Thursday, July 15, 2010

Goodbye Munich, hello Austria!

Day two (and a half? The change has really skewed my sense of time!) has been another happy and successful day!

SJ and I arrived in Munich yestderday and spent the day wandering around. Our hostel was a ten minute walk to the Marienplatz and surrounded by a million shops. We strolled along being proper tourists and taking pictures of everything.

Surprisingly, the germans didn't mind us at all! When SJ pulled out a map to make sure we were walking in the right direction, automatically a german man stopped and said in perfect english, "Where are you trying to go?"

When we told him the Marienplatz, he pointed the way down the street, smiled and said, "Auf wierdersehen!" with a friendly wave.

The Marienplatz was so cool. The architecture was amazing. When you were inside, it was like standing in a castle cuckoo clock!

SJ and I then wandered down the street where we found a lederhosen shop. Curiously we ducked in and were surprised to find a rack of drindles for a very cheap price! We couldn't help it. We bought matching german maiden outfits. They are hilarious and we've made a promise that whenever it is our last night in a city, we will wear them. (We figured we'll be leaving and no one knows who we are anyways, right? haha!)

The jetlag hit us both pretty hard last night so we went to bed by 9 o'clock. We woke up early to catch a train to Maurach Am Achensee, where the program is located, in Austria. One of the program assistants, Paul, drove us from the station to the Hotel Kilinger!

It is the most beautiful place I have ever seen! The Alps surround the little village which is next to a clear blue lake speckled with white sail boats. (Motor boats aren't allowed on it because it is so clean and pure!)

Flowers are abundant here! As are the chocolates, pastries, and sausages. I certainly won't be coming back any thinner, even if I do scale a mountain or two.

Tomorrow is our first real day of the program and we have to sing for everyone for the first time, which is always a little intimidating. I'll do my best not to stress out about first impressions and just enjoy my first experience of singing "Opera in the Alps!"

Wish me luck!

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