"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." [Mark Twain]

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Riding Munich: Fahrräder, Nacht & Männer

One of the best gifts I've ever received? 

Mein Fahrrad. 

So it happened last Friday after such a busy day/week at work on a nice cool day in Munich. After rushing to finish all of my work and being asked to help with things even after 5pm, I finally took off from work at around 6ish to head straight to Munich's city center. I was off to meet Heather and a bunch of other friends at our beloved Happy Hour spot by at least 7pm--the start of the 3 € per liter of Augustiner beer Happy Hour. So it was just Heather and I sitting at the bar and chatting with our friend Annabelle who works the bar. :) Out of nowhere, she tells us that there are all these left behind bikes in their courtyard and takes me to check them out. All 5 of them were in good condition, but I took the most ridable one of course!! So, there was my bike. I was searching for one on eBay for about 3 weeks and trying to find one in Munich beforehand that wasn't too killer expensive. So, to say the least Annabelle was my first Friday night Lebensretter (lifesaver). Saturday I went to pick it up and have been enjoying it's speed and views ever since--minus the extremely high seat and the light that doesn't work at night! Now I can bike to work or even visit the city center in about a 20 minute ride! Amazingly lucky.

To continue on that Friday night, I drank 3 Maß of beer (3 liters) from 7 to 9pm and had to take off for some sleep before 10:30pm! It was such a memorable night--learning new drinking games, meeting Australians, and having good friend time. Jäger's is definitely a Happy Hour Hot Spot!! :D 

So my first time ever singing karaoke was in 2008 in Frankfurt, Germany. To reinforce my karaoke tradition, I continued my vocals at Shamrock's Irish Pub last Tuesday night. We sang so many songs: Spice Girls, Maroon 5, and whatever else was movin'! That was also the first time I gave myself a curfew to go home early enough to get up awake for another day at work. Curfew at 10:30  

Dating in Germany is pretty common as in the US it is pretty much fading out. I have been on a few dates here, but no one has really caught my attention at all. They have all been really nice and good-looking, but I find no passion in them, which tends to be a real turn off. I'm not 'looking' for any guys here at all actually, but it is always best to try a chocolate covered olive just to see how it is. After the langweilig (boring) dates and dull make outs, I've come to realize that German boys are just not my type and I will probably not end up trying them out anymore. They have all been about the same in attitude and their kissing--lacking passion. So sad, but true. But, I'm sure there must be at least one German who can disprove me. FYI: Of my international kissing scene, Germans have been by far the worst. Looks can definitely deceive! :D 

Festivals and parties in Munich are always in action. To know the action, one must join the action. Therefore, I have spent countless evenings rushing from work to go home and change for the next event in Munich. Sommerfest in Olympia Park was the entire month of August--FREE--with live concerts every night, German/Turkish fair food, roller coasters, and spinning bar carousels. Last Sunday was the best. I felt right at home. About 8 friends and I chilled out on a spot of grass with the numerous mosquitoes and tried to play different games we knew, shared some beers and fair food, and jammed out to the Bluegrass Band adjacent to us. Bluegrass music on a nice spot of green park grass wearing a skirt made me feel so at home and happy. I can't wait for the next Bluegrass concert in Munich!!! 

There is SO much I do here in Munich that is extremely hard to keep up with jotting it down and having a horrible memory can't help any! So I just write what I'm thinking about at the moment and hope that the rest will just come to me. :)

New Experiences
Owning a bike in Germany
Having a chocolate covered apple (from the summer fest in Olympia Park)
Having a German working for BMW tell me that my German is better than his English (I felt amazing since almost everyone here in Munich speaks pretty perfect English!!)
Hosted my first dinner party

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