The Hunt for Oktoberfest

Trip Start Sep 11, 2005
Trip End Dec 13, 2005

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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

September 21, 2005 The Hunt for Oktoberfest

You would think that if you are headed to Munich, Germany in the height of their largest festival, you would be able to find it. In our trek to get to Garmisch, Germany we found out that we were traveling through Munich. We decided to stow are bags in some lockers and head for the Oktoberfest. We wandered through Munich following the masses of people. We were looking for some signs, music, or indication that we were traveling in the right direction. We found Glockenspiel Platz and the amazing clock that it was centered around. We continued on and on and never found the festival.

We were getting frustrated so we became the lame tourist who stopped and asked. The hotel guided us in the right direction and we now had a map to track our way. We had headed in the complete wrong direction. The festival was in fact very close to where we originally started, but just in a different direction. We did get to see a lot of Munich though, so we were thankful for that.

Eventually we found the festival. We headed in alongside of many people dressed in the traditional alpine clothing. It was neat to see so many people dressed the part. From the entrance we found many rides and great looking food. It reminded us of the state fair. We quickly grabbed a chocolate covered waffle and elephant ear type pastry. Yummy!

Charlie was in search of the beer, we are at Oktoberfest after all. You would think that getting a beer at the biggest beer festival would be an easy task. It was quite obvious from the demeanor which surrounded us that many people had been able to master this. We wandered through beer garden after beer garden, in search of a seat or some place to grab a quick beer. There were tons of rowdy folks, but no place to sit. We tried to find our way into one of the buildings, these were so crowded that they were not letting people in. So we continued our wandering.

Eventually we found a table and Charlie was able to partake in the Oktoberfest tradition of drinking a nice cold beer. The waiter initially stiffed us ten dollars and I was pretty grouchy. You know how I get with money. Twenty minutes later the waiter came back and we explained the situation to him. He sat down with us, returned our money, apologized and talked with us about our journey. I was pleased to know that the situation had been resolved and Charlie hadn't just spent twenty dollars on a drink. My opinion of Oktoberfest was heightened.

Those of you who really know me can probably guess my favorite part of the whole experience. It wasn't the fun rides, the crowded streets, or the cold beverages they were serving. My favorite part was the food. There were so many choices and were not overcharging too terribly much. We had been extremely economical when it came to our food choices, so we splurged. We had some french fries and half a rotisserie chicken. It was some good eating.

Since Munich was so unbelievably crowded we decided to head on our way. We took a late train to Garmisch, Germany. We got to the resort town around 11:00 p.m. We wandered around trying to find a place to stay. There seemed to be no places open. Around 11:30 we were getting a bit worried. We tried to go back into the train station and it was locked. There were some taxi drivers out front and we asked them if they knew of any open hotels. Thankfully they pointed us in the right direction. We found the Quality Inn pretty quickly. We were thinking, great this is going to be cheap. This was the nicest Quality Inn we had ever seen and the prices were not what we had hoped. We took some nice showers and called it a night. We would explore Garmisch tomorrow and find a cheaper place to stay.
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