We made it back home to Medford on Wednesday 10/3, it was a very long day after spending the night in the airport in Munich. When we arrived in Munich we dropped our bags off in the luggage lockers and then headed off to catch another train to Fussen, Germany home of the Neuschwanstein Castle. We didn't realize it was that far away but it took about 2 hours to get there and then we couldn't figure out how to get to the castle. Luckily we happened upon some other young travelers that got to the information booth first and were told to hop on a bus. We were able to get to the bus just as it was pulling out of the station. When we finally got to the ticket booth we were told that they were all done with their English tours for the day, but we could get an audio guide in Spanish, French, Italian, or Chinese if we wanted it. We figured since we had already come this far we might as well go on the tour and just look around. After a rigorous 1 mile hike uphill we finally made it to the castle...a little winded but we made it (it really was steep...we promise). When it was time to pick out our audioguide they didn't even give us one, they told us just to walk through. We felt a little cheated because why wouldn't you have an audioguide in English? Anyway, after going up a spiral staircase we came across the throne room which had amazing paintings all over the wall and decked out in gold and jewels, it was amazing. The rooms were smaller than Heather had thought that they were going to be but the view was AMAZING! We weren't allowed to take pictures inside so we opted for taking pictures out the windows at the countryside.
After touring the rest of the castle we made our way back down the hill and got back on the bus to take us to the train station. Once there we had just missed a train that would have taken us back to Munich but we decided to stay for another hour so that we could get something to eat. We found a nice little cafe called "Cafe Weiner" and just because of the name we decided to go inside. It was more upscale than we had imagined. The waiter gave us the menus and it was more money than we had spent on a meal the entire trip but since it was our last night we decided to splurge...we tried to choose the cheapest thing on the menu which turned out to be pasta. While we were waiting for our food the waiter brought out something on fancy silver spoons. We didn't know what to do with it so we were just smearing it on our bread (later we found out that it was an appetizer...we're not used to eating at places like that) When Eden received her meal she had a head of a crawfish as decoration...at least we think it was decoration, she broke it open but there wasn't any edible inside. Once we finished our meal we went back to the train station and waited for the next train to come. Once we got back into Munich it was around 11pm, which was what time Oktoberfest had ended. We were able to pick up our bags and then we waited for the next train that could take us to the airport. On that 10 minute train ride there were some interesting characters that sat down next to us that had had a few too many, one of them kept invading Heather's personal space while trying to talk to her. We made it to the airport and found some nice wooden benches to lie on for the night, right in front of a bakery. Eden was able to sleep on the very uncomfortable chairs but Heather couldn't (the custodians were making too much noise). It was an interesting experience.
It was a long flight from Munich to Denver, over 10 hours long but they fed us well and kept us entertained. We got to watch Evan Allmighty and Oceans 13 again and we slept the rest of the time. We made it into Denver and had to rush off the plane and go through customs (which didn't take as long as it did in London) and get our other plane tickets through United and go through security again. We made it through without incident and it was nice to be able to speak English again and have people understand you. We then flew from Denver to San Francisco and then from San Francisco to Medford. It's nice to be home again with friends and family, and to be able to have this experience is AMAZING!!!