After I said bye to Andrea, I got on a flight and landed in Munich. At this point things were looking way up because I managed to get a job that took care of my accommodations. I would be working as an AuPair, (a live-in nanny) for a family in a very tiny town that was about a 20 minute train ride outside of Munich. I was so relieved and I had some time to kill (about 2 weeks) before they needed me so I decided to bunker up in a hostel and explore this city I have never been in before.
Munich is located in the federal state of Bavaria. Now Bavaria is pretty much the stereotypical traditional Germany that people think of when they think of Germany. White sausages, Beer Halls, Bavarian alps, leiderholsen and Oktoberfest, it’s all very Bavarian.They have their own thing going on as Bavaria only joined Germany 1871 so for a very long time, Bavarians had their own identity separate from the rest of Germany. Munich itself started in the salt industry and gained money from that which helped it grow into the beautiful city it is today. Unfortunately, a lot of Munich was destroyed by the war, but unlike Berlin, they rebuilt most of the buildings to look like their former selves so you wouldn’t necessarily know that by looking at them.
I absolutely love Munich. Love love love. I would even go so far to say that it is my most favourite city in the world. I love it so much. But alas, it is not cheap (there seems to be a theme here). When I was in Berlin, a lot of people that lived there didn’t seem to really have a lot of great things to say about Munich, such as the people are snotty but I found the exact opposite. While I was there I had a good few encounters with people coming up and chatting with me out of nowhere. I remember once when I bought one of those huge street pretzels and was wandering around Marienstrase, an older woman in her 70s stopped me and said “a big pretzel for a small girl” in German and I actually understood her. I was pretty impressed with myself for that. I just laughed and said “yes it’s big.” That was our whole exchange and it made me happy.
Another time I was walking around with a coffee in my hand and an older man asked me if it tasted good so I just replied “yes.” I like sweet and short exchanges, they are pleasant without getting into that whole “will it be rude if I cut this off and continue on my way” kind of conversation. Great for half introverts such as myself :).
I just found these things wouldn’t typically happen in Berlin but it seemed to happen fairly often in Munich. For example when I needed help with directions in Berlin I usually had to ask about 3 or 4 people until someone would stop to actually stop and speak with me. It could be the fact that Munich is a smaller and slower-paced city than Berlin. Also, perhaps I myself was coming across as a lot more approachable because I was not under any stress and was just enjoying my time wandering around the old streets alone. I think those elements make a difference, if you are in a good mood people pick up on that. Also, I can have a pretty bad resting-bitchy face at times so there’s that too.
I went back and fourth to Munich while working as an AuPair, I even celebrated my 25th birthday there! I’ll write about that and the things I actually did in the city in my next post! If you are ever considering going there, there is so much to see and experience, so stay tuned! Continue reading Munich – A Bavarian city that feels like a big village