If you know me well enough, you know that you wouldn't typically find me spending my weekend at the most famous and largest beer fest in the world. Yet, it proved to be quite an unforgettable weekend. I can very easily say that Oktoberfest 2012 goes in the books as one of the top 5 best days of my life.
Waking up at 4:30 in the morning isn't always ideal, but having no choice...we took a 5 o'clock train from Salzburg to Munich. We were told that it's important to get there early, so that we get into a beer tent and get a table. Sure enough, the beer tent we got into was full within 10 minutes of being opened.
I decided that in order to celebrate Oktoberfest the proper way, I had to wear the traditional dress, a dirndle. Best decision ever. And I definitely won't complain about all those lederhosen walking around either.
This is the Lowenbrau tent. Such a magical place. Home to some wonderful memories. I find it funny that there are people there from all over the world, but we ended up spending a large chunk of our time with a friendly group of fellow Americans. I've come to accept the fact that we sort of always find each other and flock together. I won't complain. It's pretty cool to swap stories with American students who are also studying abroad.
As you can see, everything was super-sized. I will shamelessly admit that everyone in attendance was feeling pretty great by about 11 o'clock a.m. The thing about Oktoberfest is that it encourages — nay, almost makes mandatory — the act of day drinking. Such a glorious day.
I really don't have much to say, because there are really no words to describe the experience.
A lot of dancing, a lot of friendly people, and I was beaming all day long.
This is undoubtedly my new favorite holiday. Goodbye Oktoberfest! See you next year...