I have a love/hate relationship with my home town Munich. There is no doubt that, with the Alps as a back-drop, beautiful old architecture and surrounding lakes and hills this city is beautiful! Even the upside-down-trash-can-art (see picture above) are somewhat cool in front of a classic blue Bavarian sky! And yes, it is my home town (next to Detroit), and I have learned to love and laugh here, had educational success stories and found friends for life. But Munich is also marked with sorrow and memories of hard times and loss, and each visit here also means reliving these feelings. It is only when I came to say goodbye last year, before moving to the US, that I made peace with the city and can even enjoy it. This time around I stayed a short week while enjoying the simple pleasures of being back! (more…)
Hi guys! I am finally feeling beter and ready to start the week with elan! Which is…to be absolutely honest ABSOLUTELY needed! So much to do, prepare and get ready…OMG only 10 more days to go before I leave the beautiful city of Vienna and head off to my home country the U.S. of A. and my new home town Louisville, KY! Time to pack and enjoy!!
Two weeks ago however, I went to Munich, Bavaria to visit friends and family and to say goodbye to them. Munich is the city I was born in. It is the heart of Bavaria, a truely beautiful city with great beer and don’t forget the most awmazing pretzels! And I am not talking hard and crunchy like the ones you guys are used to, but doughy inside with a nice crust. The B E S T! Eventhough I spent most of my first 18 years of my life here, Munich has grown foreign to me. For the past years I hardly had time to actually enjoy the city in itself, since my short visits were mainly dedicated to my family. However, this time around I took myself a whole week to properly say goodbye. I don’t know if you guys know what I mean when I say that my relationship with my birth city has been somewhat …complicated. For a long time now, I had the feeling that too many bad memories were made here and I spent a lot of my miserable teen years feeling out of place. It makes it even more special to say, that this week has helped mend that divide between me and Munich and I can truely say: I forgave you Munich! And hey! …after all we have been through, you are kinda awesome!
Spending time with old friends and goofing with my brother! Essential!
Having a girls week-end with my sister of heart Jolyne from Der Bastel Blog and crafting away!
And of course spending very long fun nites!!!
Some places I discovered and would really recommend for a nite of drinks out, are in the Glockenbach district. If you ever have a chance, check out the Lola – great bartender and very cozy with sleek walls and red velvet vintage furniture. The Lola is located in the same space that used to house the infamous “Mylord” and was the place to be in the 80s of Munichs who-is-who scene. Those days are over and have made space for a younger crowd and a more familiar atmosphere. Jeans-and-t-shirt folk mixes with high-heel-beauties and hipsters for an always-fun crowd. For edgier music and some soul to shake your booty too, head to the small Lizard bar, for hiphop beats and the best whiskey sour in town. Disco feeling will come up at Rausch & Töchter or at dress-down bar and club X-cess for a layed back late-nite shake to classic tunes from the 80s to today. I had a great time and actually met a lot of old school friends. Thanks for the fun Jolyne. You rock girl!
Very healing was having the extra time to pass by my old street were I grew up and to discover that while some things seam to have changed others always stay the same. I think we will get along again – you and me – Munich! It was truely a perfect goodbye!
Life is a journey…and sometimes home towns get second chances! Have a good week guys!