Saturday, July 26, 2008

Germany part 2: Arriving in Munich

I completed my training in Nurnberg and bid farewell to the little town as I flew to the nearby city, Munich.
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I was on the plane again; and you cannot imagine how excited I was to be on vacation!~
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I arrived in the airport after a short 50 minutes flight.
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Hopped onto the airport shuttle bus to the Ostbahnof (main train station in Munich).
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After a week in a quiet and peaceful town, it was a change to look at the hustling busy city life again:)
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As we were approaching the train station, I observed a lot of shops surrounding the area which is rather common; since it is a focal point for tourists to gather around this section
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There was a track for tram in the middle of the road; just like in Hong Kong.
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The Ostbahnof
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Lufthansa Airport Bus
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Inside Ostbahnof
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There are lots of food stalls and restaurants within the station itself to cater for the starving travellers and the locals
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The Germans just love their ices, don't they?
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Real food
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Most of the stalls here sell fast food and grab-to-go sandwiches or finger food which is convenient and practical for travellers
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(To be continued...)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Group pics from Nurnberg

Hello and goodbye to all my wonderful friends and colleagues from all over the world!~
Hongkies and Chinese
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Danish
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German
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Korean
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Last Day in Nurnberg

On my last day in this unique and historical town within an advanced country, it was with a heavy heart as I took a glimpse of the little town once again to bid goodbye.
And of course, capture them into memory cards for my own reminiscence forever...

In the late afternoon, there are stalls set up along the streets in the town selling fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, etc.
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A shop selling chocolates
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It is a pretty common sight to see street performers here in the busiest period or the peak hours of the day.
They will either stand still; statue-like and start to dance around when you throw coins into their hat
For instance, I was surprised when I saw this pixie statue in the middle of the street which I don't recall was there on my first visit to town (mind you, I have a pretty good memory).
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Upon closer look, I realized this is no statue but a pixie in flesh and blood and she started dancing (like clockwork!) when a lady passing by threw coins into her hat.
She took that as a cue to start dancing for the lady's benefit to show her appreciation
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Another man was spotted playing his violin on the pavement
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And this is their parking meter; a rather old and vandalized one (poor Siemens)
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I noticed most of the people here own a dog or dogs and they often travel around with their dogs in tow. Some own really huge dogs like an Alsatian, Dalmatian, German Shepherd, Rottweiler but there are also smaller ones like this:
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And just like Malaysia in the early 90's, they use Mercedes Benz as their cabs
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Most of the shops are still open for shoppers
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SmartCar
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Beautiful lavender flowers....I really love how they blew with the wind:)
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Stalls selling souvenirs....and these are Asian souvenirs
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Hauptmarkt is a full-bloom market in the afternoon
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Lebkuchen shop is open as well
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This is a prominent figure in Nurnberg
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Stalls in the market
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Fruits stall
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Selling an assorted variety of berries and fresh vegetables
Tomatoes and peaches
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Blueberries
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Strawberries
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Cherries and passion fruits
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Avocado
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Fresh vegetables
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Nutcracker, a famous souvenir to bring back from Germany
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Heading to the Hauptbahnof
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Goodbye to Nurnberg town
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The train back to Frankenstadion
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Cars in Nurnberg
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Spotted a cute and sassy white BMX Convertible
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Yellow Volkswagen
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A very nice little town; I will definitely miss it :)

The following photos are courtesy of my cool Hongkie colleagues cum good friends who captured these attractive little Lego icons in Nurnberg (Thanks guys!)
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Nurnberg is such a nice little town; and has etched beautiful memories in my head...I will come back again:)
Auf Wiedersehen Nurnberg!:)