Oktoberfest

Trip Start Jan 13, 2005
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Saturday, October 1, 2005

What a great and absolutly exhausting journey to oktoberfest and back again. I traveled with a group of five people; Drew, Brian, Sarah, Kirstin and I. All of us except for Kirstin are from Northern Michigan University. We took the evening train from Vienna to Munich on Thursday night after classes. We arrived shortly after seven slightly refreshed from sleeping on the train. It was to early to enter the beer tents so we began the festivities by wondering around part of Munich and visiting a bar to begin our festivities in. We left and were in prime party mode by 10 am when the beer tents opened. Now keep in mind that everybody refers to them as tents, but they are really large open building designed to house a lot of drunk people. I had consumed three liters of beer by 11:30am and decided it was time to venture outside and enjoy the amusment park. My friend Brian accompanied me as we went from Bumper Cars, to roller coasters and then more roller coasters. Wow, it was crazy. The afternoon got a little hazy for me for unspecified reasons, but I was feeling better by 4 or so. I consumed large amounts of pretzels to help soak up the alcohol. I didn't drink anymore for the rest of the afternoon, choosing to enjoy the company of the people around us. At the bench we chose to sit at we were encircled by people from all over Europe. To our left was a Swedish Band trying to make it big, to the right was a bunch of germans from Frankfurt and behind us was a roudy group of Italians. I think that we left by eight or so in the evening, and chose to catch the same night train home. I arrived back in Vienna around six in the morning on Saturday, and I slept until four in the afternoon. I got up around four and played on the internet for a few hours before colapsing back into bed around ten. Oktoberfest is the greatest place ever, if you are under 35, and have the chance, I would highly reccomend it.
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