Sunday, September 23, 2012

Auf Wiedersehen, Oktoberfest!

The Oktoberfest early in the morning!
After a lot of planning and organizing, Oktoberfest was certainly a success! We arrived in Munich, and wandered for a bit before grabbing something to eat and heading to our (surprisingly nice) hotel. We made our way to the Oktoberfest early in the morning, only to find they wouldn’t serve us beer until noon! Unfortunately, it started raining at about 10:30 a.m., and the majority of us were soaked through and through. I was amazed by the fact that most people simply ignored the rain and kept on enjoying themselves. We attempted to adopt the German attitude of “rain or shine,” and although we found it difficult, we powered through. It was an absolute struggle to get inside one of the world-famous tents, so we settled for the patio, which was equally entertaining. 
Head-size pretzels-YUM!
We drank the massive mugs of delicious beer, had bratwurst and sauerkraut and giant pretzels, and all-around, we did as the Germans did. We definitely met some interesting characters, those we enjoyed and those we just wanted to get away from. It was wet and cold and we were outside the whole time, and we only got to stay for about 24 hours. Alternatively, we encountered some of the warmest individuals who just wanted to have a good time regardless of the conditions. The richness of our Oktoberfest experience was well worth the money and long traveling hours, and it was one of the most memorable events I have been a part of. I only hope I can return, but next time, I’m going all out and wearing traditional garb so I can fit in with the locals! 

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