Octoberfest in Munich!
Trip Start Mar 30, 2010
82Trip End Dec 13, 2012
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Before I arrived in Germany, I sent a message to Andrea and Marc, sister and brother in law to Gunda, one of my first nannies I had, who is also still very close with our family and lives in Bolton. I asked her if she would mind if I came and stayed with them during my week in Munich for Octoberfest. They graciously allowed to let me stay with them, which was nice, because I hadn't seen them in quite some time, so it would be a good chance to get caught up. After arriving at the airport, I had a few hours to kill before Andrea was off work, so I got some sleep on the airport curled up in a corner (since I had been awake for over 24 hours), before making my way to their place in Olching, a 15 min train ride just outside the city
Andrea showed me around Olching area, and how to get to and from the train station. Everything I needed was within a 10 min walk. It looked exactly like what I thought a small Bavarian town would look like. People riding their bikes everywhere, narrow street, really long names to places that I could not pronounce for the life of me
After settling in and getting used to my surroundings, I headed into the city to take a walk about and take some pics. Andrea and Marc equiped me with a map, list of stations to get off at, what to see, they were amazingly helpful in my day to day plannings. Andrea told me what station to get off the train at for where the festivities were at, and gave me simple directions.....follow the crowds! I also used couchsurfing to look up if there was going to be any group meets during the massive celebration. Of course, there was plenty to choose from. On the opening day of Octoberfest, I walked through the hoards of people to the meeting point set up by one of the couchsurfers. But when I arrived, I had no idea who I was looking for. There were thousands of people there. How the hell was I supposed to know who I was looking for?! The openinig day parade to officially kick off Octoberfest was beginning, so I made my way to a good vantage point for some picutres. There were people dressed in every possible outfit you can imagine. People in lidderhose, beautiful German women in dirndl's, people wearing kilts, arabian galabeas....you name it you got it. At 12 o'clock, the fireworks went off to signal beer time! All of the beer tents were packed. Table upon tables of people waiting with their litre beer glasses. It didn't take long after the fireworks to already see drunk people walking around. Walking along a very busy walking path behind some of the beer tents, there was even a girl taking a pee
One day I did end up meeting with some couchsurfers. I messaged a Peruvian girl, Nelly, who was in town to see if she wanted to meet up, because its always fun to have some company when doing new things. When we finally met at the Bavaria statue, she took me to a beer tent where she introduced me to all of her friends that she had already met. It was a great time sitting and talking with all these people. We all had a great connection, and shared a great day together. Nelly had made a German admirer who played in one of the bands inside the beer tents. So after a few beers we went inside the tent for the ladies to get up on the platform in the middle of the tent to do some dancing. It was funny, because Pamela, a girl from Munich, was saying that she has never been up there, so it was fun for all of them. I ended up meeting Pamela later in the week to give her a computer program to help her with her english, and learned that she is a boxer
Later in the week, Gunda and her friend Karen were coming to Munich. They were on a Euro trip and rearranged their schedule to meet me. I knew it was going to be good fun, always is with her. When they arrived, we had a beer, and headed into the city. We found a beer tent, and grabbed a table. Once the beer started flowing, we made more and more friends. Our table was on the edge of a busy walk way, so many people would stop and talk with us. Gunda started grabbing peoples hats, which is a great conversation starter. Everyone was really cool with it too. Many people don't sit down either. Half the time people are standing on the tables, dancing and singing traditional songs. I wish I knew the words to some of them, maybe this is just an excuse to come back to Munich next year to learn?! I ended up buying a hat, that made me look like the expedia gnome, but I think it completed my outfit. On the drunken stumble home, we stopped to take some silly pictures, that I vaguely remember. All good fun, but with nearly three litres of beer in me... I was done!
On my last day in town, I said my goodbyes, sent off my last few emails, and packed. I was sad to leave Germany. I was just getting used to everything there. But this is the life of the road. Always on the go. With my heavy backpack, I boarded the train to get to the airport
Thank you very much Marc and Andrea for all your help and for letting me stay with you. I had a blast thanks to you guys. Also thank you to all my new German friends I made in Munich. It was a blast. I can easily say that I will be back again someday for another Octoberfest. And Marc.....sorry for eating all your chocolate.... You can't leave that tasty stuff out and not expect me to eat it!! :) Next stop on this trip.....Izmir, Turkey. A city I know absolutly nothing about. Should be interesting.