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A Connected Europe

[Image Credit:] We met two interesting characters on the high speed train from Spiez, Switzerland to Milan, Italy.  They were crammed into the same four person table that Shru and I were.  Both were initially talking to each other in Italian, so we figured they didn’t know English.  A few minutes went by before Shru asked the older guy, probably in his 50s, if he was stopping in Milan.  He replied in near-perfect English that he had been in Zurich and was going on with his mother to their hometown in southern Italy near Sicily.  The younger guy  we’d find out later was 18 and was travelling from Basel, Switzerland to a small town on the Eastern coast of Italy.  Both of their journeys would take over 10 hours by train.


Munich: “Meet the Bavarians”

I don’t think we quite understood the full significance of Munich when we first arrived here from India.  In school, we definitely studied the build-up of conflict in Europe prior to WWII, but history books tend to lump all Germans at the time into one big bucket with a big Nazi stamp on it.   After doing a little research, we realized that much of the ground work that started the German Workers’ Party, that would later morph into the Nazi Party, started right smack HERE in Munich. Actual meeting hall used in early years of Workers’ [Nazi] Party Hofbraeuhaus in Munich – the royal brewery (check out the crown in the pic), also a biergarten used for Nazi Party meetings.  It is now owned by state of Bavaria. These weird swirling flags on the ceiling were painted over to hide the swastikas post-WWII, creepy!