Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dear Munich: May I come back, please?

When I was a kid, my family moved around a lot. I saw (and lived in) well more than my fair share of the United States, and maybe that burned me out on travel. I certainly never had the wanderlust that many people I know have. Sure, I thought it might be neat to see London or maybe Paris once, but you know, I hate planes, and travel means a lot of hassle and time away from home...

So that's how it came to pass that I spent thirty years on this spinning blue ball and only ever visited the North American land mass. But boy howdy, did THAT change in a hurry. It never rains but it pours, and a couple weeks ago I had occasion to collect a couple new continents.

I visited Munich, Tel Aviv, and London. It was a whirlwind tour, and I only really had any time to look around in Munich. That time, though, was well spent. I loved Munich, and I can't wait to go back.

My friend and colleague Jason Chen traveled with me. (I should say I traveled with him, because he's the experienced globetrotter. If you ever need to travel internationally, you could do a lot worse than picking Jason as your companion.) I mention that mostly to say that if you want to see some photos, you'll have to visit his site, since I am "between cameras" at the moment.

So as I said, I loved Munich. But there are so many questions! Like these:
  • Remember, it's spelt M-U-N-I-C-H, but it's pronounced "M√ľnchen". I guess? I need someone to explain this to me.
  • The Marienplatz is pretty awesome, but why is that building called the Glockenspiel? Was it named after a person? I need someone to explain this to me.
  • Some parts of the autobahn appeared to have speed limits, but I was unable to figure out what the pattern was. I need someone to explain this to me.
  • What is the name of that character that looks like a Greek beta with a long tail, and what is its phoneme? I need someone to explain this to me.
I realize that I could answer these questions via Wikipedia, but that would mean I'd have less reason to go back. I'd rather let them remain a mystery until I can take Aimee and go back, and have some of the amazingly friendly locals explain them to me.

Oh, and our Android session went really really well, too.


Anonymous said...

Let me know if you can't wait to go back and get answers from a M√ľnchener and are willing to get reasonably correct answers from a Bay area local who has been there several times and speaks a bit of German (well, as much as 3 years of night classes will allow).

robert at wombatnation dot com

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