Saturday, November 28, 2009


Well, the title says it all. I had this brilliant idea a week ago to spend a day in Munich, Germany on our way to pick up Gracie. Since I'm 100% German, I thought it may be my only chance to visit the country. I"m beginning to think it was a bad decision on my part. First of all, I can say like 5 words in German and a couple are not nice. It too us 2 hours to figure out how to get to our hotel which is a Best Western. It is 70 Euros/night(multiply that times 1.5 for US dollars) and our room is to tiny you can barely turn around in it. There is no free shuttle to the airport. That will be another 16 Euros on top of the 26 Euros spent already to get to our hotel by train and then taxi. I certainly don't think of myself as a spoiled American and don't mind that it took us forever to get to our hotel. I don't mind that our room is teenie tiny and the power outlet already blew up our surge proctector. I don't mind that we may only be able to see the Christmas market. I don't mind that it's chillier than I thought it would be here. I don't mind anything that has seemed like an inconvenience right now BUT I do mind that the US dollar stinks!!! The bank is closed cuz it's saturday and the only place to exchange money is back at the airport!! It will cost us $1.69 for 1 stinkin' Euro. We did not plan for this as the excange rate on the internet is 1.49. Sure that doesn't seem like much but when we're looking at $8000 US dollars, that .20 makes a HUGE difference. Jon said there is an ATM outside that we may try in hopes of getting a better rate and possibly avoiding going back to the airport before heading to the Christmas Market. Bring on the Gluvein!!!(very strong wine from what I've been told). None of this will matter on monday when we meet Gracie anyway right? RIGHT???? I just keep telling myself that and now I need to make the most of my 24 hours in Germany and go have a beer and a brat :)


And patiently waiting... said...

Yes, the money exchange is horrible!! I was told not to go to the banks as they charge more. We were told to use the ATM as charges were less. That is just our experience. I am so glad that you are closer to Gracie!! Enjoy your beer and brat! :) And the Christmas market!