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Munich, Germany

Mei Ling and I tried our hardest to talk Kristi into coming with us on the rest of the trip, but she wouldn’t budge.  She said something about being responsible and that she had to work.  I don’t know. We finally gave up and made our way down to Munich.  We were only in Munich for about a day and a half but we crammed in SO much.  We visited Dachau, the first Nazi Concentration Camp established during WWII, which is just outside the city.  Wow.  It was such a somber place, but we were so glad we went. It’s hard to fathom what the people who were held there went through, but walking the grounds and seeing the buildings and reading their stories made it so much more real to us.

Most of our time was spent wandering around the city center.  We climbed to the top of a bell tower to get a good view.

We visited an outdoor market.

We hung out in a Bavarian Palace for a couple of hours.

And we watched some guys surfing in a canal in the big city park, The English Garden.  Crazy, but true!

:: Carrie ::

Cologne, Germany

Well, I know that I promised that I’d give you updates as I made my way across Europe, but I guess I got too caught up in it all, and that didn’t happen, did it? I hope you weren’t too worried about me. The good news is that I saw so many amazing things and I took a bunch of photos!

I think I mentioned that I was traveling with one of my college roommates, Mei Ling. She lives in San Diego now, so any time that we get to spend together is always fun, and especially when we can be together in Europe! When we were in school at Mizzou we actually lived in a house next to campus with five other girls…seven of us!  Today we are scattered all over the world, literally, and it’s not very often that we get to see one another. So, after our time in Amsterdam we hopped on a train to Germany. First stop was Cologne, the home of one of our other former roommates, Kristi!

Reunited!!  So fun!

Kristi gave us the grand tour of her city, and even took us to a 4th of July picnic, complete with live country music.  Felt just like home, sort of, aside from the fact that people around us were speaking German.  We also visited the huge Cathedral, took a cruise up the River Rhine, and got to explore an old castle!

The view from the top of the Cathedral.

The Cathedral was beautiful.  Huge and gothic, but what impressed me the most was the tile mosaic floor.  Everyone else was looking up at the domed ceiling and marveling at the gigantic pipe organ and colorful windows, but I couldn’t stop looking at the floor.

I was also fascinated with the ornate signs on the storefronts and restaurants.

Cruising on the Rhine.

:: Carrie ::