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Today is already my 14th day in Germany. Let’s recap, as I’ve been ever so neglectful of my dear blog for the past two weeks.

The Englischer Garten

On my first full day, Claudia took me on a bike tour of the city as the kids would be at school until 4pm. The famous Englischer Garten is only footsteps away from our neighborhood, so we finished the tour with a pleasant ride through my new, glorious “backyard,” which happens to be one of the world’s largest urban public parks. ┬áIt stretches farther than New York’s Central Park, although it is smaller than London’s Richmond Park. Decorated with beautiful trees and flowers, large bike and walking paths, multiple biergartens, and a lake which offers paddle boats and row boats for rent, it is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with family and friends. Not to mention, it is a choice location for people watching, and my favorite, dog watching. The Englischer Garten offers an area that is legal for dogs to run off of their leashes, which dog owners frequently take advantage of.

Dog watching – my favorite spotted dog

The following day was Sven’s birthday, and as a birthday treat I made the family pancakes for breakfast – one of Sven’s favorites. Although making pancakes is no glorious culinary accomplishment, I felt nervous preparing them as I have never been a natural when it comes to the kitchen. My boyfriend, David, who loves to cook and is quite good at it, will be the first to attest to this. Luckily, they tasted rather good and no one got sick – so overall the experience was successful.

That night I met Sven’s parents, his sister, and her daughter. We went to a traditional biergarten outside of the city limits. This was my first traditional German meal, and being able to experience it outside of a tourist trap such as the Hofbrauhaus made it all the better. Hours later, we were still there talking and drinking – a refreshing change to my usual rushed dinners in the States.

It was a lovely evening that would lead into a lovely weekend, as I was to be reunited with David for the first time since the first week of July.

At the Biergarten

He had been living in Berlin as an Au Pair for a family with two boys, but they were spending two weeks in Salzburg for a classical music festival which the family attends each year. As Salzburg is only a short train ride away from Munich, David was able to come visit for the weekend. I hadn’t had much time to explore the city yet, so we set out on this venture together. Our first stop: A biergarten, naturally.

After downing two beers each and David refueled himself with food, we wandered the Englischer Garten, admiring the gorgeous scenery and large population of dogs running about. The following day, we returned to the Englischer Garten as the weather presented itself with perfect conditions. Another biergarten was our first stop, where we ate incredibly overpriced food and drank overpriced beers. The biergarten sits right next to a lake, offering a spectacular view, which essentially was what we were paying for.

At this lake, boats can be rented for a small fee – we decided to rent an old fashioned row boat to tour the lake, take in the scenery, and enjoy the weather. As only one person could row, I kindly let David take charge while I sat back and took pictures.

That evening, a BBQ was held at home for Sven’s birthday. Here I was introduced to many of the family’s closest friends, as well as five or six little ones that ran around with Tristan and Jolina. I will admit, having that many kids in a small space, combined with meeting a large group of people I don’t know, was a bit stressful. Things finally calmed down once dinner was served and we were all able to kick back a little and relax.

The rest of the weekend was consumed with wandering the streets of Munich as tourists,

The Glockenspiel – Marienplatz

taking in the sights and snapping photos. Among our travels, we visited the Deutsch Museum and Marienplatz. And last but not least, we went shopping for lederhosen and a dirdnl – David being completely successful while I will have to search somewhere else another day… It’s a little over a month until the start of Oktoberfest – David will be returning to Munich, lederhosen and all, and by that time I will hopefully be adorned in a traditional dirdnl and ready to experience the festivities.

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