I have just returned from a wonderful, refreshing, fun weekend in Munich! How was waking up before 7am to drink beer in a crowded tent possibly refreshing...you might ask? Well, first of all I met up with a good friend, Lisa, who was my year at Wake and is getting her masters in London. After nearly three months of speaking broken German and hearing only broken English, it was incredible to have a long dinner with a close friend who I have known for years and with whom I could talk about so many aspects of life with...plus Lisa and I had a lot of catching up to do since we hadn't seen each other since graduation!
|I did get a little sight seeing in on Friday before the festivities commenced!|
On Saturday, we woke up bright and early to hit the tents in time to get a seat. We met up with so many friends from Wake Forest...explaining about 200 times that we weren't creepy graduates who just showed up at Oktoberfest, catching up with old friends, hearing about everyone's adventures in their semesters abroad, and just loving seeing so many familiar faces here in Germany!
|Me and Lisa at the entrance...circa 730 am Saturday|
|Lisa captured this overhead view...huge beer steins and crowded tables with constant catching up between friends!|
|This is right when me and Lisa were reunited with Laura and Karli, who are wonderful friends that are studying in Florence for the semester!|
|We had a little incident with getting kicked out...and after more than an hours work and Lisa and I convincing a beer maid and two security guards...we got our "boyfriends", Reed and Ollie, back into the tent! This was our celebratory picture!|
|By the afternoon it was pouring rain, and all we had in our stomachs was beer and pretzels, so we left with our map that was torn into 3 pieces (hence the three people holding it up...) in search of some pizza!|
|With finally full stomachs, we decided that "YOOO" (You Only Oktoberfest Once...) so we toughed out the weather and went back for some rides.|
|Thats Lisa and Walter up there waving from the ride...which was still fun even in the rain!|
So, I know that a massive german fair, huge beer mugs and salty pretzels, along with some rain may not sound like a typical refreshing and relaxing weekend...but Oktoberfest was exactly what I needed and I am so thankful that I got to be there this weekend.
|Cheers to a great weekend!|