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Germany

Munich, King of Bavaria

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Initially Munich seemed a bit of a dirty big city. It’s smaller than Berlin, but walking the two minutes from the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) to our hostel was so similar to any big city you may happen to find yourself. It also has the lovely occasional sewer stench we’ve enjoyed everywhere in Europe. Grated sewer pit lids are not that cool of an idea.

Unfortunately we were filled with genuine fear and in trepidation when we reached our hostel, as something very disturbing awaited us. It was time to catch up with HEIDI BOGARN and SAILOR MOON!!! It was awesome to see the units and share stories of the crazy month that had been since we departed in London. Happy hour at the Hostel went very quickly indeed so we decided to head out for what one can only assume must be the most expensive coffee shop in all of Munich. Learn As You Travel Lesson #234: Order from a menu, don’t just randomly ask for things in a window and always get a bill. Unless of course you enjoy paying almost 30 euro for coffee and cake for four people, then you may just ignore this lesson.

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Czech it out – Cesky Krumlov

On Tuesday morning we caught a bus that took us the 3hours to Cesky Krumlov. Cesky Krumlov is a little UNESCO protected historical town south of Prague.

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We wandered around the town, walked for ages, found a cool park to sit in, on such a beautiful sunny day and ate a (many) trdelnik. We love Cesky Krumov and, as I’m sure everyone who’s been before me would say, it’s very beautiful and picturesque. During the week in winter though it is a tiny ghost town at night.

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I went to the supermarket in the afternoon to buy some stuff for dinner. It was a tiny supermarket with 2 chocolate aisles and hardly any real food. I spent a long time looking at everything trying to decipher what things were and eventually bought everything I needed and, as I later discovered, a few things I didn’t. Unfortunately, so far during this trip I’ve experienced a few of what we’re calling ‘Clare’s food fails’.

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‘Berlin you old dog’

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Riding around Copenhagen and Berlin has been totally awesome! It is such an awesome way to get around and see everything! It is pretty funny though how often you need to go to the toilet when you are out and about all day and there are none around. I have now gone in some ridiculously public locations! Clare is (genuinely reluctantly) getting much better at being look out too.
Fairly sure we saw Michael Goddard in Berlin the other day just juggling fire sticks in front of traffic at the lights and then hitting them up for loose coins. His usual tricks. We have seen so much of the city on our bikes. I loved the jewish memorial at night, but it was hell freaky! Walking through it makes your skin crawl. I think it is probably 30% what it commemorates and 70% feeling like you could be mugged from anywhere at any second, but it is definitely spooky.

On ya bike in Berlin

End of our first day in Copenhagen we had dinner with our airbnb hosts family and stayed up late watching a movie with Emil and Nynne. It was awesome to hang out with lovely people on the other side of the world.

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Weather was heaps warmer (maybe 1’C) the next day so we rode around for hours. We paid a visit to Europes’ longest shopping street and Jono got impatient with me when I wanted to go into shops (not sure what he thought we would be doing there…). We explored Christiania Island and rode through the Norrebro Cemetry. This is where Hans Christian Anderson is buried and people don’t seem to find it weird or creepy to walk their dog and hang out in here. It was pretty beautiful.

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