Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Oktoberfest in Munich
We had to be at our "tent" by noon to hold our table and with hundreds of thousands of hopeful non-ticket holders we followed our guides closely. The "tents" are really elaborately decorated buildings surrounded by what we would call a State Fair with rides and booths of all sorts. Most were dressed in their dirndl and lederhosen and had started the party earlier that morning!
Let's talk food!
We each had half a roasted chicken and I didn't count the number of giant pretzels we shared at the table. Some of our heartier eaters also had pork knuckle with dumplings. The best things we had were the white radishes cut in thin slices and salted and of course, dill pickles! After the first round of litre mugs of ice cold delicious beer, I switched to a Radler which was half beer and half lemonade. (I know Doug is thinking ,"What a waste!")
After the feasting...and more beer.....we sang and laughed and toasted to friendship, Ernst and Young, family, Germany....You name it, we toasted to it! The only thing I can compare it to in the States would be a fraternity party on a SEC game day with an oompah band in the middle.
At the end of the day we had a great time at Oktoberfest and we want to thank our "German" friends for organizing the weekend. Now we can check it off the list!