With a little rest, our brains began working again and by Friday morning and we became luggage maneuvering experts. The use of many luggage lockers at train stations and checking in for our India flight the afternoon beforehand allowed us to cut our baggage-carrying in half. We felt rather brilliant, even though every other traveler around us had also figured out this secret.
Munich was good though we would have much rather been in Evan's grandparent's village. Frankly, the train to/from there would have wiped us out, I fear, so we will save that trip for another time soon.
We spent Saturday at the zoo, Hellabrunn Tierpark, about 25 minutes from our hotel. It's a geo park and the kids got to see their elephant before they even arrived in India. Oakes also really enjoyed watching the monkeys - he decided that one particular monkey would've done very well on American Ninja Warrior.
They also had a fantastic play area for the kids (and Biergarten for the parents!) and Evan took them here to explore while I finished my lunch and watched.
Sunday was spent lounging and playing games in our hotel while figuring out how we would travel to the airport at 8am on a Monday with all our luggage. And with that problem solved, we took the train to the airport and back to check in and deposit our checked luggage. We also shopped around a bit and bought Evan a Bayern-Munich jersey since we haven't been able to find a Germany one for him here.
Our Monday flight left Munich around noon so that morning was spent eating, packing, and traveling to the airport to gear up for this new beginning.
How are the kids? We think they've adjusted to the time change pretty well, all things considered. They've also both made reference to "home" - as in, "when we get back to Asheville..." or "I want to see ___" (insert name of any grandparent). It's a little heartbreaking, but once we remind them that we will be in India for a while, they are okay with it and move on to their next thought.