Hello from London. I recently had a study visit to a London Brewery. Our British Life & Business professor escorted us to the Sambrook’s Brewery in Battersea where we learned about how ale is brewed. This brewery has been in operation since 2008. The brewmaster described the process from malt to beverage and then we were invited to sample a variety of half pints produced there. It was one of the many new experiences I have participated in since arriving in London.
I also want to share a new travel experience with you. This past weekend, I left England for the first time. I flew by EasyJet airlines from Gatwick airport non-stop to Munich, Germany with one of my flatmates. Upon arriving, we took the S-Bahn, a rapid railway system, directly from the airport to the center of town. The transportation systems available for travel in the British Isles and Europe are sophisticated and extensive. It makes quick trips possible and affordable. We explored the Marienplatz, or central plaza, where the glockenspiel is located. This enormous clock performs on the hour with dancing figures and a crowing rooster.
The Marienplatz is the location of some of the oldest and most well known restaurants in Munich. We ate lunch in zum Spockmeier which has been in business since 1450. Imagine a restaurant in continuous operation before Europeans even explored North America! The city is easy to navigate and we discovered the Victualenmarkt, or farmer’s market, which was a great place to see the people and culture of Munich.
Later we went to the Hofbrau Haus and enjoyed traditional oompah music, German singing and a pretzel. The staff was dressed in Bavarian clothing and it was an authentic look at old Bavaria, where Munich is located. One of the reasons we chose to visit Munich was to really experience the culture, food, language and sites of a place close enough for a weekend visit, but different from London and the parts of England we have seen so far. It was an amazing weekend and I’m so glad I now have the confidence to travel and explore on my own.
Until next time,