Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
58Trip End Apr 15, 2008
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Our time in Munich, for better or worse, was little more than one thing: OKTOBERFEST!
It was wild. More beer consumption than I have ever witnessed. The comraderie of a Penn State football game times 100. And the greatest concentration of drunk people (young, old, and really really old) I´ve ever seen.
Over 1 million visited the Wiesen (Oktoberfest grounds) the first weekend alone. Joel and I were among them, decked out in our dirndl and liederhosen, escorted by Nadya, our hostess and angel in Munich. We maneuvered through the tents, the biergartens, the carnival and its rides, always with massive beers in hand.
At first, though dressed like a couple of average Bavarians, we felt like aliens. We didn't know the language, the songs - we couldn't have even ordered a beer on our own. Thanks to our dear, sweet friend Nadya and her friends, we felt right at home in no time. We were dancing on the tables, singing at the top of our lungs, and chugging liter after liter together.
No fights. No drama. An entire tent of thousands, being loud and boisterous, and every single one of them in good spirits. Hugging, laughing, dancing, singing (all of which are my favorite things to do when drinking massive quantities of beer). We loved it.
Blessed with perfect weather opening weekend, we got to party with our friends visiting from New York, Robert, Kathryn and Oscar. After being on the road for so many weeks it was so perfect to be surrounded by the friendly faces of such great friends. There really is very little in this world that is more fun than a very drunk Robert Lee and he lived up to his reputation. We really are unable to express how much fun it really was. We also need to thank three Germans who went out of their way to show us the real Weisen. Danny, Michael and Hannas took us around and put us on the rides and had Joel swinging the strong man hammer- it was really cool of them.
We know you are thinking "alcoholics" about now, so in our defense, we did go and see the city on a few of the days also. We nursed a hangover at the English Gardens, which is actually bigger and (don't kill me) prettier than Central Park. Check out the pictures we shot of the river surfers. We also spent a lot of time in Marienplatz, sightseeing and shopping for warmer clothes - it's fall all of a sudden and the shorts and sandals we're used to just won't do any more.
And it's only gonna get colder. Prague is next.