The trip to Europe (Amsterdam, Munich, and Prague) went fantastic. With the exception of the day in Prague, the weather was blue skies and sunny. We spent many hours walking Amsterdam and sight-seeing in the Central Ring area. We also made it out of to the country-side the last day in Amsterdam and saw perhaps closer to what our ancestors left back in 1910s. We were pretty jet lagged however in Amsterdam and kept waking up at 3 am with nothing to do, but read and occasionally live stream a KC Royals game. I even got out for an early morning run one day and saw dawn breaking across the city without getting lost too much in the canals. The only near disaster came the last day as we prepared to leave Amsterdam, the German railway workers announced their labor strike, which initially meant we had no way to Munich. After a stressful hour in the Amsterdam Centraal rail station, we found an alternative rail plan to Munich and quickly hopped on the next train.
By Munich however, we understood the local mass transit system and how to get around. The food was simply fantastic from the famous Hofbrauhaus to our visit to the rural picturesque village of Mittenwald. The sauerkraut (white and red) was beyond measure. We loved the wursts (sausages) and the schnitzels. We enjoyed just simply walking through the English Gardens, the German streets, and touring the country-sides. We did however start with a sobering trip through Dachau concentration camp to provide perspective. In our last day in Germany, we took a trip south to Fussen and Neuschwanstein Castle.
In Prague like I mentioned, we had our first not ideal day weather-wise. It was rainy all day we had set for touring the city, but we didn’t let that hold us back. Prague definitely wasn’t as clean as the other cities, but it definitely had its own charm in terms of being well-preserved, having survived largely untouched from World War 2. We didn’t have much time in Prague, so we probably didn’t give its history its due deserve. Being the home of Pilsner beer, the Pilsner Urquell was simply phenomenal. I drank more “masses” of beer than I have in the last 5 years.
I largely expected coming back from Europe having regained all the 17 pounds I had lost before leaving. I ate relatively lower carb not eating most of the bread, but it was not strict at all. I enjoyed my aardbei (strawberry) desserts while in Europe. The pidgeons in Europe enjoyed my -wurst buns more than I would have, but I had a lot of beer (for me). We did walk a ton while there, and that was my one hope to counteract what I did eat. I came back and was exactly the same weight. In the last ten days since returning, I have dropped another 4 pounds to bring my total to 21 pounds down.