First Hostel-cooked meal...

Well after trying a little fast food here and there, two minute noodles and subway sandwiches I have finally decided to give the hostel kitchen a go. Went to a grocery store and tried to find the necessary ingredients (saved $3 by signing up for a Safeway Club Card). I decided to give couscous a try since it seemed so easy to make, you do not even need a pot! So I had tomato, onion, mince (not the fruity kind), various spices cooked up with some couscous. Now I would not call it a run-away success but it was not bad for a first attempt :) filling and not burnt. And the reason that there is not a photo, is that presentation is definitely something I need to work on:)

The EEE has landed...

EEE PCI just got my new EEE PC 901 this morning from reception. I am glad that the order went well in light of it being shipped to the reception of the hostel :)
It is tiny, slightly smaller than I thought it would be which is good... but obviously also means that the keyboard is smaller than I thought it would be and I suspect that it will take some getting used to. Aside from the tiny keyboard the only other gripe I have, is that the left mouse button does not seem to work. Maybe this is a driver issue, if it still has not clicked by July I will call tech support. Just wanted to say that it is finally here, so I will be able to update this blog slightly more easily so look forward to some more news and at least one more travel tip :)

Week 1 - Munich

Just arrived in London and I have a moment to access the Internet, so I thought that I would write up what I can remember of the last week and by clicking on the links you can join me virtually. :)

On Monday the 11th I arrived very drowsily in Munich international airport after having spent the previous 12 hours on a plane to cramped to sleep a wink (the amount of flying I will be doing, I better work on that...). Just a quick note, I might get the days a little confused Munich was a blur, to much happening at once, I had a great time and have Sonja, my little sister, to thank for that ;)

It was great to see my sister again, after not having seen her for 4 months. My parents' plane arrived an hour later and we set out, little did I know what plans had been made.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (not entirely sure what happened when but I might straighten it out once things become clearer again :)):

Rented car, drove to Schloss Neuschwanstein. An amazing place, in the most picturesque setting. Not only did Ludwig II have the first telephone in Bavaria, he also had a flushing toilet, air based central heating and an battery powered reading lamp!! Unfortunately I was not allowed to take photos inside the castle because of copyright reasons. Needless to say everything inside is very ornate decorated in carved wood panels or wall-sized paintings depicting scenes from Wagner's operas (Ludwig II was a big fan :)). We missed out on Linderhof palace because of confused misleading "Navi" (read GPS). It lead us north almost back to Munich instead of through the Austria which would have been quick. Alas, I will have to go back :) While returning the car to the rental place in Munich I went through two orange lights which might result in me being ticketed. In South Africa orange means "go faster", I guess in Germany it means "stop".Oh well, still a pretty good average, one day two tickets. At night we went to go see Angels and Demons in an english cinema and although the movie was probably good, I did not enjoy it all that much. Significant parts also seem to have been changed to make it fit onto the big-screen.

Wright Brothers PlaneSaturday:
The German Museum is an enormous and magnificent museum, if only we had been able to go there during school a lot more people would have enjoyed physics :) There are tons of experiments to every conceivable field of study beautifully laid out. I was amazed; huge models of ships planes and actual satellites. It is definitely worth a visit but would require more than a day to do it justice. I will visit the science museum here in London to see how the two compare :) The museum was followed by dinner at Hofbräuhaus, then relaxing evening at home watching mentalist.

Train ride to Garmisch-Partenkirchen to meet the mother of an old school friend. Lunch at a cafeteria at Lautersee near Mittenwald with a fantastic view of the Alps. Then train ride back to an excellent home cooked meal. (My sister will make someone very happy one day :)) Getting ready for the next mornings flight and watching Dollhouse.

That's all for now, I must be more diligent in jotting down all the things that I do when I actually do them. And I need to take more photos. Oh and #1 traveller tip, keep some plasters in your hand-luggage :)

Why I will get detained at the airport...

I have been preparing for my journey and one of the things that has annoyed me about flying is that you can never use your own headphones in the plane. I recently bought a pair of Sennheiser CX300 and they are fantastic, if you do not want to hear your environment (they do have an annoying thump when you touch the cords...but that might be the topic of another post...) and would really like to use them in the plane. So I soldered myself a airline-to-stereo mini jack and because the headphones are soooo sensitive, an in-line volume control. I fear that I will get detained at the airport. I hope not, but I will keep you informed. :)

Update: I made it through the security check without a problem, I guess they are used to seeing the inside of electronics. Whats more, they let me through with my SwissCard. :)