lot (can't remember the exact number) of HUGE European companies that are know world wide. Seimans as an example, (a giant in its market sector) employs a crazy large percentage of the popluation etc..
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the BMW museum
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I was disappointed a bit as Munich cannot and should not be done in only a day and a half but I worked with what I had. I left around 4pm for my train bound to home and work. My hope is to get back to Munich one day again as the city is a treasure trove of historical and fun things to explore.
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Posted by CanaGerm 12:44 Archived in Germany Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

No love for Italy

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When I was asking for advise on places to visit on my weekends here, I was told by everyone and their mother that I must visit Italy. Every time I was told this, I felt dread inside. You see, unlike a majority of people, Italy is not on my radar of places to visit. Honestly! I can't tell you why exactly, but I just have no desire to go there. Rome holds no interest to me as it is just looks too big, crowded, and lackluster. I know I might be wrong but I don't care what others say. I just can't. If I had to step foot into Italy, it would only be to visit maybe Venice.

People tried to convince me time and again but to no avail. I have had the opportunity and time to go there over the last 2.5 months but I always brushed over my Italian options in search of somewhere else. I have opted to stay in Germany numerous times just because I simply love the landscape and history of this country. Trust me, it is NOT cheaper as the DB is brutally expensive so there is no real cost saving.

I thought I would write this now before I have to answer questions as to why I didn't do Italy. I just don't care to. It is like I was dying to see Switzerland but after being to Austria, I'm good. Have you ever felt this way? Had no interest in visiting a country or city despite it's popularity?

Posted by CanaGerm 12:29 Archived in Germany Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

Eating in Stuttgart

Back in September, (I can't believe it was that long ago) I posted about typical Swabian meals, which I wanted to test (excluding the onion cake). Since that post, I haven't really paid much attention to this list so I decided to scan it to see if I had tasted any of these typical dishes. I can say a resounding yes right away.

First on the list was Stuttgarter Beer. Of course I have had this beer and like I posted here before, I am not a huge fan. The beer is so strong I have to concentrate really hard just to swallow it. So not worth it. I found out that a large majority of Swabians are not a big fan of this brew either.

Gaisburger Marsch (spätzle, beef, veggies, broth). Yum! Loved it and I eat it a fair bit here also. I happen to love spätzle and am excited to cook it for my family and friends at home.

Laugenbrezeln (soft pretzel). This is everywhere and I am not the biggest fan of salty stuff so I will eventually try this bread. No big deal for me though if I don't get around to eating this baked good.

Maultauschen (raviolie type of pasta fried with eggs). This is served a lot here at work (at least once every other week) and I have had it at least twice I think. It is nice but extremely heavy. All that is needed to accompany this dish is a salad. Very interesting but fairly good combination. This dish reminds me of Jewish food for some reason.

Swabian roast. This is usuall served with maultaushen or spätzle. I actually had this for lunch yesterday but with potato balls. It was a good meal. Satisfying and hardy. Good swabian food.

Spätzle. I love this pasta type main or side dish. It is good served with meats and veggies or smoothered with cheese. Spätzle is very heavy, especially with cheese, but to me, this is one of the best Swabain/Detsche dishes out there. YUM!

Onion cake. I can't and will not do it. Eating the fried, sweetish onions that is served on top of spätzle, wursts and hot dogs is enough for me. Onions are not my friends so I try to stay clear of this veggy in all forms.

Stuttgart wine. I've only had wine a few times while here. I seem to focus mainly on the mixed beers, ciders, mixed pops and apple juice with gas (I know, I know! I hated it when I first got here now....I love it! BUT I still can't stand water with gas). Overall, good local wine. Very affordable, mainly light (what I have had) and readily available. No LCBO for alcoholic beverages here. You can get your hands on this stuff at your friendly local grocery store, on trains, at the hbf, side stores. Anywhere really.

So, those are the popular dishes that I have eaten here. Swabain food to me is very nice if heavy. That is why one large meal is more than enough per day. I favor the breads, authentic drinks, some wursts and of course, spätzle.

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