Before heading to Munich, we were supposed to have a comfort stop at Dolomites National Park. Unfortunately, due to the rain, the tour wasn't able to push through with this. When the weather cleared a little bit, we stopped to have a chance to take a picture of the mountains/dolomites instead (somewhere in Innsbruck, Austria). Our Expat Explore t-shirts were distributed and several group photo with the bus were taken.
[caption id="attachment_1408" align="aligncenter" width="699"] Dolo might?[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1410" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Expat tour team[/caption]
Finally, a big room! :D With my dissatisfaction with the Venice hotel, I was relieved arriving here. Although we still have to pay for wifi, it was fast enough to download music. The street where it is located was very busy when we arrived as I think there was a gambling/sporting event. At night, we noticed some non-wholesome places along the street but it seems to be a safe neighborhood as our guide did not warn us about anything.:p
It was raining again when we regrouped with the tour. Apparently, thunderstorms are a frequent occurrence in Germany. There were only three places highlighted in the tour map: Frauenkirche, Marienplatz and Hofbrohaus. However upon arrival in Karlzplatz, we were given the option to separate from the tour (free time) providing the meetup place/time for dinner. Since we couldn't get good pictures anyway due to the weather and we hard time following the group, we did this option. On our free time, we ate some street food bratwurst sandwich and a drink (costing 5 euro), bought some souvenirs and walked around took some pictures. One thing I found unique in Munich is that it seems that there is always a celebration as wearing traditional costume and beer drinking is not unusual for them.
[caption id="attachment_1056" align="aligncenter" width="701"] Munich map[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1036" align="aligncenter" width="699"] Marienplatz[/caption]
Traditional Costume Shop
We had our dinner on this beer hall, which according to Gayle was one of the main beer hall that Hitler visited to influence youths and form the Hitler Youth. There were tons of beer choices in there (as it is a beer house after all) and good amount of sausage. One thing is for sure though, sausages and beer here are a must.
[caption id="attachment_1402" align="aligncenter" width="701"] Restaurant Augustiner[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1050" align="aligncenter" width="699"] sausages, mashed potato and sauerkraut platter![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_1392" align="aligncenter" width="401"] BEER![/caption]
After dinner, I planned to see the Hofbrohaus, the only place highlighted in the tour that we haven't seen but decided not to go through with it as it might not be safe to go by myself and the weather was getting really chilly! After a few pictures in Str. Kaufingerstr, we just dropped our postcards and went back to the hotel.
[caption id="attachment_1407" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Flower in Munich[/caption]