Munich is a lovely and interesting city. More businesslike than Berlin, but with many quaint markets and clocks, including the famous Glockenspiel with its rotating “play” of storybook characters that spin three times per day.
In the category of “surprising to my North American eyes”, we saw river surfers in a large city park, found the Devil’s preserved footprint in a cathedral, and learned that in Germany tobacco comes with photos of corpses and people coughing up blood.
It’s always interesting how norms vary between cultures. Yesterday I saw a naked woman hanging out in the nudist-friendly area of a public park (this would be considered quite wild at home, not to mention illegal) but 16 year-olds can drink beer here, and there’s nary a gun in sight.
We’ve done enough traveling that I find these differences interesting rather than good or bad. Although every we visit Europe I come away with the feeling that we Americans criminalize a lot of things unnecessarily.
We’ve reached the point in our trip where it’s time to squeeze in our last bit of sightseeing before heading home. Seattle awaits!
But first, castles.