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Octoberfest 2009

I love a girl with a big jugs... of beer

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Okay, so we made it to train with minutes to spare. It proved to be a very long, slow and tiresome journey and neither of us managed to sleep very well. We arrived in Munich at the crack of dawn and checked in to our hostel. It was hours before we could actually check into our room though so we wandered around the city for a few hours. We took in the impressive Rathaus and obligatory glockenspiel (which brings all the tourists to a standstill at 11am - I must say it's quite over-rated).
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Munich itself isn't a great sightseeing city though. It was bombed to rubble during the Second World War so there is not much left of the old city. It does have some excellent museums though. On the second day we visited the automobile collection of the Deutsche Museum. Here is a link to some of our photos of the motorcycle collection.
http://heinkelscooter.blogspot.com/2009/10/deutsche-museum-munich.html
Oktoberfest!
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So what can you say about the Munich Octoberfest? It's basically just one big excuse for three weeks of drinking beer and eating enormous slabs of meat and sausage. There were about twelve tents and we visited all of them but only drank at the Hopfbrau (HB) tent as that is the only tent that will serve you standing. The other tents you need reservations. Consequently the HB tent is where all the foreigners gather. And it goes off! There was alot of raucous behaviour but it was all in good fun I guess. Some of the people we met there had been at Octoberfest since it started - that's three weeks of solid drinking from about ten in the morning to ten at night. I also had the BEST steak I ever had in Europe here - BBQ steak and onion in a bun (Steak mit semmel). It cost 4.5 euro. I had three (plus a foot long wurst mit semmel)! The quality of the food puts Lisbon even more to shame. All in all we had a great time and met quite a few interesting people.
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Shelly bought herself a drindle. I was satisfied with my hat from Austria. It has to be said that the Bavarians' take the Oktoberfest very seriously. Traditional clothes were available in all the shops and I was accosted several times for not wearing the appropriate gear.
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Posted by paulymx 16:00

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