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I made quick friends with Keri’s college buddies. There’s something very all-American about drinking large amounts of beer in costume!

Things I love: cultural traditions, costume parties, and excessive/binge drinking (once in a while…). Oktoberfest is the German combination of those three loves…so when Keri told me she was coming to Munich for the annual bacchanalian celebration, I thought I would get on that train, or autobahn as it were.

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Picked up a 50 Euro Dirndl on the way to the festival

Oktoberfest is like getting really drunk at Disneyland: there are festive decorations, overpriced food, carnival rides, and lots of beer (the last two don’t seem to go together, but the Germans have stronger stomachs than me in so many ways).

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One way to empty your stomach…

A few things I learned:

  • Neither my alcohol tolerance nor recovery time is what it used to be during my competitive drinking days in b-school
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This is about the clarity of my head at the time…

  • The aprons on the dirndls come in handy when beer is inevitably poured on you by accident
  • You’d think wearing the beer wench Dirndls would feel like pushing back the feminist movement by a few decades but I actually dug it.  Does this make me unfit to run for political office?  Perhaps, but there are probably far more incriminating things in this blog alone.
  • Learn Ein Prosit song in German and listen to cheesy American rock ballads from the 80s to prepare for polka band karaoke

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  • Leave any diets,vegetarianism, or regard for nutrition at home.  Understand that sausage is a food group in Bavaria
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A “healthy” dinner

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  • Beer does not equal hydration
  • Build wrist, forearm, and bicep strength before arriving in Germany.  The beer steins are scheiss heavy
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My face says: this is too heavy!

  • Wear shoes with good tread as you will be standing on wet benches most of the time
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Alternative to standing: butt in the face.

  • Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT stand on the table
  • It is not possible to go to Oktoberfest two days in a row…
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Necessary downtime in hotel being horizontal with lots of water

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Nap in Englischer Garten to recover from previous day

We managed to have some non-drinking fun as well:

Fussen and Neuschwanstein Castle (e.g., the Disneyland Castle):

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A little rainy…

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Beautiful landscape from castle

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Not pictured: a million Asian tourists

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Crazy bridge with very little monitoring

 

Salzburg, Austria: I tagged along when Keri and Adam decided to rent an expensive BMW and test out the lack of speed limits on the autobahn!

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Cash money!

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Gherkin art!

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A light snack

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Don’t do it…! More art, Austrian style

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We walked all the way up a hill to see a fortress to find out it closed a few minutes before. Umm…a sign with opening hours would have been nice at the bottom of the hill. Still, a nice photo op

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Unfortunate name

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