9/21/15 Munich Airport
"The Icelandic word for the tightening in your heart onset by the realization that you're in a different country, surrounded by more foreign aspects of life than you've seen to that point, the energy provided by a hopeful and uncertain future"
"The long unfelt touch of someone who has lived in the city of You long enough to know the landmarks and favorite brasseries and the strange man working the corner store as well as the places unsafe at certain hours of day and night runs hot through your spine"
"We took advantage of free time and the freshly made bed and the bottle of vodka"
"Ruthlessly excluded by a spiky fell haired security guard who I'm sure, upon arrival to his home every night, stripped to white piss-stained briefs and shouted at his wife "ein pretzel!" before he threw a carefully folded blanket off the couch and watched FC Bayern highlights intermittently yelling "Bier! Schnelle!" at the poor woman until he faded into a sweat drenched sleep and the tired wife could finally cry in peace"
"Not once in the three days I spent in Munich did I see anyone except foreigners jaywalk. Everyone waited, smiling inwardly at the chance to indulge in law-abiding behavior, regardless of the number of crossable opportunities or their length, until the small red man turned to a small green man and their smiles widened to grins at the successful upholding of the social contract"
"In the Hofbraü tent the heroes of the day are those brave enough to stand atop the tables and drink their entire litre of beer in one effort. Stand, lift the glass and declare your intentions, show the people the foam still spills from the top of your stein, drink fast enough to scare the onlookers and revel as the hundreds of strangers stand and clap and tell and whistle... I asked the beerlady for another beer, she said it was already on its way."
"Alex in her dirndl caught every eye on our way to swing dance in an open space between tables. Nobody else danced but everyone smiled and laughed and a happy looking middle-aged woman speaking Japanese recorded us on a small point and shoot camera."
"When I finished my second stein on top the table I tipped it upside down over my head in celebration"
"I ate 3 meals in as many days... Beer does little to bind your stool. While waiting to enter the bnb I shit my fucking pants. Find a girl who loves you then and maybe she'll love you forever"
"A Bavarian woman I talked to told me 'In the Holocaust we forced all of God's people out. Now we have Allah's people.' I couldn't tell if she was trying to apologize for previous German racial discrimination at the same time admitting she now harbors those discriminations for a different group."