Well I finally got my trip to Germany!
The week leading up to our trip was uneventful but was full of writing assignments.
We left on Friday afternoon by train toward Munich. Luckily, my German-speaking buddy, Gabriella was on board with Vlad, Robin and I and she informed us that the train would be separating in two once we arrived in Salzburg. Thankfully we got off at the next top and got onto the train that actually was going to Munich.
Once arrived in Munich, it didn't take much effort to find the Hostel where we would be setting up camp for the next three nights. The rest of our travel group was waiting for us there so we had a chance to plan the next few days. And because we were in Munich, we decided to square dance.
The next day was 33 degrees- heat that certainly wasn't familiar to us in Vienna. We spent the majority of the day touring the carnival and exploring Spring Fest. Spring Fest is a smaller version of Oktoberfest and sees 2 million visitors. There are two beer and sausage tents complete with a band (with tuba) playing traditional German music.
The following day got off to a slow start because our ride was two hours late picking us up. We had planned to visit to Neuschwanstein castle and Dachau Concentration Camp, but only made it to the concentration camp.
The experience there was a somber and sobering one to say the least. Most of the sites have been recreated with the exception of the cremation site and gas chamber. I won't get into the historical details about it, but I'm sure you can imagine what it felt like to be there.
Following that, the four of us (Robin, Robert, Johan and myself) went to a local restaurant for traditional white sausage. We then headed back to Munich to regroup with the others who had been back at the beer tents.
The next morning, Robin and I got up for a walking city tour (the same one everyone took yesterday while we were at the concentration camp). It was a wonderful tour that took us around all the famous sites and gave a very informative history lesson to boot! Four hours later when it was complete, we headed back to the hostel. Everyone later joined us and we hooped a train back to Vienna. The train stopped somewhere outside of Salzburg and from what I gather, it was because of he delay. Because of that, we had to get on another train to Salzburg and then take another to Vienna. We got home a lot later than we thought we would.
I'd say this was the best trip to date!