Call Me Maybe!

by Heidi Obermeyer

Hello everyone! First of all, let’s start off with this ridiculously catchy song. Then, let’s watch the video that has gotten it stuck in my head all day:

 

Bahaha! Too funny. Well played Harvard Baseball, well played indeed. Summer appears to be in full swing in München suddenly, which is excellent, but, on an unrelated note, I’ve got a few noteworthy happenings to tell you about! Let’s get started:

  1. Field trip time!

I took a class last semester called something along the lines of “Places of Memory: Collective Remembrance of National Socialism in Modern Germany.” The class covered some really interesting stuff, and the professor works for the Modern History Institute of Germany primarily on Obersalzburg, which is where Hitler had his mountain getaway during the 3rd Reich. He took us up there in May (because the weather would have been awful for venturing into the mountains in February) and gave us a really in-depth private tour of the bunkers and remaining grounds. The “Eagle’s Nest”, a building perched up on the top of a mountain, was still too snowy to go visit, but we got a look at it from below:

Berchtesgaden, Germany

Another view of the visitor’s center, or “Documentationszentrum.” Pretty beautiful place eh?

Berchtesgaden, Germany

Another view from around the area:

Berchtesgaden, Germany

Lots of the documentation center’s exhibits are also in the bunkers- and they are extensive! There’s over 5 km that used to stretch between all sorts of buildings. Here’s some cool graffiti from American troops who arrived in 1945.

Berchtesgaden, Germany

2. Picnics in the Englischer Garten.

The nicest weather since I got here in September has been in the last few weeks, so there’s been a fair amount of walking/picnicking/sunning in the Englischer Garten with the rest of the city! A warm Saturday is the perfect storm- unlimited space and the chance to start working on their tans brings out the Müncheners in droves. Look how crowded it gets!

Munich, Germany

3. Frühlingsfest.

This actually ended last weekend, but better late than never! Basically, it’s mini Oktoberfest with more tourists, fewer locals, and just two tent options. At least the ferris wheel was there again, which I finally took a (somewhat anti-climactic) ride on. But who can say no to any opportunity to get into tracht?!

Munich, Germany

And our favorite Christmas market treat, gebrannte Mandeln, made a comeback! Hooray!

Munich, Germany

 

4. Kinder Pinguins.

Nope, not the animals- the mini chocolate dessert bar-type things I cannot get enough of. Is it ice cream? Is it whipped cream? Is it magic? We may never know.

Munich, Germany

And on that note, I leave you my friends. Or rather, a few friends come to me- I’ve got 3 visitors coming over the next few weeks and I couldn’t be more excited to host some Ameris around here! It’s time to get some good pictures of this town in the summertime, which I’m sure you’ll see lots of in the coming weeks. Until then! 🙂

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