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Walking Munich – A Free City Tour with Sandeman

In Germany by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

My very first morning in Munich, I reached there pretty early in the morning. While waiting to check in at the Euro Youth Hotel where I was staying at, I decided to check out the city via the Sandeman’s New Munich walking tour. It’s free and happens twice a day (1045am and 1pm), so if you’re not familiar with the city already, it’s a great way to get acquainted – Munich’s city centre is full of history, and while a lot of it was destroyed during the World Wars, the city has taken a lot of effort into restoring it …

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Exploring Munich’s Nymphenburg Palace

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More Munich stories! I know I’m pretty behind on my blogs, but since Munich (and a lot of Europe actually) is still under a cold spell, this is still relevant, yeah? Bali and Brisbane posts coming soon… 0nward! So while I didn’t go to the famed Schloss Neuchwanstein (I was persuaded towards Dachau instead), I decided to head to the nearer Schloss Nymphenburg instead since I had the day all to myself. The Nymphenburg palace was one of the summer palaces for the Bavarian rulers. Unfortunately I was seeing it in winter time, but it was still pretty cool. I …

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A heavy heart at Dachau Concentration Camp

In Germany by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

I loved Munich because being there was ridiculously festive, with the copious beer, gluhwein, Christmas markets and company, so when my travel companion S suggested heading up to Dachau to visit the concentration camp memorial, I was definitely not very keen, and put forth my suggestion to go up to see Neuschwanstein* Castle *You have no idea how long it takes me to spell that every time. Pronouncing it, even worse. Even after Germans have repeated it to me, slowly, I still can’t get it right. Noy-Won-Stein. Now, I know places like Dachau are important historically and etc, but I …

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The Magic of Christmas Markets in Munich

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The one thing I loved about Munich more than the beer were the Christmas markets! In Singapore where it’s tropically hot and all you get are tinny Christmas carols in ridiculously crowded shopping malls, being in Munich made me feel like I was truly experiencing Christmas for the first time – sipping hot gluhwein in the cold weather, rows of squat little wooden stalls selling nativity items, glittering lights and brassy Bavarian music… In other words, it was impossibly festive, I don’t think I’ve ever had this much Christmas spirit in me. Onward now to ALL the Christmas markets I …

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Review of Euro Youth Hotel in Munich

In Germany by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

For my Munich trip, I had a great stay at the Euro Youth Hotel, a hostel with dormitories and private rooms near the central train station. I decided based on a rec that I read on Adventurous Kate and generally good reviews from the web; I had contemplated getting a hotel room, but I was going to be on my own for this Munich leg and I wanted to socialize a little, and hotels/bnb/apartments generally aren’t great for that. Also, hotel rooms weren’t that cheap, so I compromised by getting a single room in a hostel instead.   Getting There …

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The Great Lomography Experiment

In Germany, Review, Sponsored, United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

So the Lomography Singapore store lent me a La Sardina camera and set me up with a roll of Sunset Strip 35mm Slides film for my epic UAE and Munich trip. I carried it around with my normal digital camera and my iphone, and as and when I thought there was something particularly picturesque and worth taking, I would whip out the lomo and take a picture with that instead. I generally tried to pick brighter conditions so I didn’t use the flash at all. The funny thing about analogue photography is that whatever you took is hidden in the …

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Drinking Beer the Bavarian Way in Munich

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The one thing you’ve gotta love about Munich and Germany in general is the great beer culture that they have. Munich of course is renowned for its Oktoberfest celebrations, and even though it’s not October, you can get really good beer all year round. The beer halls are definitely somewhere you have to visit for the great beer and even greater atmosphere – Germans are actually really friendly folk and very happy to make friends over a pint or two, even if they don’t speak much English, the international language of beer makes everything ok =) Here are 3 places …

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Unholies in UAE and Munich Meandering – Post Trip Recap

In Germany, United Arab Emirates by Jaclynn Seah0 Comments

I cannot believe that this trip is done. I feel like I’ve been planning these two trips for the longest time, so it’s pretty amazing that they have come and gone so quickly. I’ve got so much to talk about I think these posts may last me till February or March! So as a bit of a teaser, here’s a quick recap and a collection of 12 pictures in total for these two trips which I think best summarize the trips without any captions for now. 12 because it’s 2012 and the world was supposed to end this year but …