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Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
Trip End Mar 25, 2008

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Monday, October 1, 2007

David Here, your guest blogger.  After a false start at LAX and having my pack getting stuck on the conveyer belt, I finally met up with Lily at the Starbucks at the Munich Hauptbahnhof, platform 11.  What a relief!  But arriving in Munich 16 hours late also means I get to go to Oktoberfest!!
We walked into one of the big beer halls with a roast pig on top; it was a sea of people drinking and singing along to the band.  What a scene!  The kicker is that they were all singing "Take me Home Country Road."  After every sing-along, the crowd gave the ziggy-zagga cheer and everybody takes a big gulp of their liter-stein.  At first I was quite self-conscious.  Lily however managed to convince a lady to let us sit at her bench.  Later their friends from Hamburg came and sat with us.  The rest was all but a blur.  All I can say was, no one was shy in the beer hall, everyone became fast friends under the influence.  I believe the pictures tell the story.

Lily here. So finally ventured out of my hostel when David came. Got a good nightoe sleep last night since party central   (my roomates) moved its location to another unknowing hostel. A full 7 hours without disturbance. I was beaming in the morning. Poor new roommate who just flew in from Australia had to put on earplugs in the middle of the night to drown out the  early morning  revelers. They could have danced on my head for all i knew. I am now immune to noise that is more than 20 feet away. Exciting event was to join  rowdy Germans in their Oktoberfest fun. The songs ranged from La Bamba to We are the Champions to  Country  Road to Elvis songs and finally to Bavarian classics. Leohnard and Gabrielle were our gracious newfound drinking buddies after allowing us to sit with them. Cute that Leohnard even had the lyrics clippings of some songs in his wallet. Looked about 30  years old and he will probably be showing them to other thankful tourists for another 30 more  years. We were in Ochsenbraterei tent and the capacity must have been to its maximum, 7 400. Though Spaten, its host beer, was not the most well known compared to Augustiner beer, it was all I knew that day.
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lilyc on

Re: theme for the month
Yeah! At first I was like, 'Bunch of Weirdos... jumping up and down and yelling-along to 'We Are The Champions' at the top of their lungs...' After a few sips, I was motivated by 'La Bamba;' All of a sudden the benches felt more like high school football field bleachers, and I was transformed into full-on BAND GEEK, gyrating to and screaming 'Soy capitan, soy capitan...' After that, every single song, including the German ones, was fair game. -DC

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