I wish my keyboard had umlauts! Such a non-German giveaway :-/ [ Reason to buy a new laptop!]
So well, 6 days into Muenchen and on the weekend I realised I couldn’t sit here at my apartment window desk, watch movies every weekend, or look at Facebook and never try anything. Every time I go to a new city, everyone already has a plan. And a group to plan the plan with. And so, I decided to take matters (finally) into my own hands, and well, on Facebook. I couldn’t be the *only* person in the ten million who was new.
I found a “Neu in Muenchen” group, decide to utilise my half-baked Deutsch and asked people if they were interesting in an eating-group. Just to try out new places. It worked, and today was our first dine out. Once I had enough people I just called up and reserved a table. Easy.
La Fattoria is a small, one man run restaurant close to where I live- may not be on the guide books, but a wonderful experience. It’s Italian as the name suggests and we promptly ordered our drinks (my Apfel Schorle-<3) and Pastas. Of course with several people around, we couldn’t sit out and eat- though the rain had made the outside quite delectable. We were all cribbing and fanning to ward off the tropical temperatures (ohne ventilatur und ACs) till the food arrived. I don’t recall anyone talking about heat till we finished- now that’s a good sign, no? I ended up eating something divine with Aubergine. People across me were eating some awesome fish platter- which I think I am ordering next time [:mental note].
Conversation was easy. I’m not afraid of new people in general. Especially those who come in with an open mind too. My Deutsch isn’t anywhere close to good, but nowadays I like it if people speak in it around me, just because I understand the context and what they’re saying. Of course I wish I could answer back better and react, but that’s another story. We were all new so there was a lot going into introductions, wine-weather-Muenchen-Where are you from-Where do you work-even the tragedy of how tough buying an Isarcard can be (I had just suffered in the morning).
We all walked up to the Kasse to pay and I realised though I had called up and asked if it were okay to pay by card, it weren’t so and I had obviously misunderstood. So that hassled me and the owner just simply said I shouldn’t worry and pay him the next time. I still can’t believe it. Talk to anyone about Deutsch customer service, they don’t say much. In fact I have joked enough times myself that the customer service here equals: A tut mir leid (I am sorry, can’t do it!). So this was perfectly shocking. In the greatest way. Of course I found some money then. Paid and tipped. Still shocked a bit.
I walked back with a newly discovered neighbour and got a few more suggestions of new things to experience. Sometimes being proactive doesn’t hurt, does it?
PS: No photos because I felt too shy and intrusive to ask if we could click a photo, perhaps next time if we group up again 🙂