Saturday, April 18, 2009

Grüß Gott Bayern (Bavaria)

Here we sit, having a Happy-Hour beer in the bar of our little hotel in Schliersee. In this Southern part of Germany, the locals are more inclined to greet each other with the cheerful "Grüß Gott," as the Austrians do, rather than the more formal Northern German "Guten Tag," or Good Day.

Our flights were all just fine SEA-DEN-IAD-MUC the other day and we're pretty well caught up on the new time zone, after short naps both afternoons.

We stopped at the Munich Airport Lost-and-Found counter and retrieved Kathy's lost necklace, a happy ending to this story. We cheerfully paid the 5-Euro service charge and thanked the young man at the counter. As we left, we noticed quite a pile of purses on his desk, probably the result of the day's "take" of lost articles at the security checkpoint.

Last night we ate at the Augustiner Keller in Munich. It's a fairly authentic beer garden; last night it was actually a quiet night without an oompah-band to be heard, but the food was good.

Today we hopped onto a regional train and arrived at Schliersee after a scenic ride. As pleasant as Munich is, it's great to see some of the countryside.

We have a cute one-bedroom apartment in the Alpen Club and we've already walked down to a nearby supermarket to stock up on groceries (they're closed Sunday, of course).

We'll hope to share some scenic photos of a beautiful part of the world over the next few days.

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