Bavaria, Germany

The next 3 cities were all in Bavaria: Oberammergau, Munich, and Bamberg.

​Only in Munich: sleeping with Lederhosen on. It's shocking how many people associate Lederhosen/Dirndl and the Bavarian flag with all of Germany, when in fact Bavaria is probably the least German state (in that it has a not-so-active independence movement). When I'm feeling matter-of-factly I sometimes call people out on it (especially if they have the nerve to ask me how many Lederhosen I own). Sadly at Haus Mitt I only propagated this stereotype because it's the easiest custom to imitate/decorate/dress up as. In reality, it really is a different area in terms of accent, culture, and wealth.
​Only in Munich: sleeping with Lederhosen on. It’s shocking how many people associate Lederhosen/Dirndl and the Bavarian flag with all of Germany, when in fact Bavaria is probably the least German state (in that it has a not-so-active independence movement). When I’m feeling matter-of-factly I sometimes call people out on it (especially if they have the nerve to ask me how many Lederhosen I own). Sadly at Haus Mitt I only propagated this stereotype because it’s the easiest custom to imitate/decorate/dress up as. In reality, it really is a different area in terms of accent, culture, and wealth.
Hippy music/food/products festival we checked out in Munich: everything organic, fair traded, and GMO-free.
Hippy music/food/products festival we checked out in Munich: everything organic, fair traded, and GMO-free.
My favorite flamboyant Ginko-tree salesman doing what he does best (at Tollwood).
My favorite flamboyant Ginko-tree salesman doing what he does best (at Tollwood).
The makers of the Eisbach (in Munich) had not intended to create a surfable wave in the water just as it exits this bridge. Surfing was banned for a while because it is really easy to die if you get smashed into the concrete bottom that's just barely visible at the top-right of the picture, just before the white churn. However, people continued surfing, so now they just have do-it-at-your-own-risk signs. Another great part about not-US: liability is effectively just a personal affair. Also leads to better playgrounds, etc.
The makers of the Eisbach (in Munich) had not intended to create a surfable wave in the water just as it exits this bridge. Surfing was banned for a while because it is really easy to die if you get smashed into the concrete bottom that’s just barely visible at the top-right of the picture, just before the white churn. However, people continued surfing, so now they just have do-it-at-your-own-risk signs. Another great part about not-US: liability is effectively just a personal affair. Also leads to better playgrounds, etc.
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​I had a nerd moment when I understood what was going on: a train will start, and then at some midway point split into two pieces to go to two different final destinations. Saves the cost of one conductor (as well as the added bridge closings) of two trains for the combined stretch!
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While walking down a back alley, we saw a bottling plant in action. Our teacher stopped to ask if we could check it out, and they let us in! It was super cool seeing all parts of this chain…starting with the used Mehrwegflaschen! Germany has a bottle-deposit system, and some bottles are reused without being destroyed at all! In this plant, they are cleaned, checked, filled, capped, washed, labeled, and put in cartons! It was awesome.
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German license plates give you the opportunity to construct your own favorite words…especially with city code BA (Bamberg).
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