25 Jul 2019
MEETING THE GROUP IN MUNICH
Brussels - Munich
After one hour and a half I finally arrived by plane from Bruxelles to Munich It was probably the shortest flight of all group members, but the fact that I had to take a train in the Munich airport to pick up my suitcase and then taking the Lufthansa shuttle to the Main station and then a taxi to the hotel I arrived 2 hours later as foreseen and missed the group which had gone to visit Munich.
I was so tired that I was not hungry took a shower and went to bed. I had no clue who my room mate was, as single travellers share a room with another single. In the morning I woke up and saw a shape under the blanket but couldn't figure out if she was tall, short, blond or black until we both were awaken looked at each other and laughed a good morning. It turned out she was an Australian lady. For the whole trip we shared a room without any problems. With my earplugs in my ears (I am used to) I didn't hear her snoring and she pushed me if sometimes I started to snore. Happens in the best families !
The rest of the group I met in the morning at breakfast. I was the only European with the tour leader and English girl from Oxford. All the others came from different continents. Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Filipinos and from the Caribbeans. Really a mixed bag ! Despite our different origins we had no troubles at all with each other, after a few days we became a big family and it was absolutely nice.
As I always said since I am blogging from wherever we come, we all have the same joys and worries. Maybe different breakfasts, but otherwise we all liked the same food which is different but delicious in these Eastern countries who were under communist regime for such a long time which means until the 90th !
This is our group, young and old we are all mixed together
Here we made our "comfort stop" which meant all two hours the bus stopped and we could go out and walk around or buy something to eat and drink.
The guide we had in Vienna was the lady with the yellow flag. She was the best for me. She explained very well, was full of humour and didn't run as if the devil was behind her, as the other guides used to do and unfortunately ours too. Everybody complained to each other but nobody dared to say something to our guide, except me of course. It was not a walking tour anymore but a marathon running tour, with me always at the end, because I wanted to take pictures.
Fortunately we had a lot of free time where I could go back or take a sightseeing tour which I did in Budapest.
But I was very well taken care of, if our guide walked like a robot and never looked back if we were all following, a good soul showed up and showed me the direction. There was always a man who carried my suitcase up the stairs when there were stairs to get to the reception. Everybody was very friendly, polite and kind.
We were often exploring together. The first came from New Zealand, me from Belgium, Los Angeles and my roommate from Australia.
When the tour was over it was very hot in Salzburg, but then when we arrived where we started in Munich in the rain, it rained again !
After breakfast we disappeared in all directions to get home and now ... we meet each other on Facebook !
The result of my tour was 2.700 km by bus and I walked nearly 90 km !