Christy and Aaron Tracker

Follow Christy and Aaron on their backpacking trip around the world

The REAL Cinderella Castle

Posted by Christy in Posts on 07 31st, 2010

We decided to take a day trip to see Schloss Neuschwanstein, the castle that inspired the design for Cinderella’s abode in the Disney movie and amusement park. Well, we got to see it from a distance for a full 15 minutes. It kind of sucked because we traveled 6 hours to see it (due to a missed train, a full bus, getting lost in town which lead to missing ANOTHER train). Everything was so beautiful, we wished we had more time. I still say it was worth it, while at the time Aaron felt otherwise. Here are the pictures we took:

Christy at Schloss Neuschwanstein Schloss Neuschwanstein Christy at Schloss Hohenschwangau
Aaron with a waterfall Christy and Schloss Hohenschwangau

Do you think it was worth it? Come onnnn, its the REAL Cinderella castle! 😉

Bavarian Beer

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 07 29th, 2010

Let me first start off by saying, I am not, and have never considered myself a beer snob. The extreme majority of beer I drink is standard American Lager like Bud Light, Miller Light, or whatever is cheapest. I think the previous sentence is the first time I ever used the phrase “American Lager” to describe a beer. To me it is all just beer, and I like it. Christy has never acquired a taste for beer, preferring sugary cocktails. “The sweeter the alcohol the better,” is Christy’s motto.

Now that the context is set… Bavarian beer is AMAZING! Our hostel in Munich had a free Bavarian beer tasting. We got to try 4 beers and we learned the histories and differences between the different types of beer. The 4 types we tried were Helles, Hefeweisen, Pilsner, and Dunkel. Pilsner is not native to Bavaria, but was used as a comparison beer. We liked the taste of all of the beers but the Franzishaner Hefewisen (wheat beer) was our favorite. According to our beer guide, Bavarian beer purity laws prevent Bavarian beer from having an ingredient other than hops, barley, water, wheat, or yeast. He swears, that as a result, it is impossible to get a hangover if drinking only Bavarian beer. Our budget did not allow us to test his theory, but we did drink beer throughout our stay to properly experience the culture.

Bavarian beer tasting

A little piece of America in Germany

Posted by Aaron in Posts on 07 28th, 2010

Our first destination in Germany was Stuttgart to visit a high school friend and his wife. Tim is in the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany.

It was our first time being on a military base. We were full of questions about Army and base life. As we were pulling into security Tim and Kally likened base living to a little America away from America. As we spent more time on the base we began to appreciate what they meant. Twice, Kally took us to the general store on base to shop around for supplies and food. She was nice enough not to laugh as we wandered around, happily surrounded by familiar brands. We had to pay for our pancake mix with United States dollars. Everyone spoke with American accents. Even the colors reminded us of being in a Wal-Mart. Is it sad to say we have come to feel Wal-Mart feels very American?

Christy loved Tim and Kally’s dog Ki. She has been missing our dog Homer, so it was really nice for her to have a dog around again.

Christy with Ki

Tim is a medic, so he was able to placate Christy’s ever increasing fear of parasites and sicknesses. We got a lot of useful advice on staying healthy and minimizing sickness. Once again, the number one rule is avoiding water.

With Chrisy’s dog and medication needs satisfied, we had some time left over for sightseeing. German art was a little different than other things we had seen.

Old German leaders

Our favorite sight in Stuttgart was an old Paternoster elevator that cannot be made anymore because the design is too dangerous. The elevator has no door and the cars just continuously move up and down. We were all really glad we listened to the random stranger on the street who told us about this elevator.

Our time in Stuttgart quickly came to an end and we had to say goodbye to Tim, Kally, and Ki. It was hard to leave the comforts of America away from America and old friends, but we were recharged and excited to get to Munich.

Aaron, Christy, Kally, Tim, and Ki