The Munchen Wagon does Oktoberfest!

Trip Start Jul 11, 2008
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Trip End Feb 28, 2009


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Thursday, September 25, 2008

OKTOBERFEST IN MUNICH: (25.09.08- 28.09.08)



Sorry that this blog is of such poor quality. I simply don't have the time these days to write a
good, detailed blog. I figure that it is better to get something online now and
then maybe fix it up later, rather than delaying posting the blog for weeks...


Dave, Fletcher, Ben,
Mike, Trevor, Charlie, Sarah, Alessandro & I piled into our 9-seat van (a
VW Transporter) and began our journey to Munich for what was to be an amazing
weekend of drinking, singing at Oktoberfesting.


We left Copenhagen at about 5.30pm on Thursday afternoon and drove down overnight, taking a 2 hour
ferry to cross from Denmark to Germany. On the ferry, we all designed our white
t-shirts that we would get people to sign and also decorated our van, which we
affectionately named the 'Munchen Wagon'. Once we got to Germany, most of the
trip was on unrestricted speed limit freeways. It was quite an experience to
drive along the O-barn (sp??) at night with our van hitting speeds in excess of
170km/h. We had 3 drivers who took turns behind the wheel and the other 2
people in the front row stayed awake with the driver while the rest of the van
slept. This worked well as the trip flew by and before we knew it we were in
Munich and it was 6.30am.



We parked the van in a park & ride carpark about 20mins outside of Munich and jumped on a train to
make our way to the Oktoberfest grounds.

Doner Kebab for breakfast

Walked to the Oktoberfest grounds

Waited in line at what looked like the most popular tent - The Hofbrau Festzelt

Spent the whole day in the tent - completely drunk by 1pm

Went outside to get some fresh air, got a hat bought for me.

Went back into the tent to continue drinking until about 6.30pm

Stole a couple of beer steins under our jackets as souvenirs

We all left & went to get some dinner (another doner kebab)- ended up in a pub called Hakuna
Mutata and had another beer (for some stupid reason)

Got back to the van and had a reasonable nights sleep despite it being freezing cold.



Day 2:

Up at 7am, got ready for Oktoberfest and left by 7.30am - beer tents were to open at 9am today

Got to Oktoberfest at 8am

Waited in line of the Augustiner - Festhalle until about 9.30 - couldn't work out why the doors
hadn't opened. Wandered around the side and found that they were only letting
people in through the side doors. By the time we got in there it was totally
packed so we decided to try another tent.

Went to the Hippodrom - 4 of us got inside - the rest didn't. We went inside and it was also packed.
Got invited to sit in the reserved section until midday. Had a couple of beers
& Alessandro had something to eat.

Went outside and ran into the rest of our group in the outside beer garden of the Hippodrom. Stayed
there all day.

Bought a pork knuckle for lunch - absolutely delicious. Tender meat with yummy cracking, accompanied
by pickled onions, dumplings and gravy.

Stay and drank until about midnight.

Left and lost Dave & Fletcher in the house of mirrors (Dave had the key)

So Mike, Ben & I went back to the van. Ran into Charlie, Sarah & Trevor at the train
station.

We all waited for a while for Dave and then at about 1.30am when he still hadn't come, we went and
slept in a hotel lobby for a while. Woke up at about 4am when the baker came in
with the bread delivery - looked at us all lying in the lobby, laughed and then
left. We decided to leave also, and picked up some of the freshly baked bread
for a late night snack on our way out.

Went back to the van, Dave was there with Fletcher, sound asleep.

Tried to sleep on the floor between the front and middle seats. Had no blanket, turns out that
someone was sleeping on top of it and didn't realise. I was absolutely
freezing. Couldn't sleep. Eventually dozed off for about half an hour. Then
woke up shivering when the sun came up. Woke everyone in the van up. We headed
back for Berlin.

I slept for the first 6 hours of the trip back.

We all were so tired and hung-over that we decided to skip Berlin and go straight back to Copenhagen instead.

We arrived back in Copenhagen at about midnight.



Looking back on the trip, it would have been good to do Oktoberfest the 1st day,
sightseeing around Munich and recovery on the 2nd day, then
Oktoberfest again on the 3rd day. Anyway, it was a great trip. An
adventure. Thanks must go to Dave for organising the whole thing.
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