Monthly Archives: June 2008

Rock Me Amadeus…

One day in Salzburg…started slowly enough. Well, in actuality, it started in Munich. I got up, checked out of my room, hit the post office (yes, another box is heading home) then hopped a train bound for Salzburg, which is in Austria (great t-shirt spotted – “There are no Kangaroos in Austria”), birthplace of Mozart! Continue reading

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Arrived safely in Zagreb…and more answers.

Full report forthcoming but suffice to say I’m in Croatia!

Gear check – So far everything seems to be working out just fine. Still trying to get the backpack adjusted properly, but I rarely have it on for any length of time, so that’s okay. The Petzl light is fantastic and I wish I’d brought more shirts and one less pair of pants.

I did buy a small shoulder bag for carrying a book, my journal and maps and such. When I have a locker at the hostel, I can lock up my computer and just take the little bag, but I don’t leave the little backpack if it’s not secure.

I like my packing cubes for keeping everything organized and I wish my large backpack had two compartments instead of just one. But I do have a mesh bag for dirty clothes.

And no, I didn’t get any pictures of the surfers. I wish I did, it was cool.

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Sitting in an Englischer Garten, waiting for the sun…

Today was a boring day in Bayern (that’s German for Bavaria). It’s my last day here so I decided to mostly just walk around and take it easy. I walked down the main drag, had breakfast at the Haufbrauhaus (white sausage and again got the evil eye when I asked for something OTHER than beer to drink – but at 10am I was NOT succumbing to peer pressure!) and wandered over to the Englischer Garten, a central park like place complete with raging rivers, surfers (yes, surfers in the river!) and a Chinese pagoda. It was the perfect day for a walk in the park, slightly overcast but not too cold. Continue reading

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Addendum…

Check out the comments on my last past to learn more about Sophie Scholl and The White Rose resistance. I got some facts wrong (damn these incomplete tours) and Ruth Hanna Sachs, a White Rose scholar, has set me straight.

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Just another Munich Monday… (or Wednesday)

Before I get into the day’s events (and finish yesterdays), let me inform you of the new plan and take the time to answer a few reader questions.

First things first – new travel plans! Staying in Munich one extra night and then Friday morning I’m jumping a train for Salzburg, Austria. Continue reading

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Hazards…

Some of the hazards of traveling by the seat of your pants are becoming apparent. With the Euro cup on, getting a decent rate at a room in Austria is nigh on impossible.

I might stay in Munich an extra few days or I might go to Switzerland. Details will follow (I hope 🙂 )

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Dachau…

Okay, to be honest, there’s not much to say about Dachau. Factually, it was the first camp opened, just a few weeks after Hitler seized power. It remained open until 1945, the end of the war. It was designed to hold at most 8000 people and by the end it was holding over 30,000. The official death toll is in the low 30,000 but unofficially it was upwards of 45,000 and those figures are just those who died in THIS camp, not the ones who were held in Dachau and later transferred to another camp. Continue reading

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4am in Munich…

Somehow, I have internet in my room and I was just woken up by the sound of thunder…

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Mad King Ludwig… the second!

Another simple day, in that I only did one thing involving touring, but that one thing was a doozy! Before you go any further, though, look at the new picture atop this page. Not only did I take it, but that castle is where I spent my day!

The castle is called Neuschwanstein and it’s located about 2 hours south-west of Munich by train just outside of a little town called Fussen. I met up with a tour group and we headed out around 10am this morning. Continue reading

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George Carlin, R.I.P.

I leave the country for three weeks and George Carlin dies? Rest in Peace Mr. Carlin, may you get to say the words you’ve always said and may there be people there to hear them.

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