|Typical Bavarian meal of a pretzel, beer, and white sausage|
I slept soundly all the way up until my alarm this morning, a whole twelve hours.
Now that I’m not so tired, it’s perfect here. It’s a little hot but nothing I’m not used too. My feet hurt from walking so much but at least I’m burning off the calories from all the beer and sausages I’m eating.
Our first stop was BMW World which, for an automobile aficionado, was practically heaven. I only needed more time. They had engines out on display, models of the classic BMW’s and Mini Coopers, and brand new cars sitting pretty and taunting me with what I can’t afford.
I spent some time in the city center, where the Munich Pride Celebration was happening. It was busy, crowded, and loud but I thought it was pretty fun to be surrounded by so much excitement.
After a light lunch (traditional white sausages with a pretzel and beer), I spent the majority of my day at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial. Dachau was Germany’s first concentration camp, operated for 12 years and opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power. The front entrance to the memorial still has a small part of the railroad that used to transport prisoners as well as a replica of the original gate which reads “Work will set you free.” There was one barrack still standing, a museum, and several religious memorials on site. The camp is surrounded by a grass strip, a ditch, and what used to be an electrified barbed wire fence. It was interesting to look at but completely devastating to think about. I can’t even wrap my mind around the capacity for human evil that was displayed during the second world war.
Our last excursion of the day was to a traditional Bavarian dinner in the heart of Old Town Munich. The first course was a soup with beef broth and potatoes, the main course was roast pork with sauerkraut, and desert was a bowl of Neapolitan ice cream.
That concluded day two and I’m exhausted. My heath app on my iPhone shows a little over 14000 steps so it makes sense that my feet hurt a little bit, but I’m still so excited for tomorrow!