Monday, March 10, 2008
I can't imagine having done less on the trip. I've learned so much by going to Dachau, other museums, wandering around, and even the Alps, that I can't imagine not being able to have gone!
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
On Sunday, Feb. 24th, we intended to take advantage of reduced museum fees...but the weather was so incredible, Maraia and I really didn't want to. We came out of the S-Bahn at Königsplatz and saw all these people hanging out outside of the Glyptothek. We decided to take a walk to find the Pinokotheken and enjoy the blue skies and warm air...although blue skies had actually been frequent in Ann Arbor lately, they had come along with looooow temperatures. At the Alte Pinokothek, we saw people lying on the lawn not only shirtless—some looked suspiciously pantless.
We did go inside the Alte Pinokothek and saw the paintings in one half of the building before we felt we needed to return to the outdoors. I was excited to see Albrecht Dürer's self-portrait and Albrecht Altdorfer's Alexanderschlacht, both of which we had discussed in our German class on the Middle Ages.
Later on Sunday we ran into Drew and Ian at Odeonsplatz and walked around outside the king's Residenz a little before meeting the group at the Residenz Theater for a matinée of Brecht's Im Dickicht der Städte.
Tuesday after seeing the children's opera Der Mann im Mond, Emily, Helen, Maraia and I visited the Englischer Garten and had a picnic lunch. It was a good way to relax after walking so much every day.
The weather really helped make the trip enjoyable and contributed to a very positive attitude toward everything. And it was nice that our February "spring" break actually felt like spring!
Some things that stuck out to me were the music, the spit that flew out of the actors' mouths (I know Janet always tells us that, but it was different actually seeing it), and the intense expressions on the actors' faces (particularly the daughter, who very effectively showed her character's sorrow). I also liked it when the actors drew on the set, because I had never seen anything like that before. The show was quite different from the few plays I have seen in the United States. The set and costumes were minimal, where as shows in the US are often needlessly elaborate. I found this to be quite nice, because it helped to emphasize what was actually happening in the play, rather than distracting the audience. If anyone happens to be in Munich, I would highly recommend seeing this play.
Monday, March 3, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
But with all my homework now completed—and hopefully my dishes, too, before German Readings tomorrow—I will be able to leave Ann Arbor and school behind, get on the plane, and have a completely open, relaxed, and ridiculously excited mind for everything in Munich.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I'm looking forward to all of the food in Munich basically. Especially the weiss bratwurst mit semmel in the take-away delis, the sauerkraut, rotkohl, spaetzle, and pretty much anything on the menu at Andechs.
One of the many rewards of traveling with Janet, is that she knows the best places to eat in town and the best thing to order on each menu! :)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I believe it was the famous author (and famous Münchner, too!) Thomas Mann who once proclaimed "München hat mich." And I, for one, am taken with this fascinating Bavarian city. Once bitten by the "bug," you are infected for life. It was in the summer of 2005 that I first succumbed and I have yet to satisfy the itch generated that July. Munich is a magnificent and lively city - one with a rich culture and an even more remarkable history. I have surrendered myself to the city and have been infinitely rewarded by the aesthetic and civil beauty and grace inherent to Munich. I am thrilled and quite eager to return to an environment which I find inspiring and which, for me, only appreciates in value upon each subsequent visit. Munich has a hold of me - and I am glad that she does!
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
There are traditional sets as well, of course, but the crazy ones really make my day.
So yes. Weird things! Awesome things!
Oh, and here's a picture from the inside of the opera house (where I guess you're not supposed to take pictures? Whoops):
I took this from my fifth-balcony nosebleed seat. But you know what? No matter where you sit in this place, you feel kinda fancy.
-Brianne (that girl who's in Munich right now)