Sunday, October 7, 2012

7 Hours of Oktoberfest

When Angelina and I left for Europe, we had only planned two things ahead of time: our apartment in Paris for November, and the purchase of our rail passes. That's it. We knew where we wanted to go, but had no idea how to get there or where to stay. We've just been figuring it out along the way, which worked just fine until we looked into going to Munich for Oktoberfest. Literally every single hostel was completely booked. The only way we could stay overnight is if we slept at a campground for a whopping 68 euro a night (HAHA. Hell no.) But, we really wanted to go - when's the next time we're going to have the chance to do this? So we created a master plan. We woke up in Prague at 7am, catched a 9am train, got to Munich at 3pm and then reserved a spot on the overnight train from Munich to Budapest. Needless to say it was the longest day ever, but it was so worth it! I don't even like beer and I still had a ton of fun. It's a lot like the county fairs and carnivals in America, except with a few main differences:

1) It's absolutely MASSIVE. Both in its size and in the sheer volume of people.
2) Everyone is dressed up in traditional Bavarian clothing. Men in lederhosen, women in dirndls. We felt totally out of place wearing normal clothes.
3) There are massive beer tents. Everyone is druuuuuunk, but very happy.
4) German carnival rides do NOT fuck around. Even the ones meant for children go 8x faster than anything I've been on in America.

(Dude wearing lederhosen. He has no idea I took this, I'm just a creeper)

(Inside one of the many beer tents.)

In the 7 hours we had, we were able to check out every beer tent, go on several rides, eat some amazing food and even catch a gorgeous view of Munich from the bell tower at the Church of St. Paul. If I ever get the chance to go again, I would definitely dress up. Other than that, I would say our day was a great success!

(Angelina enjoying her massive beer. They only come in one size!)

(View of Munich from St. Paul's Church)

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