07.04.2012 - 07.07.2012
And then we come to Munich (München in German). This city is splendid. I've been here before, on my way back from Venice, but that was at 7 AM in the morning. First impression of the city, it's a highly commercialized place with a lot of immigrants. But then I realized that's only because I was near the train station. The farther I got from the train station, I got the German feeling of it. The city is just amazing. After getting to the hostel, we all quickly went to grab some dinner since we were all hungry after a 5 hour train ride. We went to a nearby Chinese restaurant, and thankfully I found something vegetarian there, even though it wasn't all that good. But then me and a few other friends just went to a pub to hang out. It was a good time and we got back around 12.30 since we had a morning trip planned for next day. It was one of my friend's birthday, which is why staying back past midnight was so important.
We made a trip to Siemens AG headquarters. I was totally impressed by the things they do, and I'm not gonna type all that. We got to see a whole lot of things and I got to know the company much better than what I knew about it. It was a fun experience and I'd definitely have considered working there if it had aerospace departments. Another impressive thing about them is their cafeteria! The cafeteria was even more amazing than the company itself. I can't believe they get so many choices of food, drinks, and desserts, especially considering that the cafeteria at GE (that's where I work) are much poorer. We went back to the hostel and got a quick nap before doing a scavenger hunt infused city tour - we basically had to answer questions on a worksheet that was given to us, and to fill that worksheet in we had to go around the city and see the famous places! Then we ate at this very old biergareten called Augustiner. They are actually very popular locally for their beer and beer customs ("the mass"). After that, I just ended up hanging out around the city with some friends and enjoy the Munich night life!
I woke up late on Saturday and after grabbing some lunch went to the Deutsches Museum. This was the best museum I've ever been in. It's a technology museum and they've displays of everything - electricity supply, trains, aviation, space stuff, cars, scooters, bikes, home appliances, bikes, motorbikes, etc. JUST TO NAME A FEW! Man, it was such a great visit. If possible I'd like to go there again, since I wasn't able to cover even half of it. It's HUGE! We directly went to a beer brewery from there, we had a visit planned there and got to learn some stuff about the processing and business strategy of a regular German brewery. It was the Paulaner brewery, it's very famous here in Munich. Later in the evening we went to Tollwood Music Festival in the Olympic Park. Got to see the park and the stadiums from outside. The festival was fun too, a bit crowded, but pretty lively. We didn't actually go see the music part, just had food there and hung out for a bit.