Bier, Boobs & Bratwurst - Oktoberfest

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Hello boys!
As much as I hate to be a cliche... it had to be done.

Living in Europe, right next to Munich and not seeing an Oktoberfest just would not have been right.

I missed it last year as I had the joy of spending 3 weeks in the deserts of Libya.

So I was determined to get there this year. I was fortunate enough to organise it to hook up with a couple of mates who are living in the Netherlands and so we all arranged to meet and hit the tents together.

I didnt really know what to expect other than I'd ben told on many an occasion to expect a heap of drunk, loud, overly patriotic boozing Australians and a heap of oggling Italians.

And so I entered, with some intrepidation....

I'd imagined some poorly organised tents on some muddy grass and people passed out on the lawn.
who ordered the beer?

I was pleasantly suprised. My assumptions were totally off.

We were also blessed with perfect weather.

We managed to secure a table in the outside beer garden for the day and continued to drink beer and eat roast chicken, pretzels and whatever else we could get our hands on. Chatted to a lot of mädls in busty dirndls and many incomprehensibly drunk blokes in lederhosen.

But there was much more to the day than just drinking wildly. There was a full carnival attached to the event with plenty for the family to do. Ranging from shooting galleries, food stalls and carnival rides.

There was also a very large portion of locals, other germans and austrians there to dilute out the tourist ratio. I spent most of my time, funnily enough, talking to Austrians due to the Vienna Kangaroos t-shirt I was wearing.
Anyone for gingerbread?
But it's also a little ironic for me that after living in Austria for 15months, it's the first time i've actually been in a situation where Austrians were friendly and coming up to chat to me!

I even spoke to a group of 4 deaf austrians who lip read me. This was an extremeley interesting situation to be in! Not only was I a little tipsy but I still do get nervous with my spoken German. However, they seemed to understand me so I was extremely happy with my efforts to communicate in a foreign language to a group of deaf people.

We ended the evening inside a beer hall and my only complaint was the lack of air or venitallation. It was extremely warm, very smokey, and I dont actually think you could order anything to drink other than beer.

All in all I had a great day and wore a huge smile the whole day. I'll be trying to go back next year. Not for the beer, but for the festive happiness that permeated the entire day.

Prost!









wangwei says:
Hello!I am from china.deaf.Welcome to travbuddy
Posted on: Jul 09, 2010
vances says:
Great coverage --- I especially love the line "incomprehensibly drunk blokes in lederhosen". Also enjoyed your new word, 'intrepidation' --> is this really intrepid trepidation? ...love it!
Posted on: Nov 28, 2008
joeldeafnation says:
Don't say Deaf and Dumb, just say Deaf. Smile
Posted on: Nov 28, 2008
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Hello boys!
Hello boys!
who ordered the beer?
who ordered the beer?
Anyone for gingerbread?
Anyone for gingerbread?
more gingerbread...(Lebkuchen)
more gingerbread...(Lebkuchen)
teddy beers? or teddy bears?
teddy beers? or teddy bears?
our crew! a sad collection of aust…
our crew! a sad collection of aus…
a harbour of vessels
a harbour of vessels
birds eye view...
birds eye view...
einen klasse Mädchen
einen klasse Mädchen
who said Lederhosen wasnt sexy?
who said Lederhosen wasnt sexy?
Who loves Malt beer?
Who loves Malt beer?
can u tie my laces please?
can u tie my laces please?
this table had several people sitt…
this table had several people sit…
2 of the 99 luftballoons...
2 of the 99 luftballoons...
who loves Dirndls?
who loves Dirndls?
the beer tent...
the beer tent...
i was determined to get my nose de…
i was determined to get my nose d…
beer tent
beer tent
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See youse later...
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