Thursday, October 4, 2007

Welcome to Oktoberfest

We arrived in Munich late last night. The subway to the hotel was loud and boisterous, and filled with people in lederhosen not carrying suitcases. I stuck out already. There is a group of seven of us, and we made our way straight to the hotel and went to bed.
If you want a table in one of the beer tents (the first picture above is a beer tent) and you didn't have the foresight to reserve your table a year and a half in advance, then you need to be at the tents when they open at 10am to claim one of the unreserved tables, so, that's what we did. We arrived just at ten and basically sat at our table until the tents closed at 10pm.Outside, some of the beer arrives ceremoniously, as each company has its own custom beer wagons pulled by custom-dressed Clydesdales.
Oktoberfest is also apparently considered a family event by most Germans, who tend to drink in open containers pretty much every where around town. The airlines give you free beer, and it's not uncommon to see someone open one up for a subway ride.

Not wanting to be left out of the fun, we had to stop at a clothing shop in downtown Munich to get Sarah one of the local dresses (which can double as a Halloween costume back home!). For the record, I actually wanted to wear the lederhosen - and would have - had it not costs $250.

5 comments:

Mom said...

Sarah,

YOU ARE SOOOOO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tales_from_the_crib said...

cute!
love the outfit miss sarah! but are you condoning alcohol?
nah, that must be apple cider...that's what mom's telling me anyways...
looks like you guys had fun!

Sarah said...

Thanks! :)

In Germany, you only have to be 16 in order to drink beer. They also had this Coke and orange Fanta mixture that was very popular with the younger set...

Pat said...

Next time you are home, I expect you to serve me some beer in that mannner!

brieanna said...

that is a good pic of you sarah!! :)