Just a couple weeks ago the biggest student led folk fest in Germany took place right outside of my apartment complex. StuStaCulum started in 1989 and now attracts over 40,000 visitors each year (crazy, right?) The space was small... most of the activity took place in the courtyard where I had a great view from my 13th story window and there were two other huge music tents set up (and lots of food and souvenir stands.) Dance and theater performances, fire shows, eating contests, and so much live music! My room didn't stop vibrating for 3 days, but it was one of the best weeks in Munich. It's back to normal now, but there are new festivals every week here. So much to see, so little time ;)
Like promised, here are some of the photos of the church retreat from last weekend. We stayed at Schloss Mittersill, a beautiful castle in the Austrian Alps. The views were incredible, the activities were a blast, and I met so many amazing people. The second day we took a hike up the mountain to the Krimml Waterfalls, the fifth highest waterfalls in the world. We took a break at a little mountain hut before descending, where I tried Germknoedel, an Austrian specialty, for the first time. It's basically a sweet dumpling filled with plum jam and covered in a mixture of poppy seeds and vanilla sauce. On the drive back to Munich we stopped at Hintersee, a beautiful lake in a valley surrounded by mountains. How peaceful would it be to live here?