In old Bavaria...
Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
46Trip End Oct 03, 2010
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The whole reason I went to Munich this time was to meet up with a couple friends I had met in Edinburgh. You may remember them as Kielbasa and Lemon. Well we met up at our hostel, the wonderful Wombats, which I will recommend to anyone, anytime. It was a beautiful reunion: there were hugs, bouts of laughter, and tears. We were all extremely hungry so I suggested we start our stay in Munich off right and head to the Hofbrauhaus for the buffet of a lifetime. Now the Hofbrauhaus has made a reputation for being the quintessential (or stereotypical) Bavarian beer hall with loud "oom-pa-pa" music, women carrying their weight in beer mugs, and rowdy tourists dancing on top of tables
There are multiple sections to the Hofbrauhaus. The main beer hall is on the ground floor, and this is usually where the drunken revelry happens. However, on the second floor there is a large banquet hall where you can enjoy ridiculous amounts of traditional Bavarian food, music, and dance. And this is where we went. Now, the buffet is a bit pricey (€20), however, it is all you can eat and it has all the traditional fare you could ever desire. So if you are looking to have good, old-fashioned Bayrish food all in one night, I would recommend this. And have no doubt that we took advantage of the "all you can eat" concept. All of us tried a bit of everything and ended up with 3 plates each, a bowl of soup, and a dessert plate. Needless to say I haven't been that full EVER. While we ate we enjoyed Bayrish folk tunes as well as dancing. They even did this song including whips. It was loud as hell, but very entertaining to watch. My only disappointment was that the audience wasn't more rowdy. There was one idiot who tried to sing along with the yodelers. He tried, and he failed miserably. Despite this obnoxious tool, we had a great time and had to roll our full bellies out of the place by the end of the night.
The next day we went on yet another free tour
During the tour we met a few people, including a girl from Chicago named Tracy
The next day was a nice and relaxed day. Kielbasa, Lemon and I went out to get some sushi, since we all had a major craving for it. We then wandered around Munich for a bit and eventually we ended up back at the Wombar for another night of drinking. Once again, we got a nice sized group together and we went out to get some beer at an Augustiner biergarten. After we all had put at least a liter of alcohol into our bodies we decided it was time to play Kings Cup. Now, for those of you who don't know, Kings Cup is a drinking game specifically designed to make everyone unable to see straight. And for the most part I think it worked. We all had a great time and eventually we turned the Wombar into a dance club
I thought the night would end when we walked Kielbasa back to her hotel (she and Lemon had gotten a hotel for their final night in Munich). Don't worry, I got the two really cool Irish guys that we had met to walk with me so I didn't have to walk back by myself. See how responsible I am? I should have just gone straight to bed when we got back to the hostel like Alan, one of the Irish guys did. But I got distracted by an Aussie (story of my life). This Aussie girl had apparently been abandoned by the guys she was with in a very bad part of town and she was freaking out about it. So Connor (the other Irish guy) and I went to the hostel next door and sat with her and talked to her until she had calmed down. She eventually wandered off and this Scottish guy joined our table. This made me very happy until he started talking and I realized he was a complete douche bag. We started talking politics, which I know is always a bad idea, but I was not exactly thinking straight. Before I knew it we had been arguing in circles for 2 hours and it was now 5:30 in the morning and poor Connor is sitting there, just watching this car crash of a discussion
So to sum up Munich: it was a great time where I drank a lot of beer, did a lot of dancing, and argued with a complete stranger for way too long. Good times. I really didn't need to go back to Munich, having already been there twice, but I'm glad I did. Not only did I get to hang out with the remarkable Kielbasa and Lemon again, I basically got to party for three days straight. You can't beat that. But I guess that's what you get in Europe. It is a constant party. Well, it can be if you let it. I try to find a couple days here and there where I can just be a hermit and keep to myself. If I didn't do this I would eventually die from exhaustion. Quite honestly I can't remember the last time I had a good nights sleep without interruption. But I'm okay with that because as much as I like to sleep I love the experiences I'm having here much more. Besides, I can always sleep when I get home. Well, it will probably be more like a three day coma... looking forward to it.