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Englischer Garten, Munich

22 Feb

Englischer Garten, Munich

A beautiful green jewel in Munich. It lies so close to the heart of the city. In this photo you can see the double domes of the Dom just off center and the fanciful spires of the Theatinerkirche to the right beyond the trees. The Rathaus and Marienplatz would be on the left. In 1972 I spent a lot of time in Munich and even had the opportunity to apartment sit in the young and with-it area called Schwabing just off the Englischer Garten near Leopoldstraße. I was in an ideal spot. I lived above a poster store and just down the block was a movie theater where Barbarella with Jane Fonda was currently showing. I almost felt like a local. It was great having college friends like Barton and Lucy who had made Munich their home. I admired their sense of adventure, living life in a strange country where they had to speak another language. I still envy that path. I got decent with German, but then life happened and more than thirty years went by. I’d like to get that fluency back. There were so many Americans traveling around Europe back then. I didn’t want to look like one of them. I hid it pretty well, because most people thought I was French. I taught myself to eat the European way with the fork in the left hand and knife in the right. That way I would not be pegged as an American in a restaurant. I also did this because I wanted people to speak German to me and not just automatically switch to English.

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