Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Day 6: Train time, Munich, Freising

After putting the last few Vaughn crowns towards a shuttle to the train station, we zoomed over to the main train station (passing PwC Prague along the way - I just can't escape work) with plenty of time to spare before our departure. Trinity and I made a provision run that consisted of a Coca-Cola Light for me and a few more candy bars for him (although they were really for Steven - nice job as a candy bar mule, Mr. Vaughn), and we hopped on the train and muscled our way to our (thankfully) reserved seats. We shared our little compartment of six seats with a middle-aged Czech couple for the beginning of the ride, and I was amused when the guy popped open beer can #1 at about 9:15 in the morning and proceeded to down it with sandwich #1. He ate more in the few hours he was on the train than all of us combined. Ok, maybe not quite that much, but part of his snack brigade consisted of this awesome looking cake that I stole a glance at more than a few times. We really should have traded candy bar for cake - I can get all the Snickers and Mars bars I want back home.

After NOT transferring trains in some scary Czech train station, spending some quality time with our books, and clapping for Trinity's Pinocchio performance with his new marionette, Megan got off at Freising and the rest of us rolled into Munich around 3:00 or so. After checking in at our hotel and hauling our somewhat-heavier bags up those same flights of stairs one last time, we stopped at Damenstiftskirche to check out a life-sized wood carving of the Last Supper, which is a pretty impressive work of art. From there we walked over to the Viktualienmarkt, Munich's local outdoor farmers market of sorts behind the Marienplatz, to check out the wares and grab a snack/light meal/more food than we really intended to eat. Oh, and they also have a maypole, which is just fun! And highly traditional, of course. I was in absolute food heaven here checking out all of the offerings. We encountered a plethora of fruits, veggies, cheese, meat, bread, honey, cutesy crafty stuff....and pretty much every variety of potato you could ever imagine. And massive, massive displays of asparagus, which was WAY in season while we were there. It's one of the few German words I picked up along the way - spargel! It's totally fun to say. Oh, and sausage and beer in the biergarten! After wandering and letting me indulge in culinary photography moments, we grabbed some bratwurst and beer for a break in the biergarten.

After our market adventures we hopped back on the S-Bahn to head up to Freising to meet Steven and Megan for dinner and a mini-tour of Freising. Interesting point on Freising - it's covered in bears! No need to fear for your life...it's just a ton of bear statues. Something about a saint or a bishop taming bears...something something. We're also in the land of Haribo, famous makers of gummy bears, so I was particularly amused by the gummy bear bear. We had dinner at a local Italian restaurant and then stopped off for a few (large!) beers - good times for all! We spent a little time at their adorable apartment waiting for the next train to come through, then took our tired selves back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.

The semi-intact roof of the Prague train station makes for some nice artsy shots:

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