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Date: Tuesday, July 22, 1958
Place: Munich, Germany
Weather: Horrible – Rainy

Frustration plus! Next time I’m on a bus from 9:00 to 5:30, and have hard roll sandwiches for lunch, I hope I’m unconscious. Pouring rain, high mountains, twisting narrow roads, John in a bad mood, Bill groaning and sniffing and Peepers saying I hadn’t spoken to him for three days didn’t add to the enjoyment either! To top it all off we are staying way out in the boon-docks! Good luck on Jim and Dick ever finding us. We didn’t get any mail either, and if I don’t have a letter from young Froberg tomorrow, I really will have a fit.

Sue and I are rooming together after pulling a switch. John was really teed off ’cause he “hates clicks”. Too bad.

Then came supper and as usual the stomachs couldn’t get enough to eat. Bill Bobbsey sat at our table and the poor dear was actually embarrassed – said we were stuffing in enough for a transatlantic crossing! I did eat four potatoes (only) though, and after ice-cream for dessert I was still hungry. I told John I was going to get some cake, and he said, “you’re kidding”, but Sue and I found a pastry shop and indulged in cake and coffee! After that we met the Bobbseys on the street and told them that we were coming to their room for a party. Bill squirmed, but Peepers was too eager! Bed at 10:30!!

Beer is a big part of the culture in Munich – Germany is seen as one of the great beer producers in the world. For several hundred years, the German beer industry was regulated by the Reinheitsgebot, also known as the “German Beer Purity Law”. Originating in 1516, the law stated that beer could be made using only three ingredients – water, barley, and hops. After its discovery in the 18th century, yeast was added to the list of accepted ingredients.

The Reinheitsgebot has been viewed as benefiting bread bakers more than brewers because it reserved the use of wheat and rye for baking. The law was officially repealed in 1987 and at that time was the oldest food quality regulation in the world. To this day, many German breweries choose to continue adherence to the standards set forth by the Reinheitsgebot.

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