All I remember from Munich is spaetzle, expensive bathrooms, and a glorious castle. My family went on a grand European trip 2 years ago, and we spent the night in Munich after getting in late from a train—we went to a restaurant near our Airbnb where I was able to experience the heavenly blessing of spaetzle, a soft egg noodle side dish (it tastes far better than it sounds. An alternate title for this post is “Munchin’ in München”). As an American, the idea of paying to go to the bathroom is absurd, but the Germans are intellectuals and know they can charge for the inelastic good of public bathrooms. We also visited Neuschwanstein Castle, which is the model for the castle in Disney’s Magic Kingdom—despite the rainy weather, the castle lived up to our magical expectations. I have a twin brother, and one of our favorite hobbies is taking ridiculous pictures. Pictured below is us in front of the magnificent castle for your viewing pleasure. (Dear CR10, please take stupid pictures with me… even the infamous night train trip from Munich can be the perfect opportunity. Who wouldn’t want to look foolish and immortalize it forever?)
On a more serious note, I have always been fascinated by World War II. It has had a profound effect on our world, country, and my family since my grandfather and his family were interned in a Japanese American Internment Camp, Topaz. Munich is a city rich in World War II history as it is the birthplace of the Nazi Party and near Dachau Concentration Camp. Dr. P encouraged us to watch the Netflix show “Hitler’s Circle of Evil”. After watching the first episode, I realized I knew far less about World War II than I thought; our education system seems to focus more on what occurred during the war and how it ended, but I am highly interested in how it began and how we are still paying for it today. I had no idea that Hitler was not the original leader of the Nazi Party. When I asked Cole Harris about his experience in Munich on CR9, he said he could feel the history of the Nazi Party and sense the tension in the air, not to mention how impactful the visit to Dachau was. I know that being in the actual location of the beginnings, cruelties, and repercussions of the Nazis will be eye-opening and will be so much more powerful than reading about it in school or watching documentaries.
I can’t wait to get to Munich and dive in—Cole told me to have an open mind, so I am hoping to be able to take in as much information as possible about the city’s history, culture, and people and ultimately be changed by everything I learn and experience.