I came, I saw, I conquered – and had a few (too many) beers along the way. “What’s that?”, you wonder. None other than the biggest fair in the world. Oktoberfest.
Andrew, some of his teammates (and wife), and I took the 2.5 hour train to Munich early in the morning. After a much-needed Starbucks stop, we made our way to the fair grounds. The whole time Andrew kept telling us, “This will be the best time of your life!” (But really, who couldn’t picture him saying that?) We didn’t know exactly where we were going but even at 10:30am troves of people were making their way just like us. So we followed the crowd. Once inside it was already packed with people.
Everyone was dressed in their Sunday’s best – lederhosen and dirndls. We grabbed some food and went to go find a spot at one of the beer tents. The fair grounds reminded me of “The Great Minnesota Get-together” or our State Fair. There were plenty of rides to go on and plenty of food to try. What most people know from Oktoberfest are the beer tents. All the beer served at Oktoberfest is brewed in Munich. But it’s not all about getting drunk. For a long time the water quality around the area was very low. Most often it was linked to such epidemics as the plague and cholera. Hence, the tradition behind all that beer drinking in Munich.
The tents were starting to fill up but we thankfully found a table on the balcony. Tables in most tents have reservations years in advance. At only 11:00am, I didn’t necessarily feel like having one of the liter beers or Maß Bier but hey, when in Rome, right? Prost!
We continued the afternoon drinking beer and eating pretzels and radishes while watching the bands come in and play favorite Oktoberfest songs. What seemed like only 30 min really became 5 hours and it was time to go catch our train home. Where did the time go?! My only regret is that we didn’t walk around the fair grounds more. All in all, I’d say it was close to one of the best times in my life. It was definitely another experience and a check off the bucket list. I can see why thousands of people come to this annual party from all over the world. Tschüs!