Do drink enough!!!
For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the city lanes with its historical houses and bridges will go up and down.
Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
* The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
* Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
* Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
* Blood is 92% water;
* Water protects and cushions vital organs;
·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
* Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.Related to:
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Crowds are "Packed'
The crowds can be overbearing for the most part. Especially bad is in the Marienplatz square during the Glockenspiel show; which can bring an easy thousand to see the site. Other places in the center also get crowded. While we were here in May it was not as bad as during the peak tourism season.
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This is a very bad situation if you have a car. Parking in the center near Marienplatz can make you go broke before your time. Parking outside just a few hundred meters from the center begins zone permits. That means you need a permit to park on the streets, and it/they are reserved for locals only; not tourist vehicles. Spaces are very precious and hard to find.
We were in south zone near Sendlinger and we could not park within 6 blocks or more of our apartment. Only further away can a person park on the street, and then the search for a spot is on.
Additional safety tip
To be honest you probably wont need this, but just in case. If youre worried about the possibility of violent street crime while youre in Munich, theres a little tobacconists shop Landwehrstrasse between Paul-Heyse Strasse and Schillerstrasse where you can buy a compact pepper spray starting at 3 Euro. Just remember to discard it safely before you go to the airport. And dont go 'testing' it on anybody
Very clean and safe
I visited for a few days this month, and was very surprised at how clean the city is and how safe it is as well. Maybe im just a bit jaded, but the town in Northern Ireland where I live has a big problem with drugs and antisocial behaviour, none of which I saw in Munich. In addition, I saw more litter the first day back here than I did the whole time I was in Munich. I only saw one broken bottle and one patch of dog mess the whole time I was in Munich. I normally see more than that here in my estate alone!!! Im not naive and I am sure there is crime in Munich. I just didnt see any while I was there. No drunken hooligans, no crowds of thugs!
If you are on subway, pay attention if you notice everyone suddenly getting off and you dont speak German. This happend to me on way to dachau, suddenly train out of service and people ran off, but i didnt realize why and i was stuck on train as it went backwards to who knows where, it was scary , i was only one in train and i had no idea if they knew i was there or where the train was going, i think it was out of service and i was stuck on it. Pretty scary. i rang emergency button and they took train back to next stop so i could get off. I dont know if they would have realized i was there or not..
Undercover Customs Officers
Be aware of undercover customs officers in munich's airport. I had a connection flight 30 minutes after my arriving at munich airport, coming from lisbon, an was stopped by a customs officer when all i had was my backpack, since i had just stepped out of an airplane, and was on my way to the next flight.
Christian Or Pagan? Choose The Right Door
Check your conscience and choose the correct entrance: Catholic Christian or Pagan?
This is a tongue-in-cheek tip about a funny coincidence: The entrance to the Generalvikariat , the administration of the archbishopry München-Freising, is adjacent to a jewellery store named "Heiden" (pagans).
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Kids traveling with one parent
I am a single mother with full custody of my two kids who are teenagers. We had passports and photo ID's with us but I wasn't prepared when customs questioned me on our departure. Apparently, I should have had permission of some sort from my ex-husband stating it was ok for my kids to re-enter the United States with me. (They didn't require this when entering). There was a lot of conversation in German and the gentlemen that finally let us go on our way was visibly unhappy but did so nevertheless.
I understand now it is common practice to have a notarized letter stating such. The last cruise I went on actually had a special form that is required in these circumstances.Related to:
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It's not forbidden smoking
Coming from Italy where you can't smoke in any public places, restaurants or bars I was surprised from the fact that in Germany is allowed smoking in restaurants.
So..pay attention because they smoke a lot!!! :)
Scientologists beware! You might be slightly offended...
Okay, so it's not really a typical trap, and if you get a good tour out of it, wonderful! However, this guy caught my eye as we stood in the center of Marienplatz contemplating our next move. He had a bright red shirt on with FREE TOUR printed on it, and he was very charismatic, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable (as far as I could tell). However, after listening in for a minute, if became interesting to me that scientology was mentioned as the alternative.
He was talking about how there was a lot of bad blood between the catholic church and the protestant church, and that being from Ireland, he understood that. However, he's a scientologist, so he has risen above all that. Dramatic pause. And then he went on with his tour.
I know I'm a cynic, but I can't help thinking this is the Munich version of the "Stressed out? Let us help you!" booths in 42nd Street subway stations in NYC. Those crazy scientologists. They're always finding helpful ways you get you on board!
We saw the same guy a couple hours later, and his 35 person group had dwindled to about 8 people....but some were the same tourists. He was good, I think. But just be aware that it's probably a recruiting tool.Related to:
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Do not order Weisswurst after noon !
Weisswurst is one of the most famous specialities of Bavarian cuisine.
It should be prepared freshly each day and you may recognize a tourist from outside of Bavaria instantly, when he expects to be able to order a Weisswurst after noon....
Mostly the sausage is served in a bowl of hot water, you take it out, and put it on your plate .
There are 2 ways to eat it :
1) cut the skin longwise and peel of the skin off, dip it in the sweat mustard (another great bavarian speciality)
2)cut off a bit of the skin at one end and try to get out the weisswurst without eating the skin
On my pic : a detail of the facade of Asamhouse in Sendlingerstrasse 62 - and when you click on my picture, you will see the person in the centre is in a kind of danger, tooRelated to:
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Taxis, don't puke in them!
When in Munich, don't get sick in a taxi. A normal ride of a block or two that would normally cost 6 euros ends up costing 60 euros. (And the drivers get quite rude at that point)
At this point of the night I was incoherent and quite funny, usually your friends end up paying the fare and you bounce off sidewalks and buildings the rest of the way home.
Be close to shelter
I took this picture from underneath the Propyläen at Königsplatz where I was seeking shelter from a sudden rain. It wasn't a big storm or anything, but it was enough to get me pretty wet. I found that this was pretty common in Munich, at least in the summer time, so be aware of this as you walk around. Take note of sudden clouds or shifts in temperature and be sure you're close to some shelter!
The pay phones are expensive in Munich. If you absolutely must use one, make sure you have enough change and be prepared to cut out any unnecessary small talk or you're pockets will be empty pretty fast!
Most people in Munich don't spend a lot of time on the phone (even cell phones) because they pay per call as opposed to the monthly service plans that I was used to in the States.
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