What do Brazilians Do in Munich When They See Snow for the First Time?

What do Brazilians Do in Munich When They See Snow for the First Time?

By  Thursday, 1.1.2015, 14:08    Blog

I live on what is officially the sunniest island in Europe, and one which is frequently named in the top ten most beautiful islands in the world. You can learn more about the island of Hvar on my Hvar portal here, and it really is a stunning place to visit. With an average of 2.718 hours of sunshine a year (not sure how they counted that) and rumoured free hotel rooms if it snows, the weather is a key topic. 

Here is the terrace view:

And while it may be wonderful living on a sunshine island, there is one big disadvantage with small children when it only snows about every ten years.

There is no snow. 

The big exception was February 2012, when snow covered the whole island, causing Christmas card views from the terrace. But that was the last time the kids has seen snow, and it only last a couple of days.

So as we headed to Munich for a couple of days after Christmas, there was great expectation from the little ones that there would be plenty of snow to play with.

And Munich did not disappoint. We noticed the first flakes high above Marienplatz, flakes which quickly grew in size and frequency, until very soon the pedestrian zone towards the main station was completely covered. The kids could scarcely contain themselves, and our parental prayers were answered. We wanted to have a nice sushi meal, which the kids would not eat, but all worked out perfectly as we found a restaurant with large windows which allowed us to supervise the kids in the snow outside, while we enjoyed some fresh Japanese cuisine in the warm inside. 

There was snow EVERYWHERE, and the kids were having a great time, but as they soon discovered, it was not just children who were having fun in the snow. We came across a young couple in their twenties near the River Isar, obviously enjoying themselves as they built an impressive snowman. The kids went over to help and we fell into conversation.

"Isn't this exciting?" said the young girl, who told us they were on holiday from Brazil. "This is the first time we have seen snow EVER. We are having so much fun building this snowman, and we can't wait to send pictures to friends back home."

Whether you are from Croatia's sunniest island or exotic Brazil, sometimes the pleasures of a foreign city are very simple indeed...  

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Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (www.croatia-split.com), Total Hvar (www.total-hvar.com) and Total Inland Dalmatia (www.total-inland-dalmatia.com), as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on info@total-munich.com or visit my main writing website, www.bossandblogger.com 

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