by Patrick Molligo
Last week I flew to Munich for three days with the rest of the BCGS group. It was the first extended trip I’ve made outside of Berlin since I first arrived in September. Despite the bitter Bavarian cold, I’m happy to say I enjoyed my visit.
Unlike Berlin, which was more or less destroyed during the war, Munich has managed to retain a more antiquated feel. Many old and beautiful buildings still stand, as we experienced during a walking tour through the central part of the city. Although Munich is certainly more modern than many other towns in southern Germany, it moves at a much slower pace than Berlin.
Three days may not sound like a lot of time, especially when we’re talking about one of Germany’s most major capitals. But with some careful planning and a bit of haste we managed to see quite a lot. Shortly after our plane landed we dropped our bags at the hostel and went out in search of a “typisches bayrisches Restaurant.” The food (and beer) was fantastisch.
Over the course the next three days we managed to visit three separate art museums, tour the famous Ohel Jakob Synagogue, and even visit the Bayrische Staatsoper for a performance of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte,” which turned out to be my favorite part of the whole trip. It’s a shame that we were only able to visit Munich briefly. Once the weather warms up later next year I’ll likely consider going back.
But what I found most interesting about Munich had nothing to do with the city at all. While I was there I found myself suddenly feeling foreign and out of place, like when I first arrived in Germany. I soon realized that I was homesick for Berlin. I’ve enjoyed my time thus far at Cornell, but I don’t know that I’ve ever felt homesick for the university during the semester breaks. After two months in Berlin I find it amazing how attached I’ve become to the every day intricacies of the city: currywurst, U-Bahn rides to school, Berliner Pilsner, etc. I’m not at all anxious to go back to US, but I’m beginning to wonder how I’ll handle the situation when I finally leave Berlin after 11 months here. Until then, I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts.
This post was originally published on Mehr ein Weltteil als eine Stadt and was used here with persmission of the author.