So how’s my German coming along? Well, it’s better than it was last week! People can finally understand me (for once in my life!) and I like to believe I now have a sexy American accent when I’m speaking German. Before I continue any further, I’d like to address some rumors and speculation that are going around. It is true, that, I indeed, got kicked out of Oktoberfest. What is not clear is why. There are many stories going around but to be honest Oktoberfest is still one big blur. There was dancing, there was singing, and of course there was beer drinking (3 liters). No one will ever know for sure why I was kicked out, but one thing is certain; I was escorted out by security. I’m not trying to brag, I just want to keep my friends and family informed.

Adventures

So what have I been doing? Well last weekend I was in Bavaria, feeling the magic. The weekend started with a visit to the Saturday market in the town square (sorry no pictures!) and on Sunday we left early to go visit Neuschwanstein Castle. It was raining but that wasn’t a problem cause I’m from Oregon and we’re all hardy people (who don’t need umbrellas). The day started with an audio guided tour in a museum, which is a lot more interesting than it sounds! After that, we got to tour the inside of our first castle (yes, there were two!)

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Schloss Hohenschwangau from Schloss Neuschwanstein

I couldn’t take pictures while inside nor would I want to. The castles were beautiful and are best experienced in person. After Hohenschwangau, we made our way over to Neuschwanstein or better known as THE Disney castle. It was simply breathtaking. Ludwig the II (the King of Bavaria at the time) was declared insane before it’s completion and was mysteriously found dead in the Lake before his vision could be fully realized. As such, the Disney castle is a castle without a throne. It has a beautiful throne room but no throne! Some points of interest in the castle were: The entire interior, whether it was the detailed carvings or painted murals, or better yet, the cave in the middle of the castle (yes, I said cave), it did not disappoint. Touring the castles took all day, so we decided to spend the night in Neu-Ulm.

Neu-Ulm und Ulm

The airbnb cost 12 Euros, it was amazing. Other than that, I slept in a comfy bed, went to a market, and visited the childhood home of Einstein (which I thought was cool and may have more or less “convinced” the rest of my group to go see).

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“Here stood the house in which, on May 14th, 1879. Albert Einstein came into the world”

Surprise! The house was gone. But, hey, it was still pretty cool. Then after our brief tour of Ulm, we went to…

Lindau

Lindau is a tiny little island city, located on Lake Constance, one of the largest lakes in Europe, bordering Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

We it only takes a few hours to see everything but what a few hours they were. The day ending with skipping rocks and soaking in the beauty.

That’s a wrap! Danke for reading and stay Classy friends!

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