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guedentag, gooten morgen das Müchen, Germany.
Hullo! how are you?
have you made it to Dubai yet?
well I äve finally left the dirty recesses of SCotland far behind and am happily trapsing around the continent.
Ah it´s marvellous to be in good old Deustchland once again, I love this country.
It´s so bizarre returning to a place though; after one year of contsant unfamiliarity finally recognising places and meeting people for the second time is an odd feeling - like an intense deja vu.
I´m staying with Michy singi and stephan -really good friends from my last visit here, who are lovely as can be, and have sorted out me somewhere to live for free - a friends apartement- so i can stay here for as long as i want. Otherwise those `youth hostels´ would drive me utterly insane after a while-they are like huge barren army barracks, spartan and run like a prison camp, -except without the government funding -so they charge exhorbitant prices for the privliege of being poked awake in the dark of morning to be force fed a cold breakfast of meat and brot.
Unfortunately I forgot my guide book, a bit foolish as i can´t find any independent hostels.
but nonetheless Müchen is wonderful - gloriously sunny and hot as usual - I´d forgotten what it´s like to have something other than mist and fog pressing down on you- and there are not too many tourists yet.
Last night I had dinner at Michy´s house with his family and it was very German. We sat around wtih ´HUge glasses of weiss beer and ate bread and cheese and big slabs of meat, and that was all. They thundered away to each other in German and i sat there and gawked.
Then I went with the guys to a reggae thing at a warehouse out of town and met all the álternative´ germans - if there is such a thing , as they´re all pretty anti conformity these days. Very interesting people though - they´ve got so much to say that´s worth hearing.(if I can actually understand any of it- I´m slowly trying to learn ze Deusch.) But it´s a novel experience to actually be able to have a decent conversation with someone when you´re out - not just have them breathing drunkenly down your neck and rant and slobber about how inebriated is their state.
Before that I was in Salzburg, Austria, which is a very beautiful country
overflowing with mountains and fortresses and onion shaped dome roofs and
people in peasant clothes singing on the hillsides merrily.
It´s incredible to be travelling again, getting so much stimulation and energy and learning infinite amounts about thé world. so far the solo mission is proving to be a good move, although I haven´t gone that hard core yet - the test will be when I get to the non english speaking non english liking east. can´t wait!
well it just looks too inviting outside, so I think i will go and sit in a biergarten or go to the park.
I hope everything is going well with you, and look forward to your reply,
lots of love, Melody