S: Modernism in Munich 2012
BC: DEPARTED | GERMANY | 25 JUN 2012
1: Leaving the Orange Bubble... After discovering that a MyPanera card does not work to swipe into the Dining Hall, I said goodbye to Meg Whitman's gothic castle and squeezed my way into the mini-fridge sized spot remaining for me in the car. Fortunately, to make up for the lack of the instant gratification which we call college life, I was greeted by my dog with many wet kisses upon my arrival. The "Ivy League Hustle" somehow motivated my mother to buy me a beautiful new luggage set that I have yet to fill. I only have a couple days left to pack and get ready, and yet, blogging has been a major issue on my mind. I have never found myself to classify particularly as a blogging type; my humor in conversation usually comes from inappropriate comments or actions that challenge the social norm, something which is very hard to express through written word. However, I know I would regret not having some in-print memories, so I will be building this online scrapbook, as my trip unravels. Read the entries, flip through the pictures, do what you like. I'll probably end up making a Facebook album that you can creep on later if you are that type, but if you are sitting on a hammock in mid-June, and suddenly, you wonder "What is my dear friend Suzie doing right now?" then you will know where to go. .
2: MUNICH | GERMANY | ARRIVED 25 MAY 2012 | is the capital of Bavaria and the third largest city in Germany. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps.
3: Miss Skeptical Sally You never really notice how big a plane is until you are sitting on the wing in a life vest. Well, I've never actually done that, but planes are pretty huge. The flight was delayed after "a navigation bulb" went out but chatty little Miss Skeptical Sally in front of me claimed they were lying, and that her iPhone said we were delayed long before the bulb incident. | The Lost American An older man at the airport saw me buying a ticket out of the machine and asked for my help. We ended up chatting it up on the forty minute train ride to the Hauptbahnhof, although I didn't find much interesting about him. Except that he was an older man who does not speak any German who comes to Germany often. | Almost Lost Well, karma would have it that I would get lost when a couple of us took the S-Bahn in the wrong direction. And, to make matters worse, we got off at an abandoned station and had to wait at least a half hour for any train to come at all. Regardless, the dorm single is great and I am ready to explore!
4: ZUGSPITZE | German Alps | 29 MAI 2012
5: Zugspitze is about 3,000 meters and is the highest mountain in Germany. Our planned leisurely 3 hour hike turned into a 10 hour adventure.
6: Beautiful views quickly turned into DANGER
7: Notice where I am standing and where I need to go. Note the footprints around the valley. This was just the beginning of the "no path" adventure. Snow covered the path and we had already traveled too far to retrace our steps. We needed to start heading down the mountain to find a gondola or at the very least, a path. Little did we know what was at the top left corner of this picture.
8: This is where we needed to go.... (those little dots are people from our group) | And so.... We started scaling the mountain, using what traction and gripping we had
9: But I must admit, the most exciting thing I have ever done was body slide down the Alps. It was 100 times better than any roller coaster ever. We sat or laid on raincoats and went down the snow! There was no other way to walk down without slipping, and all 24 of us made it safely.
10: Farewell Germany... until next time....