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Rob officially has his permanent residency visa (woohoo!) so we’re here for a couple more years at least. But getting this visa meant we could also start our non-domestic travels again. Before Christmas, we went to visit James and Meike in Munich! We were happily drowned Christmas decorations and German hospitality. I love their homemade advent calendars!

Christmas candle Advent Calendar - German style

James' advent calendar

Mieke baking biscuits James is Santa's Helper

We were treated to delicious German-style breakfasts with boiled eggs, hams, cheeses and fresh bread.

Breakfast time - German style!

Rob also helped Meike make some Christmas mince pies using James’ mum’s fruit mince recipe. They were so yum! We ate far too many of them that weekend.

Rob helping with Christmas pies Making Christmas pies

Homemade Christmas pies

One of James’ and Meike’s friends had a dress-up birthday party – essentially a superhero/what you wanted to be when you grew up. Great fun! (And yes, I’ve had a haircut!)

Superheroes Costume Party!

James and Meike also took us to no less than 5 Christmas markets during our stay. Awesome! So much mulled wine on snowy cold days in some of the best locations in Munich.

Mulled wine at Theresienwiese christmas markets Warm mulled wine on a cold day

Residenz Christmas Market

Medieval Christmas Market with gospel singing at the Wittelsbacher Platz

Christmas market at Marienplatz Yum yum!

The 5th Christmas market we went to was out in the Bavarian town of Landsberg. The whole town centre is full of stalls. We had more mulled wine! We were also chuffed that Rob’s school friend Chris came out to meet us as well!

Christmas makrets in Landsberg

Chris Rapson and me at Landsberg

We finally visited Hofbrauhaus – the largest beer house in Munich. It’s quite touristy and most people there weren’t German, but it’s a great atmosphere and lots of fun!

Beers at Hofbrauhaus Beer and giant pretzels!

Under the heat lamps outside!

Our last touristy activity was to visit the BMW showroom and museum. Munich is the home of BMW and the headquarters are suitably impressive! It’s a great museum with the oldest cars produced by BMW all the way to some prototypes and models. Worth a visit!

BMW Showroom Building BMW Showroom Building

First BMW motorcycle 1923 BMW 315/1 from 1934

BMW isetta 250 Standard 1955 BMW 328 MM from 1938

BMW 3 Series cars Mocking up a car shape

We had a wonderful trip in Munich full of snow, mulled wine, delicious meals and great company. Big thanks to James and Meike for being amazing hosts during our trip! We’ll see you in September.

xx

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