Arvind’s Travel Journal: Munich

Munchen

An attempt to be a Munichner

Munich brings to most people’s mind the picture of happy jolly beer guzzling people. To a certain extent, that is true – you can see people drinking beer on streets, in parks, on the subway, or whatever place you can think of, in evenings or on weekends; it is even difficult to find beer bottles less than 1/2 liters. (I dared to inquire about smaller bottles somewhere, only to be told that its unmanly to drink off smaller ones!) I betcha that 9 out of 10 pictures you may have seen in ads of bartenders carrying big dozen glasses or so of beer are from some bar in Munich or somewhere else in Bavaria!Eurotourxx_2

 

I decided to become a part of
this Munich-o-rama for my only night in Munich. I went out partying, had one
1/2 L thing before leaving, two at the party, and two more at a bar post-party.
I rarely drink, and this was, by some distance, both in terms of volume as well
as volume per hour, the max I been. Even the native Muncheners were impressed,
even encouraging me on, like "Frank the tank" chant for Will
Farrelly’s character in "Old School". Thankfully, the similarity didn’t go farther than that – I definitely
didn’t go streaking from there. I was, however, barely in control of my limbs,
and came the closest I had been to throwing up. I don’t remember too much of
that night – I will have to sync up with folks I was with that night to make
sure I didn’t do anything embarrassing! The lesson: one learns to be a
Munchener over a lifetime; one can’t become one overnight.

The next day, a sober me was
longing for something more familiar — something that I could be sure about
myself about! I tried the Deutsche museum and the BMW museum.

 

The Deutsche science museum is
arguably the best science museum in the world, and I would have been able to testify
on the claim if the exhibits were labeled in English as well. For the car
aficionados, there is the BMW museum.

 

The visit to these two museums
was comforting. As a guy I met later in Cologne on his way back to California
after traveling and spending a bit too much time with hot Eastern European
blondes said: "If after having had or seen as much as I had recently, I am
excited about returning to my girlfriend, I must have made the right choice in
life".

Born and brought up in India, Arvind is currently a graduate student in
Boston, MA, USA. Even though his study area (Computer science) doesn’t really
have much to do with travel (except for conferences),
he likes to travel and
write about his travels — usually packing his trips with as much event and
adventure as he can. You can contact him at traveller@mit.edu

Born and brought up in India, Arvind is currently a graduate student in
Boston, MA, USA. Even though his study area (Computer science) doesn’t really
have much to do with travel (except for conferences), he likes to travel and
write about his travels — usually packing his trips with as much event and
adventure as he can. You can contact him at traveller@mit.edu

Image: Enigma/Falkenstein

2 thoughts on “Arvind’s Travel Journal: Munich

  1. Goodness me! Five pints and you were all over the place? You should try drinking in England! Ten pints is more like it for a decent evening 🙂 (one pint is 568 ml)

    Not that we glorify drinking and casual violence, have a high rate of obesity and liver disorders and such like. Oh no.

  2. Seriously, 5 1/2 liters in an evening? How long a period do you consume it over??

    Maybe you Brits are genetically bred to live with it — I am rather new to drinks, so it will take a few generations for my next generation to adapt!

    Arvind

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