Last night ended up being really crazy. I hung out at the bar with these 3 Swiss guys, as well as a Scottish guy, and some other people. We hung out in the bar at the hostel until last call, and then we headed out to party in Munich.
I don’t really remember what happenned. We went dancing, of course, and drank, but I can’t even tell you the clubs that we went to. I got separated from the people I was with at around 4am, and ended up going to get late night food, before stumbling back to the hostel (I’m not quite sure how I made it back at all, considering that I completely broke my phone and was alone).
Along the way I was also accosted for my money. These 2 big guys just came up to me and asked me for it, but I told them I didn’t have any – which was true. I even showed them my pockets. I guess a drunked idiot tourist is an easy target. In my opinion, the worst part of the night was when we were in a dance club, and I leaned in to say something to some girls, and their immediate initial reaction was like: “if you don’t go away, we’ll call security.” … I was like, okay…
Anyway, I made my way back to the hostel at 5am after stumbling around the streets of Munich and somehow made it back here….
Then Day 6 began. It began quite late, as I was still kind of drunk when I woke up in the morning. I headed to a handyshop and purchased a cheap Android phone, which I ended up returning a few minutes later because it was so bad. I ended up with the European version of the Galaxy S3. So that it my fourth phone in 12 months. Haha.
I then installed some apps and hung out in the common area, talking (or rather attempting to talk with Amy, since she was too busy texting her new boyfriend from Berlin)………. Anyways, I saw the Swiss guys again and then it was time to head out to Allianz arena for the Bayern Munich game.
I hopped on the U5, then the U6, which was completely packed with Bayern fans, and rode for about 30 minutes to the northeast side of the city. The funniest part of the train ride there was seeing people drinking beer on the subway, haha. It was a perfect day for a football match, 60 or 70 degrees and sunny.
I went inside, got a beer, and headed to my seat. I was up on the third level, to Neuer’s left in the first half, about level with the corner of the pitch. I was on the first row, which was pretty cool, since there is nobody to block the game from view. The atmosphere was pretty cool, in the Kop-area (I don’t know another word for this), people were standing the whole time, loudly cheering and bouncing up and down wildly. Bayern completely dominated the game, you could tell from the possession they enjoyed early on that they were an absolute class football team. It’s incredible, their skills, and you really get to see it when you are at the stadium, as you can see their organization and structure a lot better than on the TV.
Lahm opened the scoring around the 20th minute. Tooooooor. “Phillipe”, the announcer yelled. “Lahm!!” the crowd responded. “Phillipe!” “Lahm!” “Phillipe!” “Lahm!”. Then, “How many for Bayern?” (of course this was said in German) – “One”. “How many for Werder Bremen?” – “None”. “Danke!” “Bitte!”. Haha.
They had some other cheers as well, many of which I wouldn’t be able to remember since I don’t really speak German.
Bayern went on to score six goals in total, winning the game with a clean sheet. It wasn’t even fair, 4-0 at halftime and some of the Werder fans were already leaving the stadium.
I would have got some pictures, but I was alone and didn’t want to ask anybody with my horribly broken German. I did take one shaky picture with my smartphone, but alas. At least I’ll have the memories of the game. This reminds me that I unfortunately lost some pictures from my last phone (or at least I can’t access them without a computer).
Once the game was over, I hopped on the crowded UBahn with what seemed like a million other Bayern fans and returned my ticket to Herr Kretlow. I would’ve had a beer with him, but I wasn’t feeling up to it, and besides I had already spent all my money at the Bayern game (only 5 euro, but…). I came back to the hostel, took a shower, and prepared for another night out.
Mind you I’m already exhausted of going out (or really just drinking in general). I stayed at the hostel bar the whole night, except for going out and upstairs with this group of German guys from Essien, who work at Deutsche Telekom. They were all pretty cool. The didn’t speak as much English at first, but a couple drinks loosened them up and we conversed about a ton of things: language, guns in Texas, what Essien is like, etc, etc.
Wohoo, more Facebook friends (I think I am going to end up doubling the number of friends I have).
We stayed out until last call, where I once again climbed up into bed and fast asleep.
My favorite part of Munich has been the hotel bar, full of it’s international people, and of course the most English-friendly place around.
There are a lot of things I like about Munich, but the language barrier is one of the things I hate. Especially around Germans, I usually keep my mouth shut, as I would be unable to converse with them (this is at places when I am alone, like the football match). I love the U-Bahn, and it’s very scenic in this city, but something about it doesn’t completely work for me. I think it’s fun to come here, but I still prefer Austin.
I extended my stay in Munich by 1 night, since I want to meet Ulrike and Desiree, my extended family members who live here (not sure how we are related…), and the German national rail network has been on strike. Ugh.
I am thinking about skipping Hamburg/Berlin/Cologne, and just doing a few more days in each city I’m going to. So, my next stop will be Amsterdam, on Monday. I need to go to the Haputbahnhof and activate my Eurail pass. I haven’t picked a place to stay, which I will do in a few minutes here.
Anyway, I woke up around 10:30am, and wrote this post to you all. I said goodbye to Amy, as she is going to the BMW museum today, which I have already done. I think my goal for today is to meet Ulrike and Desiree, which could be difficult given the train situation. No matter. I’m not in the mood to do anything, as I’m just a bit exhausted from constantly meeting all these people as well as drinking 1 liter as a standard drink size haha.
I’ll update ya’ll on what I do later, perhaps from the train tomorrow.
Oh also, this is Desiree apparently.
I’ll try to take more pictures, but I don’t always use my camera a ton (like at Dachau), especially in situations where I feel like I can always get a picture that is the same or better online. And when I am alone, I don’t usually as strangers for a picture, as it seem like a touristy thing to do, and we’ve already established that I don’t like standing out from the crowd.
So, Prost! I’ll see you later, come back and find out how I get to Amsterdam!