Man oh man! I went to the biggest beer bash ever on Thursday! Oktoberfest is the biggest beer party on the planet, at least that’s what the Germans tell me. I’m pretty inclined to believe them too! It’s like a big state fair with a couple of added bonuses. Liters of beer and women in dirndls! In case you don’t know, dirndls are these Bavarian style dresses that are the preferred outfit for women at the Oktoberfest. Lederhosen are the preferred garb of the men, well, not this man, but a lot of others I saw there. I think you’d have a hard time getting Andy into a pair of suede pants any day!
It wasn’t all fun and games though; there were a couple of snags. Our German hosts set this whole party up, including transportation.
So, on Thursday we hopped on the ICE. That’s the German bullet train. There was only one small problem. Whoever made the reservations for the train made them for October 22 instead of September 22. They said they made them at an AmEx office in Munich. You’d think that someone in Munich would know what month the biggest beer bash in Germany was being held! Especially considering that it’s in Munich! But I’m not allowed to talk bad about travel agents, my mom might smack me! I mean, she is one!
Oh well, it was off to the club car. Damn the bad luck, we had to spend the 2 hour train ride in a smoking and drinking car. Could’ve been worse, they could have thrown us off! After we got to Munich, they changed the return reservation, not that it really mattered, because half of us missed the late train and the half that made it didn’t have the tickets with them! It’s a very long and expensive cab ride from Munich to Ulm! I was in the group that took the cab home. Yeah, go figure, I’m sticking with my German hosts and we get lost walking back from the Oktoberfest grounds and the train station. I wonder if all those liters of beer had anything to do with it?
The locals that I’ve met here that speak English like to use the verb must. They say, “You must do this” or “You must do that”. I’m here to tell you, if you’re in Germany at the end of September you MUST go to Oktoberfest!
The pictures that look elevated were taken from that statues head. I think it may be the first time I was ever able to really get into a woman’s head. Guess what! IT WAS EMPTY!
Yeah yeah…step off Missy!