Snow Day!

It’s been snowing for the last couple days, and we took a break from our final exam studying to build a snow man!

-Eric

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Surfing the Eisbach River

There are various location to surf at here in Munich, but since Ricardo and I are only beginners, we tried the spot down river from the more popular surfing area on the eisbach. You kind of have to leap from the edge to make it to the wave, but it is excellent for learning. It was waaaay to freaking cold though, even with a wetsuit and shoes! I think I’m just going to wait for summer to come again.

-Eric

Fruhlingsfest Fireworks

For the last weekend of Fruhlingsfest, the “little Oktoberfest”, they had a firework display with music. I was all set up to get the famous ferris wheel in the picture with fireworks, but they turned off the lights right before they started, so i had to run and find a better spot! Managed to get a couple good ones though.

-Eric

The Endless Spiral Staircase

The subway line I usually take home was being repaired, so I had to take a bus route I had never been on. I randomly stumbled upon this crazy staircase in the middle of the courtyard of the KPMG building, and returned later with my camera. I wish they would let people go up it! Germany and all their rules spoiling the fun as usual.

-Eric

On Top of the Tower: Munich

After studying all day for final exams, a buddy and I decided to go to the top of the tower in Marienplatz for the sunset. They charge 1 euro to go up, and it’s definitely the best view in town. Beware, it gets pretty crowded up there!

-Eric

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Friends visiting in Munich

So a couple friends of mine from Mexico came and visited during the holidays and I showed them around the city. Here are just a couple pictures from their visit. I think my favorite has to be the one of the Antiquarium in the Residenz museum. It took a while to get this picture without a bunch of people walking through it, but patience paid off and I finally managed to get a good one! I also loved the one of my friends kissing in while going down the escalators to the subway 🙂 .

-Eric

Füssen and the Neuschwanstein castle

Last weekend I planned a trip to the city of Füssen which is about a 45 min hike to the world famous Neuschwanstein castle. We got there Sunday morning and walked around  town for a couple hours until we came across a park with great snow to make a snowman!

The next day we woke up early, grabbed breakfast at the local bakery, and started our short hike to the castle. We booked our tickets a couple days before, so we knew we had to be at the ticket center by 11am in order to take the castle tour.

This was my second time visiting this castle (last time was 2 years ago on my summer trip around Europe), but I’m so glad I got to experience it with snow everywhere!

-Eric

Marienplatz and the BMW museum

Last week we went downtown to Marienplatz and it was so crowded! So many tourists checking out the Christmas Market in the city center, but I managed to find a spot where I could get the Rathaus, Christmas tree, and Frauenkirche in the same picture. Later on we went to check out BMW welt. Engineer porn everywhere! haha. After leaving the museum, the sunset was sooo great over Olympiapark.

-Eric

Tegernsee

Last weekend we went to Tegernsee, a lake about 45 min south of Munich. When we got there we went to a bakery and a cheese shop and gathered supplies for our picnic. We set up shop at a table right next to the lake and enjoyed the scenic views for a couple hours. Afterwards we rented an electric boat for 14 euros/hr and wandered around the lake. It’s definitely a great day trip for anyone in the Munich area!

-Eric

Autumn at the Englischer Garten

The Englischer Garten is a huge park in the center of the city that I’ve been biking through everyday for the past month in order to get to classes. I’ve never lived in a city where the season changes were so noticeable. Autumn has definitely arrived, and with it all red, orange, and yellow foliage. Also, one of my favorite parts of the park is the area where there is an artificial wave in the river where people actually surf!! So cool. I’m going to have to try it, but once it gets warmer again.

-Eric