I love you Oktoberfest

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Camping Thalkirchen

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Sunday, September 19, 2010

We checked into the campsite around 7:30am and the place was buzzing! People were either just arriving back to the campsite from a big night at the Oktoberfest or they were getting an early start and making their way to the Oktoberfest.  The campsite was packed.  As far as the eye could see of tents.  Everywhere you turned there were Aussies.  Yep....this is going to be a very interesting next few days and Trav and I knew we were going to love every minute of it.

We went to the showers straight away as we were warned about the lack of hot water.   It was only 8am and already there was a line up to the girls showers ...about 12 people ahead of me but I was happy to have hot water! 

We decided to head straight into Oktoberfest....these sorts of things cannot wait!  So I put my Bavarian Oktoberfest outfit on, Trav put his hat on (unfortunately he didn't get any Lederhosens!) and we made our way into Oktoberfest

Being a Sunday and only the second day, it was insanely busy.  We rocked up just as they were doing a street parade.  Men and women dressed in the traditional outfits, the smell of currywursts and port knuckles cooking, roars coming from the beer tents, screams coming from the rides all around us, people laughing and cheering and getting along with everyone!  It was the best atmosphere to soak up!  We went straight into a beer tent.  We were told that if you weren’t there at 8am, it was impossible to get a table.  They were right.  The beer tent was packed but we found a spot at the back around a bar and welcomed Oktoberfest with a beer...no other way to do it!  We sat next to a local who soon became our best friend.  He was a classic and utterly drunk.  It was hard enough to understand his German accent let alone his drunken slur.  We stayed for a few beers and also became friendly with the staff behind the bar.  They gave us a free shot of something...Trav described it as a sweet port as it started out sweet but then warmed your insides nice and quick.  We decided to check out another tent before we became too intoxicated to walk and the old guy decided to come with us and take us to the tent where the 'celebrities’ hang out.  We amused ourselves and followed him.  Security wasn’t letting anyone in as it was too packed but he let us in with the old guy and he started introducing us to so many people saying proudly that we are from Australia.  It got a bit weird so we told him we were going to the toilet and he insisted on taking us there.  Geez....that plan wasn’t going to work!  But I pretended to walk into the girls toilet, he walked into the guys and Trav and I legged it.  We felt a bit bad because the old guy was so nice.

We found another packed beer tent and finally found a table on the balcony.  Stayed for a few beers.  If you tip the beer wenches (thats their actual job title), they do a great job looking after you.  Found out afterwards that the balcony was all reserved seating but the only reason we got up there was because we wore a yellow wristband (the yellow wrist band had to be worn at the campsite we were staying at).  So that was a bonus as it was a great view overlooking everything.

We made our way out of this beer tent and headed towards the food.  Saw a guy trying to hold up his drunk mate.  His drunk mate was leaning up against a side of a building and kept falling over.  He threw up and then just laid there with half his head in his vomit.  It was pretty funny (and gross) and we were glad we weren’t that drunk!  That is Oktoberfest!

We grabbed some hot chips and scoffed them down and made our way back to the campsite.  It was an amusing ride home watching drunks staggering around.  They even had workers at the train station helping people on the train and probably making sure the drunks didn’t end up on the tracks.  The campsite was a massive partyfest with 4 security guys on the front gate, a beer wagon selling beer and people everywhere.  We relaxed for a bit and then decided to do our washing.  Some guy was creating a scene with the security guys....he either got too drunk and thought he could take them on or didn’t have a yellow wrist band and refused to leave.  Either way security tried to get the guy to leave and  It wasn’t until they pushed him and he went flying and hit his head on the ground that he realised he wasn’t able to take on all 4 big security guys...ahhh idiot.....  It was great to watch!         
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Dad Birdie on

Well done guys...............it looks like it was worthwhile to head back to Munich for this special Oktoberfest

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