Today’s weather is cloudy, possibility of rain and very windy. Now at this point, I wanted to go over to see one of Ludwig’s fairy tale castles but it is 130k away and about 35 euros on the train, so change of plan I will go and see the biggest European wholesale market. It would seem that they run guided tours for the princely sum of 3 Euros.
The Großmarkthalle München (Wholesale Market Munich) is a German-international wholesale market located in the Munich borough of Sending. In an area of 310,000 m², 270 importing companies and wholesalers offer 140 different product classes from 83 countries with a sales volume of more than 750 million Euros. Additionally, there are 65 horticultural producers, 45 florists and 15 wholesalers of miscellaneous lines. The market’s geographical sales area is virtually “boundless“: day after day it supplies a region with approximately 5 million people and delivers goods to almost every European country.
I have been asked about various things on my trip, and one was,
“Why do I not use my new smartphone as a GPS?”
The short answer is I don’t simply wish to get from A to B I’m an explorer. I want to soak up the ambulance, hear the sounds, and smell the city, get to know her, find little gems that I would not have, found otherwise. You see it does not matter if the 6k journey takes me two hours to get there, I like cycling around the city, I’m having fun.
On the subject of markets, I have found my diet has changed dramatically. Here supermarkets and shops, also stalls outside shops, that seem to sell anything that will turn a profit, are fruit and vegetable displays, so you can buy several single items and not a pre-pack of one. So I have been buying lots of fruit, to nibble, things I have not had for years, such as Pomegranates, fresh dates, huge pears, and of course apples and oranges. They are super plentiful and super cheap, and really super to eat.
A have always loved Chinese food. When I lived in Edinburgh, we would go, at least once a month, to our favourite Chinese restaurant. Then things changed Indian restaurants and fast food joints arrived, which I never frequented. Out walking one evening I came across a small Chinese shop. I say shop because it was really just a kitchen with lots of cooks doing their thing, and then filling it into cartons for you to take away, there was a clue in the name, Box and Go.
There seemed to be the top ten listed on a board, so I started with number 1 at 3.50 euro and included noodles, spring onion and bamboo shoots. Boy do you get a lot for your money, I was struggling by the time I saw the bottom of the carton. I have not been going every night but had a couple of treats there, a pleasant change.
Of course, this change in diet, if that is what it is, comes at a cost, my visits to the toilets are much more of a splash rather than a plop.
This will be my last day and night in Munich off somewhere els tomorrow, (so my computer tells me) so another train ride.