MUNICH, GERMANY — So our two weeks of disengaging from North America and attaching ourselves as best we can to Europe are complete. Roughly 60% of our logistical goals for the free week in Munich are set, but all are at least being put in motion. I’ve come to find that’s a fairly decent percentage when encountering Bavarian bureaucracy.
Wednesday was spent trying to open a bank account (couldn’t find the bank). Thursday we looked into phones (no bank account to pay for them). Friday waited all day for my work visa to show up — was supposed to come at noon — and then ditched that to half-ass a couple meetings to set up health insurance for Molly and I (ah, where to start — no bank account, no visa, no passport — that’s with the visa people mind you — oh, and they only speak German). Nevertheless, we got most of the insurance set up and were at least on the right track. Oh, and Saturday we found the bank… had to wait ’til Tuesday for an appointment, but you probably guessed that already.
Needless to say, the red tape could stretch around the Marienplatz. But with Jakob’s expert advice and bargaining skills we’re on our way. Plus, the waiting and the put-offing gave us a chance to enjoy the quiet and un-bureaucratic side of Munich.
The photos tend to speak for themselves, but let me set the stage by saying most of these come from Schloss Nymphenburg — the summer residence of the Bavarian royalty — which lies mere blocks away from das Heigert Haus. It’s gardens, trails, forests and lakes are breathtaking.