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SCHNEE!!!

I spent all day yesterday studying and it was only because I ran out of toilet paper that I realized I had to get out of the house and go shopping!  But I’m so very glad that happened, because as soon as I stepped outside I was rewarded by gentle and large snow flakes falling from the sky!  This morning I woke up to 8cm of snow on the ground, which has really gotten me into the holiday mood!  Unfortunately I don’t have a digital camera to take pictures of the beautiful winter wonderland, but I did find a few on the net.

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Here’s the center of Munich, Marienplatz, with a touch of snow! The little white roofs in the square are booth for the Christkindlmarkt, a.k.a. Weihnachtsmarkt, a Christmas market with arts and crafts and many yummy things to eat!  Here’s another picture from the other side of the square:

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This one is at night, when all the lights are on!  A friend of mine and I were comparing this to Rockafeller Center in New York (although I’ve never been there, she has…) and we both liked the subtleness and modesty of the lights in Munich.  Munich, being much smaller than New York, has it’s ice rink at another location…Karlsplatz, just down the street called the Fußgängerzone.

Also at the Christmas markets, one can enjoy a warm cup of Glühwein, a mulled wein that is vital to the German Christmas identity.  Here’s another picture:

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I’ve already had about 5 cups this winter so far…and tonight we’re having a big late Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner out our place, so more will be for the drinking!

And last, but not least, because it’s so very cute, I have a small holiday greeting for all of you!

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The Hofgarten

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This is the painting that I finished yesterday in the freezing cold!  I actually started painting it last July.  I gave myself the goal (since I’m not traveling, but in the city where I live) to not hurry myself and take as much time as I needed to do the painting.  I’m quite proud of it…but since I took the time, I spend about 2 hours in July and didn’t get around to doing more until 5 months later!  So, that explains why the trees are green, even though the painting was completed in winter.

This is a view from the Hofgarten, the royal garden behind the Residenz, looking southwest towards the Theatinerkirche (the mustard colored building) and the Frauenkirche.  I think it’s a beautiful skyline of Munich that many people don’t usually see…so I hope you enjoy it! (and spiffy…a German flag is in the background too!)

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Ein Prosit!

I was trying to think about what to write about these pictures…but most of them speak for themselves!  Maybe I’ll just write a few little subtitles. 🙂

Philipp and me standing outside of the Paulaner tent, where we met 3 years ago!

Philipp and me standing outside of the Paulaner tent, where we met 3 years ago!

Possibly the most famous tent at Oktoberfest..."The Sky of Bavaria"

Possibly the most famous tent at Oktoberfest..."The Sky of Bavaria"

Our table with all our friends - looks almost like a painting with the lighting!

Our table with all our friends - looks almost like a painting with the lighting!

to the toilets

Where everyone inevitably goes: to the toilets

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A few weeks ago Philipp, Isy (a friend of mine here in Dachau) and I went to the Wildpark Poing…full of furry and very fierce creatures!  I was actually quite surprised…the German attitude to zoos is very different…all of the non-dangerous animals were just walking around!  And apparently Bighorns are not considered dangerous!  Here are some pictures:

Me feeding a cute deer!

Me feeding a cute deer!

A buddy I found dozzing in a log!

A buddy I found dozzing in a log!

no lions or tigers...but BEARS!

no lions or tigers...but BEARS!

Wildschwein...thank goodness for zoom lenses!

Wildschwein...thank goodness for zoom lenses!

Baby Wildschweine!

Baby Wildschweine!

A lynx...but not a bobcat!

A lynx...but not a bobcat!

An alpine bighorn...and this picture I took without the zoom lens!

An alpine bighorn...and this picture I took without the zoom lens!

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Oktoberfest…here I come!!!

In 1810 King Ludwig I married Therese von Saxe-Hildburghausen. As a wedding gift, she got a field.  A field! Can you imagine?  The wedding was held at this field and all the people of Munich came.  They had a horse race and drank wine…but that wouldn’t last long.  The wedding party was so popular that the people of Munich partied again the following year, and then the year after that, and so on…in 1818 they started drinking beer instead of wine and viola!  Oktoberfest was born.

I can now start the countdown to Oktoberfest! 10 Days! And I think it’s important to remember that Oktoberfest started out as a wedding because love is very much in the air!  3 years ago this Oktoberfest is when I met Philipp!  And to get into the mood of the wonderful festivities, I have decided to post a bit about beer here in Munich.  Here are a few pictures with stories:

Here is a picture from Oktoberfest in 2005, when I met Philipp.  He’s sitting on the left with Katha behind him, and then her boyfriend Thomas behind her.  I’m next to Karli on the right.  It’s funny to have pictures of Philipp and me on the very night that we met!

In this picture you can see the 6 breweries of Munich that are also at Oktoberfest.  They are (from the left): Augustiner, Spaten, Löwenbräu, Hofbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, and Paulaner.

This is a picture of Dachauer Volksfest, a beer festival held every year in Dachau in August.  It’s kind of like a mini Oktoberfest…I’m not going to post any more pictures of Oktoberfest in this post…I want to keep you in suspense for the pictures I’ll be taking this year!

This is a picture of me and my friend Travis at Dachauer Volksfest! At all of these beer festivals they oddly enough also have booths to buy yummy snacks such as Bratwurstsemmel, Leberkassemmel, and Crepes, and they also have carnival rides!!! It was great having Travis with me because he wanted to go on all the rides just like me! Some of the rides are like ferris wheels, but others aren’t quite so innocent, flipping you up and down and sideways…totally crazy!  That is when you need one of these:

This is a VOMITORIUM!!!  It’s where you can go to empty your stomach and then go out and drink more beer!  Good times!

And more good times will be coming soon! 10 days until Oktoberfest…

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Starnbergersee Part 2

The other location that Philipp and I went to at Starnberg Lake is actually the location the lake is most famous for. On June 13, 1886 King Ludwig II of Bavaria was found drowned in the lake. Ludwig II was the king who had Neuschwanstein built, the castle that the Disneyland Castle is modeled after. He was known as the “Fairy-Tale King.” At the location he was found dead, they later built a cross and Votivkirche, or a small votive chapel. Here are the pictures from there:

The Votivkirche

The Votivkirche

View of the cross in the water from the chapel

View of the cross in the water from the chapel

Close-up of the cross saying "Ludwig King of Bavaria" in German

Close-up of the cross saying

Some familiar faces

Some familiar faces

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I thought it might be a cool idea to write a blog comparing Reno and Munich, my two homes.

I love to catch Germans off guard by telling them, when they don’t know where Reno, Nevada is, that Germany and Nevada are actually pretty close in size! (I used to think that Nevada was twice as big, but I just looked it up and I guess it’s not.) The area size of Nevada is 110,567 sq mi or 286,367 km² and Germany is 137,847 sq mi or 357,021 km².

Reno is quite often called “The Biggest Little City in the World,” as you can see in the picture below. I looked it up, and it has a population of only 108,480 people! (Dachau, as it turns out, has 40,570 people…but I’m making a comparison with Munich for another reason) Munich has a population of 1,494,608 people!

Now, Reno, as a tourism/casino city, has quite it’s fair share of skyscrapers! The Reno skyline looks like this:

Munich, however, is basically skyscraper-less. If you take a look at the picture in my blog heading you can see the skyline of Munich. I love the fact that the Alps are in the background of that picture and the Sierra Nevadas are in the background of the Reno skyline picture! There is, however, a story about why there are no skyscrapers in Munich…

The city walls of Munich were built in 1634, during the Thirty Years War, in order to keep the impending Swedish army out of the city. A short while after the wall was built, the people of Munich passed a law that no building was allowed to be built higher than the Frauenkirche (The Church of our Lady, the Mother Mary) which was constructed from 1468 to 1488 and completed with the addition of green copper domes in 1525, making it 100 meters tall. Back in the 17th century, the city looked like this:

During World War II, about 80% of the inner city of Munich was bombed, but when they reconstructed the city, they decided to uphold this law, which is why Munich has retained it’s “small town” feel even though it is a worldly metropolis. That’s why there are no skyscrapers in the city, and today it looks like this:

I like to think that since I’ve gone from the Biggest Little City to the Littlest Big City, that I’m really not too far away from either home!

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