Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany

First job in the UK, and a short trip to Munich

Hello hello! Quite a bit has happened since my last thorough blog post, but I don’t feel like going into the finer details just yet. I’ll share some quick highlights though!

The main one is that I started a new job last week! It’s been an utter whirlwind of trying to wrap around my head around working in a brand new industry. Data analytics, in general, is all the same. You’re trying to measure something with metrics that are unique to an industry. But at the beginning, when you’re new to the industry, it’ll take you a long time to get used to all the measurements and formulas. That’s my biggest challenge right now.

Besides my new job though, there’s other good news to share – I paid a trip to Munich, Germany about three or four days before I started working. It was very much an impromptu vacation. After requesting my earliest start date at work, I immediately went online to book a flight to a European country. I knew that it was going to be a solo trip, so I knew the country I picked had to be receptive of tourists who spoke only English. So Germany it was!

I’ve always wanted to visit Germany. I’ve also always wanted to do a road trip around the country – too bad I don’t have a driver’s license though – but because Munich is so far down south in the country, I figured that if I ever do end up doing a road trip in Germany, it would have to skip over Munich.

Munich was absolutely beautiful! I had the foresight to check the weather for the five days I was there because I knew I wanted to visit the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle on a day with good weather. It was incredibly sunny the day I visited, so even though I look squinty in my photos with the castle, I’m still so glad I went because it ended up raining my last two days in Munich.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

I’ve heard that the city of Munich is considered expensive compared to the rest of Germany, but I didn’t find it overly expensive. London is a way more expensive city to live in! I suppose living in London the past couple of months has made me numb to how expensive other cities actually are. That’s not a good thing!

I also visited the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, the Nymphenburg Palace (which is the building you see in the featured image with the swan), and St. Michael’s Church during my time in Munich. Bavarian architecture is just absolutely beautiful. I was really impressed by the intricate details Bavarian architects include in their building designs. You can’t see that sort of elaborateness over in Canada.

Anyway, it was a really nice trip to Munich. I’m glad I did such an impulsive vacation before I started work because I’ve got so much to learn the next couple of months. Hopefully, I won’t ghost on this blog due to work!

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I stood at the bar for like, 10 minutes trying to get the attention of one of the bartenders, but he just continued to look over my head. It was packed in this pub – at least two groups of #RealMadrid fans hanging around, decked out in full gear! – so what with busy bartenders and waiters, no one gave a two-shits about this East Asian girl standing and looking helplessly at the bar. Fair enough.⁣
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Finally though, I managed to get the bartender's attention and ordered a mojito. (Also recommended on @foursquare.) The bartender yells at his co-bartender buddy, and I apparently have to wait some more for this mojito to arrive. After a bit, I'm tired of standing around, and walks over to his buddy's side of the bar and looks at him expectantly.⁣
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This guy is cuuute. The top half of his face reminds me of @oscar_emboaba – the eyebrows, the eyes, the hair. But he still takes ages to give me this damn mojito and the free plate of tapas that comes with it. The whole meal cost only €6, but I still want my food, thanks.⁣
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Anyways, after what must've been 15 minutes since walking through the door of this tapas pub, I'm finally served my food and drink. The mojito turns out to be way bigger than the #Foursquare tips said; it's about maybe 3 to 5 times the size of a normal glass of mojito in London or Toronto. The free tapas were decent, but nothing to shout about.⁣
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While I was eating and drinking though, I had to entertain myself with either my phone or the hustle bustle of the venue. That meant a lot of people watching. A lot of people watching that included the groups of local Real Madrid fans – figured that  I should leave for the stadium relatively the same time as they do – and the cute bartender.⁣
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