I had known I was going to be visiting Munich for sure after spending a few days in Paris. I knew I had to get from that side of Europe to Valencia, Spain in time for La Tomatina. The cheapest flight I could find was out of Munich. I booked it and planned the remainder of my trip around that. I made it to Amsterdam for Gay pride. I spent 8 amazing nights in Hamburg including a quick visit to Denmark then made it to Berlin where lord knows I got crazy then spent 24hrs in Prague. Through out my travels to these places a friend from home had messaged me on Facebook letting me know she was coming to Europe for two weeks and wanted to make sure she was able to meet up with me. Thank goodness I had my plans set for this time because if not I don’t think it would have worked out.
A few weeks later I get a message from her that she is going to be visiting me while I am in Munich. I couldn’t believe a friend from home was actually going to be visiting me during my round the world trip. I had never mentioned it to anyone, but in my mind I knew I did not want to finish my round the world trip with out someone from home (friend or family) visiting me somewhere. Now that she has I don’t have to worry about it… even though don’t play I still want more to visit me…lol!!!
So who is she… she is Lisa a friend I made a few years ago and even though she didn’t live in Houston (she lived in Austin now NYC) we managed to keep in touch. I think our common factor was travel. She has been traveling around most of her life and spending time in various countries around the world. So when we would chat we would dream and dream big and be supportive of each other’s dreams. Lisa also made sure that before I left Houston the 1st time around that she saw me and well she did.
I made it to Munich close to midnight so spent the 1st night at the hostel chatting with people. The next day I slept in and spent it working on my blog as I was waiting for Lisa to arrive. 5pm finally arrived and Lisa walked through the door. We both screamed and ran towards each other and gave each other a huge hug. I could see everyone in the hostel looking at us like we are crazy. I didn’t care I was so happy to see someone from home. We then spent some time there catching up with each other and life and so on. We then got her settled in and decided to go find dinner. We agreed we wanted to take our 2 nights in Munich chill and relaxing. She had just got back from 6 weeks in China and getting things read for her big move to NYC. I was glad that was the case because I was exhausted from Berlin and Prague. After dinner that nigh we spent it at the hostel planning the remainder of her trip and drinking away!
Since we only had one full day in Munich the next day we decided to do the free walking tour that was offered. We got up bright and early and am glad we did. Turned out to be a very good tour of the city and learned a lot from it. After that we had lunch at a food market in the center of Munich. Then spent the afternoon walking around and made out way to a very nice café where we spent some time enjoying the moment and each other’s company.
From there the both of us were not so eager or excited to climb St. Peters tower to see a view of the city of Munich from above because it was about 160 steps to the top. However we managed to suck it up and do it. It was well worth it. Here is a shot of us at the top with the city behind us. It was a clear sunny day so were even able to see the Alps… BREATHTAKING!
The only other thing we had planned was to spend time at a park Scott from The Shirt Off My Backpack had recommended to me. We made it there and stumbled upon a nudist part of the park and of course I couldn’t stop giggling. I loved how people were just walking around naked… I had never been to a park like that and umm yeah I didn’t get naked. We walked along and found a great spot to take a nap. We napped for a bit then fed some ducks and called it a day. We made it back to the hostel relaxed a bit and then had a great amazing dinner.
The next morning we walked each other to the train station and said our goodbyes. I of course got tears because even though we really didn’t do anything AMAZING it was nice to spend 2 nights of my trip with someone who knew me from home. We spent most of our time together just relaxing and talking then anything else. We both talked about how happy we are with our lives at the moment and that things are just falling into place. Lisa I am so glad you visited me during my trip… It means so much to me. Those 2 nights were amazing even though we didn’t do anything amazing. I love you and will hopefully be visiting you during your two year stay in NYC.