Our Indian hostel mate arrived after midnight last night, she is the worst hostel mate I have had yet, she was noisy, inconsiderate, just plain obnoxious. Everyone was winding down or already asleep when she arrived, the Indian packed and unpacked her luggage, drug it across the floor loudly multiple times, rattled things, unwrapped items she bought then stuffed them deep in her luggage, place clothes in the lockers, then took them out, refolded and packed them again.
Her actions were nonsensical, but this was not enough, she then went into the restroom to shower, wash and blow dry her hair. During this time, we turned off the lights, we all wanted to get some sleep. When our hostel mate emerged, she was not deterred by the lack of light, her noise making continued and she had a cell phone with a bright flash light attached. Her cell phone was almost as bright as the ceiling light, she shined it in my direction multiple times, I was tempted to say something.
My hostel mate from Spain, said she either said something or dreamed she said, "People are trying to sleep in here." We laughed about it today, it was not funny when we were trying to sleep last night. Luckily, our horrible hostel mate left this morning after waking us all up, she checked out, we will not have to deal with her tonight.
I went to Neuschwantsen Castle today, I arrived early, I got up after my Indian hostel mate caused the commotion this morning. I was looking forward to my first day excursion, I had not gone on one yet. I could have gone to Neuschwantsen solo, but I prefer to go with a tour sometimes, you often get to meet new people, you learn the history and you do not waste a lot of time trying to figure out where things are and where to go, it is convenient, especially for an independent traveler.
The meeting time for our tour was 9 am, our train did not leave until 10:10 am, the tour guide provided for time to check in, get tickets, buy snacks, etc. I used the extra time to book my trains to Bern and Naples in the Deutsche Bahn office. The train ride and bus rides to Neuschwantsen Castle were uneventful, I spoke to the Australian sitting next to me about her travels in Europe, she's on a 5 month trip, I briefly talked to some Japanese sitting across from me, I spent the rest of the time reading and looking out the window at the Bavarian scenery.
The train ride to Fussen, the nearest station to Neuschwantsen was about 2 hours, then we caught a bus to the area near the castle. I noticed Fussen has its own Occupy movement, when I saw a sign spray painted on a wall at the Station, "Eat the Rich" made me think of the Occupy movement in Washington, DC, this was a common chant.
|Fussen Train Station on Way to Neuschwanstein Castle|
|Lynnae at Swan Lake|
|Me with Neuschwanstein Castle in Background|
Our trip back to Munich was uneventful, everyone was tired from all of the walking. I talked to some Malaysian students studying in the UK about my CIA experience and gave them my CIA/FBI cards, they were very interested in my story. Other than that, I read my kindle and relaxed. I was tired, but I did not fall asleep on the train. When we got to Munich I went to the tourist office to get information on other day excursions, I have decided to go to Salzburg tomorrow, home of Mozart and the Sound of Music.
Munich Day 2 Photo Album