A day of trains yesterday and now in Munich, which always feels like my second home. I managed to catch up with my friends Richard and Markus last night even though I was too late to make the traditional stammtisch; and spent the morning today getting settled into the apartment. The hardest part is transitioning to German after finally starting to get up to speed and comfortable in French, especially when little things like the "thank you" after buying something have become routine. That quizzical look I get after I say "merci" just out of habit but to the German shopkeeper who has already figured out I primarily speak English is priceless.
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