Arrival and Stadlfest
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July 15th, 2007 – by: mmentzel
The adventure truly began with a fun experience with our layover in Manchester England, in which they made us wait over 40 minutes and then proceeded to tell us we missed our flight and we will have to wait until tomorrow for the next one. At least they called us "chaps", which brightened our dreary british day a little. All said and done we made it onto Lufthansa and arrived at Munich's airport. I suggest Lufthansa as it was a smooth and comfortable ride although when I go back to Munich I plan to fly direct instead of laying over (still have a bad taste in my mouth from England).
Since it was a red-eye flight I figured with us losing a couple hours it would be best to do it this way. Unfortunately, my body didn't see it that way on the airplane as I slept only 1 or 2 hours. After my old college roommate Alaric picked my brother and I up we were greeted with another pal from my alma mater (University of Rhode Island). My friend Caitlyn had been studying in Prague and decided to take a cheap Euro flight from the Czech Republic to Munich the day before. My friend Alaric then asked me if we were ready to party. I responded by pausing, sighing, and then a big high five.
After equipping myself with an extra pair of Lederhosen (which I purchased from him before leaving), I noticed that walking through Munich in Lederhosen on a Saturday night didn't even turn one head.
Ok I will attempt to explain Stadlfest through words, but I am happy to have to ability to refer to pictures as well. It is basically a "barn party". Here's the equation: BARN - ANIMALS/HAY + TABLES/STAGE + ROCK BAND + DRUNK BAVARIANS = AMAZING TIME. I am an outgoing guy, so after a few steins (see picture for shear size alone) of 5.3% abv. beer, I was joining in with the chants despite the heavy dialect and my lack of truly speaking german to begin with. The guys wore Lederhosen and the girls wore "Durdles". I may have misspelled that, but you probably know the outfit already. I could tell it was going to be an amazing trip and that we got to partake in something the majority of Americans will never do.
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July 15th, 2007 – by: mmentzel
Later that day we went to a "Biergarten" aka beer garden. I am in full support of installing these across America (when it happens you make sure to give props to me first!) :) Beer gardens are another big culture thing in Germany (especially the south) and give everyone a chance to enjoy a beer and some good food in a relaxing, laid-back environment. Germans tend to eat alot of meat, cheese and bread. I loved it but my younger brother Tim tends to be pickier so it differs from person to person.
The city of Munich is not only beautiful, but efficent and healthy. How is it healthy you ask? Well to begin with our US culture of fast food isn't available every step of the way (although they do have a gyro-like lamb sandwich called a Doner Kebap, which is delicious and you should try at least once).
Be aware however that Munich is the most expensive city to live in within Germany. Depending on when you are reading this as well the Euro is killing the US$ with exchange rates. You don't completely get that until you throw down $400 and you only receive 250 Euro. Plan accordingly.
There are tons of sites to see ranging from the Deutsche's Museum (only 3 Euro for students!), relaxing by the Isar River, seeing Allianz Arena (Go FC Bayern Munchen!), seeing the amazing architecture and plenty else. My brother and I had no problem getting around for a full day of sightseeing using mostly English as well. I was there in July and it was an amazing time, I couldn't even imagine what it would be like during Oktoberfest!