— Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake (via larmoyante)
How to describe Munich? It’s a beautiful city with clean streets and the clear comfort that comes with feeling safe. I’ve been there twice now, once on a school trip and the second while backpacking. I returned to few places, Paris, Dieppe, Ypres and Munich. Because there’s too much in Paris for just one visit. Because Dieppe and Ypres drip with the history that breaks my heat and draws me close at the same time. Because while there is so much history in Munich, it still feels light and beautiful. There are the gardens and the palace and the amazing museums. Perhaps it’s only because I didn’t experience a cloud while there, but I always remember it as being bright. I remember flowers and cobblestones and conveniences. And dear Lord, the pretzels… But more importantly friends. I had the pleasure of staying with friends in Munich, friends I had met in Berlin. That too strikes me about Germany, though I’m sure other places in Europe are similar. I was welcomed into the homes of people I had only just met. A random traveler. And yet I was treated as family, they lent me a cellphone and made sure to schedule around my comings and goings. I found family hundreds of kilometers away from home. That is what Munich was for me. There were other places that felt like home for other reasons. But in Munich there was sunlight and laughter and most importantly, always most importantly, there was family. Berlin may have had romance and Paris may have had… well everything Paris had to offer, but Munich had an adopted family that I was heart sore to leave. Regensburg had friends, Munich made them into family. Good days and nights filled with laughter. What more could you ask for?
Just wondering lovelies, do you actually like reading my travel stories, or would you prefer just the travel quotes?
I asked around
The world’s been hurt
it rests against the heart
and living through it