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Oktoberfest: Best. Vacation. Ever.

As mentioned earlier, a good friend (Miller) and I took a vacation to Oktoberfest last week. The flight over was brutal: Denver -> Newark (4 hour layover) -> Paris (2 hour layover) -> Munich. I was pretty disappointed to see "No Service" on my iPhone when we landed in France. This continued in Munich and I quickly decided connectivity wasn't necessary. After a 80 € cab ride from the airport, we arrived at our hotel around 1PM on Monday. We both woke up at 4AM on Sunday to start the journey, so we were pretty beat.

It didn't take us long to decide we had to suck it up and head to "The Tents" at Oktoberfest. We walked the 4 blocks in the rain and quickly ended up in the Armbrustschutzenzelt tent. The crowd was small and we found a table and enjoyed our first Liter.

Weather on Arrival in Munich Day 1 - First Tent

I won't go into details about how much fun we had during the week, except for these simple stats:

  • Made it into The Tents 5 days in a row
  • Mostly slept in until 2 or 4PM each day
  • No Hangovers (for me at least)

I've uploaded most of the pictures I took to an Oktoberfest 2008 set on Flickr. I would like to thank Peter and friends for being fabulous hosts and showing us a great time on Thursday night. Below is a video I took of what the festivities were like (yes, that is Bon Jovi):

If you ever get a chance to attend Oktoberfest, I highly recommend it.

Posted in General at Oct 01 2008, 10:37:49 PM MDT 5 Comments

Always wanna go but never made it ... really bad as I live some 150km away ...

But don't take Oktoberfest as typical German event, generally they're much more boring :-D

greetings from Austria

Posted by Michael on October 02, 2008 at 08:11 AM MDT #

No hangovers? Were you poppin' chasers or berocca?

Posted by Brad on October 02, 2008 at 05:15 PM MDT #

Lots of water before bed and the wonderful Berocca. ;-)

Posted by Matt Raible on October 02, 2008 at 05:24 PM MDT #

You get the most mellow hangovers though.... it's great fun. The beer has no preservative, it's all natural. My 'hang-over' was a wonderful experience :) (I was only there for 1 night last year)

Posted by James on October 02, 2008 at 05:32 PM MDT #

Hey Matt,
great that you enjoyed Munich and the fabulous Oktoberfest. Unfortunately we haven't met :( And unfortunately it is already over now. See more pics and some statistics in English about this year:

6.6 million liters beer and 6 million visitors (with 1.2 million inhabitants in Munich not to bad).

Hope you haven't lost anything. "Members of staff found 680 identity cards and passports, 410 wallets, 360 keys, 265 spectacles, 280 mobile phones and 80 cameras, one set of diving goggles, one set of angel's wings, a superman costume and four wedding rings."

See you next year!

Posted by Karsten on October 07, 2008 at 08:21 AM MDT #

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