by the way, the train ride to nürnberg from münchen took about 3 hours. another 3 hours for the ride back. then we went back to marienplatz (a place, two s-bahn stops from where we're putting up). maybe today was the launch of some special festival or something (it's some special bavarian catholic holiday on monday, i overheard), and there were so many, so many lion figurines on that square, that hadn't been there yesterday and the day before. those lions are like those we have back in singapore, each painted by a different local artist or something, whichever way they want to. took a couple of photographs; they're really, really pretty. the weather's becoming warmer... my face is peeling like crazy and more and more pimples are popping up! argh!!! will have to learn from ru hua and wear a stocking over my head to port dickson when i get back. heehee. an out-of-point thought: how much does ru hua get per scene on that taiwanese tv programme?
we had dinner at marienplatz too (didn't have lunch... and that's usual on travels--my dad likes to starve us. haha). before we could order dinner, my parents had a minor squabble in the something-like-a-takeaway place. they couldn't decide what to eat and how to order and whether or not the lobster/prawns were gonna be served hot or cold. was quite pissed at them then. oh yes, i've also been having a whole lot of ice-creams these days. and ulcers seem to be threatening to sprout any moment on the left of my lower lip and at the side of my tongue... my tongue feels a bit sore. sob sob.
okay, let's talk about what i did yesterday. if i blog all about it here now, then i won't hafta recap so much when i get back. just post the pics can liao. yesterday, we went to a really, really, really very beautiful place called burghausen. apparently not many tourists know of the place. it was really, really, really very beautiful. the little town really looked very "picture-booky"; i'm not sure the pictures we took can do justice to the place, you really gotta see it yourself! it's the place where germany's longest castle is, and the view from atop the castle is absolutely fantastic. i love the wide open green spaces that these european countries have... we never see them in singapore. the castle aside, the town has really pretty flowers all over and looks really serene, like those peaceful little neighbourhoods we read about in children's storybooks or see on tv sometimes. and german kids have a whole lot of excursions in school... their education seems to be a whole lot of exploration--taking cameras and bikes out to historic places and such. i'm so jealous... suddenly i felt that, for all i missed, perhaps i should migrate here so my kids can fulfil all that i missed as a child... then, i'd be happy. haha. but then again, i've yet to locate cha doori. anybody can please tell me which club he plays for or something? the last i heard of him, it was for leverkusen or something.
after burghausen yesterday, we went to a town not too far from there, called altötting. it's supposed to be famous for its catholic churches, and according to my dad, some black madonna thingy, i don't know what that is. we went into some of the churches. they were rather stern, cold, gray, dark, scary... i felt warmer outside than inside. in fact, i got goosebumps inside, seeing all those paintings and sculptures etc, and even coffins with their previous passed-away priests inside. overall, not very exciting. i made the excuse of needing the toilet, so we left earlier than expected, and i got to eat more ice-cream while waiting for the train back. yay. dinner last night was at an asian another-sorta-takeaway place a couple of shops away from our hotel. my parents can't do without chinese food. but truth is, i was quite happy to eat rice too.
it's saturday already tomorrow, and we'll be moving to frankfurt in the morning. we had to reserve seats on the 4 hour train ride from münich to frankfurt tomorrow, 'cos monday's a public holiday, so everybody's going somewhere. in fact, a couple of trains were fully reserved already, so we had to take a later train, and even then, we had to reserve seats in the smoking area 'cos the non-smoking ones were already filled. oh well, another 4 hours of intensive lung damage. :( when we move on to frankfurt, internet access will no longer be confirmed. in fact, i don't even think i will get to use the internet at all, unless we pay... which is unlikely, 'cos everything here's like super expensive. so this could very well be my last entry made in germany. another couple of days, and we'll be leaving germany heading back for home on tuesday. i guess i'll kinda miss this relaxing lifestyle... just touring the place everyday, feeling happy i'm now officially a trilingual (hey i've successfully made conversation with people!). the past years of travelling in switzlerland, spain and hongkong etc., not understanding other people made me feel really uncomfortable and unhappy... which was why i picked up german in the first place, so i'm happy. in fact, i feel like i wouldn't really mind staying here for the rest of my life by myself... budden qt last night said not to fall in love with the world and all in it... so... i guess i hafta go home. heehee.
and did i tell you i bought a german children's novel called "die kinder aus bullerbü" (the children from bullerbü) a few days ago? sorry if things i say are repeated, or i say things like i think i've mentioned them before... 'cos i can't remember whether i typed them here, or i told them to my sis via email, or i wrote them in my own travel log... yeah, so i bought a not-too-hard-not-too-easy-for-me-to-read book a few days ago. and today, i actually saw a dvd on that story! and bought it! apparently it's like some classic. it's a lot like my fave childhood english storybook--"the four-storey mistake", about a family of kids living in the country and having a lot of fun (a bit like typical enid blyton stories). it's a girly kiddy book, so i don't suppose guys will wanna read it... but of course, you can borrow it if you want, haha. but i think i shall offer it to zhiling after i read it, maybe she'll like it too!
alright, i've spent way too much time on the comp already. don't even know if anyone is waiting to use it. the sky is turning dark. 8.30pm now. xl, i got your sms 'cos i brought my phone. zq, i got your address too; i've got really nice postcards, but haven't gotten down to writing yet... quite lazy nowadays lah. and yn, there was hotel rwanda on the plane too and i thought of watching it on your behalf. haha. but since you've got it, shall save it for watching toget then. and punch-drunk love too! it was also offered on the plane! loadsa adam sandler films! i watched topher grace's "in good company", not all that fantastic, though he was cute. eq, do, do take care and take heart. senny etc... typing 'til here, very tired liao... haha. kinda surprised to learn about mrs. choo. so long, so long.