With the opportunity for my first holiday in a LONG time I decided to go back to Germany. The flight went via Vienna.
The stopover was only just long enough to process through passport control and security and catch the connecting flight.
I arrived at Munich airport and it was basically like going to the future. Not only do they have a train going from the airport to town, but it runs on time!
My accomodation was small but cheap and although on a main road the soundproofing in the window was effective.
The next morning I set out for RISCHART!
Then to seal the deal I had a chocolate milk that was 30% cream and cost 70c. Fantastisch. Take that, Lewis Road!
Just because it’s Germany and nothing starts until 10am I went wandering around the shops in the train station, which have expanded greatly since I was last there. One was a general goods store with a surprisingly excellent stationery section. Were else could you buy a fountain pen and ink at the train station?!
They also had things featuring this delightful unicorn, Pummel. He eats biscuits.
Once everything was open I set forth to wander!
I found Sportsheck – one of the giant sports stores. They had a pair of shoes that I might just be able to wear! I also found a place that had replacement blades for the one in my Swisscard that airport security took off me, in case I was going to hijack a plane with a letter-opener.
From here I went to Oberpollinger – a giant high-end department store. They had perfume on the ground floor and I accidentally sprayed perfume down my arm. I was smelling it when a man asked me in German why I was sniffing my arm. My German didn’t extend far enough to explain the situation!
I was looking for a handbag for mother (no success) and building my style gallery for this season: in general, the palette is pink, orange, white, and some blue. Trousers with bold floral prints are still in. Houndstooth had a small showing. There was NO tweed.
The lowest price for anything was about $200 so I was strictly taking ideas to make myself back home. I tried looking in the 2ndhand shop but they just had $400 things marked down to $200.
I proceeded to the Viktualienmarkt.
Then I went across town towards Globetrotter Sport.
Across from this was GLOBETROTTER. This is the outdoor shop that has 4 floors including a pool to try out your kayak before you buy. I looked at boots (nothing suitable), bought a map and compass for my walking, and a snack bar. Of course I looked at everything else, including cycling gear, knives, stoves, clothing, bags, packs, tents, torches, freeze-dried food, waxed canvas gear, and books.
Having avoided bankruptcy, I went back to Rischart.
Revived, I returned to the hotel to put my feet up.