Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Munich

Once we were filled with Beer from Oktoberfest main grounds we headed into town.
Again I was totally awe-struck by, well pretty much everything. Above is the town hall. Although it looks old it was built in the last 100 years.


We took a guided walking tour of the city to get an intro to the sights. Although we did learn a bunch both Ashley and I found the information pretty mediocre. Considering we spent €12 each most likely with our guide book in hand we could have learned as much if not more about the various sights. C'est la vie.

One of the first stops was the big church which was constructed in a mere 20 years. This is primarily due to the simple design and brick and mortar materials. A handful of other sites below:



Above is the English Gardens, the biggest public park in the city, and actually one of the biggest urban parks in the world. A handful of nude sun bathers were out, but figured I'd keep the blog rated G and not snap a picture.

A man made waterfall (by lowering the bottom of the river after the fall) is just one of the many stops in the park.
Surfing is the other. The wave is created by a man made concrete section of the river. The surfing community petitioned to allow them to use it. Just in the past year the government allowed people to surf at their own risk. Canadian government would never allow this and claim "Liability!" all over the place. Germans are less up-tight then us Canadians? ouch!

The Hofbrauhaus was a fun stop. We didn't stay since we had our fill of beer halls in Oktoberfest.

The tour ended back were we started in the heart of Munich. That gold statue is the very center of the city. With sore feet we sat and had a quick snack before heading back to the hotel to rest.

Oktoberfest

After our scouting yesterday we went back today to really take in Oktoberfest. We wandered around the grounds again to see things during the day.
This was one of the smaller beer halls. Not too many people as we got there around 11am, only an hour after the grounds opened.
I believe my words when I saw this giant metal lady were: "What the crap for crap, that thing is huge!" This is my first exposure to these sort of sights in Europe. This picture doesn't even come close to doing it justice. To get an idea of scale, look at the people sitting at the bottom. Even with that there is something very different about actually being here and seeing it close up. It'll be interesting when we see grander and grander sights. (Dad saying "I can visit it via the computer" doesn't even come close. It's like saying you've experienced driving a car because you watched it on TV.)
FYI: This statue is of Bavaria (the lady's name), the protector of the region, standing next to a lion, the symbol of the region.
At the top of the monument you get a really nice view of one side of the Oktoberfest grounds.
But enough looking around, it's time for beer and pretzels! We grabbed a table with a few other out-of-towners. One couple from the USA, the other from China. Great beer (yes those are 1 full liter mugs). Many a "PROST!" were had as we clinked glasses.
Music was provided by a live Oompah band.
You could also order varioius wurst (sausage) which usually comes with sauerkraut.
A handful of rowdy hours later we were done our couple rounds of beer (final round was a sprite/beer mix called a Radler which was very yummy).
Had to take a quick snap shot by one of the old fashioned beer wagons pulled by a team of horses.
And then we said "Auf Wiedersehen" to Oktoberfest to tour around the rest of Munich.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Well, we landed safe and sound in Muich. Was a long 10 hours flight and neither Ashley or I got any sleep. A simple case of not being able to get comfortable. AirBerlin was a great airline. Figured it would be cattle car the whole way since it's a discount airline, so we prepared for the worst. We got two decent meals, a handful of drink tea/coffee carts, wine with meals, a hot towel to wake up before breakfast and landing, and a bag of goodies including: eye mask, earplugs, socks, blanket, and pillow.


On the first night decided to head down to Oktoberfest to check it out. It was a huge fair with drinking and carnival games. The odd stumbler, but almost a family atmosphere. Great times.


This grand building was our way point for finding our way back to CVJM where we are staying. Love Europe for random wonderful buildings like this.



Ashley and I are both totally zonked. We got up at 5:30am and kept going for over 26 hours straight. Our rooms were delayed for cleaning so we ended up crashing in the small chapel room as it was dark and relatively quite. Finally got into our rooms at 4:00pm Munich time (7am next day canada time). So going to bed and then back to Oktoberfest to try our luck inside one of the beer tents. Prost!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Adventures in Nanaimo

I bet you weren't expecting to see this! Germany doesn't hold a candle to Nanaimo BC! More accurately, creating good habits of tossing up a quick blog post of our adventures, even if they aren't in proper date order.
Posing with the founder of the bathtub races and many wonderful things in Nanaimo.

Mom and dad with their usual outburst of PDA.



A great blue heron made of metal. It's a wonderful piece we'd be happy to have in our yard.
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And we are off!

And we are off! Living on Vancouver Island travels always start with BC Ferries.
We really do live in a beautiful place.
It was hard saying goodbye to all the lovely people in our lives. Although the bitterness became sweet once we realized just how many wonderful people we have in our lives. We will miss you all!
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Goodbye Kimberly House

Well, the moving is finished. The house is moved and cleared out. Our things are gone. Amazing how fast a home can change into a building.

This little abode is where Ashley grew up in Canada. Where she lived when we first started dating. Where we built our first married home.

Many lovely memories and we will miss her walls. She was good to us.



So long Kimberly House.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Moving On, Moving Out

Today the movers came. Owen and I were packing until 12:30am last night.
1 word = exhausted.
Owen's mom was an AMAZING help! She packed the entire kitchen. Honourable mention also goes to my dear friend Sabina, who even though she is also moving, found time to come and help.
Just a little more cleaning to do...and the few random things that are always missed. Almost there.

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