Oktoberfest es wunderbar!!

Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
Trip End Sep 29, 2007

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Austria must be the windy country because they had lots of windmills. Germany must be the sunny country because they have  fields of solar panels. Kind of makes you wonder why we aren't using energy resources such as these with all the wind and sunshine we have in Saskatchewan. Every house in the countryside also has a woodpile beside it.

The ICE train has a cruising speed of 160 km/hr. It has a display in each car that shows you how fast you are going. It took no time at all to travel between Munich and Augsberg. That will seem slow in comparison to our train to Paris in a couple of days which we hear reaches speeds of 300 km/hr.

Our hotel room was clean and modern, but it was the tiniest room with the tiniest bathroom I have ever experienced.

Oktoberfest is everything I imagined and a whole lot more. When your first walk through the entrance, you see in front of you a huge fairground with all the rides and games of chance, etc. that you see at our exhibition - except everything was twice the size, went twice as fast or twice as high. It was mindboggling. And the people! Huge crowds - with a large percentage dressed up in lederhosen and costumes.

We got into the Lowenbrau tent pretty quickly - mostly because we walked in one of the side doors when there was no one guarding it. From there it was just a matter of finding a place to sit. They won't bring you a beer unless you are at a table. One waitress took pity on us and found us a spot at a table in her section. It was a great pick because the people we sat with were locals - two of the men were actually performing (playing drums) for a time. They were very entertaining. And then we found out that a couple at the next table was from Calgary, so we hung out with them for the rest of the evening.

It was so much fun! Normally I have a problem with drunken crowds, but everyone there was just singing, dancing and having fun. Everyone had big grins on their faces the whole time. But then it's kind of hard not to after one of those immense beers. Although we arrived in the middle of the afternoon, it was obvious that most of the crowd had already been partying for quite some time. The band was really good. They did some oompahpah stuff, but lots of more modern German music and the odd western tune thrown in so we could sing along from time to time. It appeared to be the same band the whole time we were there. They may have interchanged one or more of the members from time to time, but for the most part it was the same group - and they seemed to be having just as much fun as the crowd was. Amazing!

Unfortunately, Les had only shot a couple of short video clips before the battery died - and before the place was really going full tilt.

We had planned to look around a bit more, but were having too much fun to leave the first tent. We were there from about 2:30 to 9:30, and then Les took me home before I got too rowdy. A short subway ride and then a short train ride later we were back in Augsburg.
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