Oktoberfest 2010

Trip Start Sep 28, 2010
Trip End Oct 06, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, September 30, 2010

We were unable to go to bed until five in the morning on Thursday and although the plan to get up and out the door to the Oktoberfest by 9 a.m. sounded really good ... (reality and staying in a bed so comfortable, I wish I could take it home with me, won out) ... we actually got up much later but were still at the festival grounds around noonish. We took a walk out the door of our hotel and within 10 minutes unexpectedly walked right into the grounds. 

The festival grounds are full of very large tents for revelers to hang out and drink and dance and socialize in if you've purchased a ticket. There are roller coasters and bumper cars and outdoor bier gartens and all sorts of other rides on the festival grounds. There was really loud music blasting from all around. Talk about visual and audio over stimulation ... We stayed for an hour or so and then wandered back into town

I really loved all the lederhosen and dirndl outfits. I'd love a dirndl and we found a store named Angermaier that sold them and I tried one on that fit me perfectly. As I mentioned before, everything in Munchen is expensive. Finding a dirndl online or in a smaller German town would most likely be a much better bargain. The dirndls cost much less than the lederhosen. I couldn't believe it when Tim told me that the leather lederhosen were going for at least 700 euros. Quite an investment. It's a great look, though. Once you add the leather suspenders, a shirt, some of those awesome thick socks, a sweater, vest and hat ... cha ching! You better be hitting up every Oktoberfest you can or just embrace your inner German and wear it. I'd like some lederhosen bottoms for myself but the only way I see that happening is to find a thrift store where I may get lucky. 

After that, we headed back to our hotel, took a nap and then soaked in the hot tub before dinner.

Internet connectivity was really lacking. That surprised me. No wifi at a hotel that charged a lot. 

Back down to the festival grounds after a break and after the lederhosen and dirndl sticker shock, we tried out some more bier, rode some rides, ate some fair food and then called it a good day. 
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