In case you're wondering, no we're not professional travellers and haven't won the lotto, though yes, we did have one of those summers where you just have time to wash your undies and pack them again before the next trip. This time, just what our livers needed after copius amounts of Spanish wine, tapas and San Miguels - Oktoberfest Munich!! We spent the opening weekend of festivities visiting Mark, a very good German mate of ours that spent a year working with Lisa at Canberra Hospital.
Munich is an amazing city - beautiful buildings, friendly locals, great transport and a passion for beer, pastries and anything else that looks and tastes great!
After strolling around the city centre we thought we'd check out a darker side of the city as there's no-way we could do this place with a hangover following our Oktoberfest shananigans. Dakaar is a World War II memorial site on the site of a Nazi concentration camp.
My grandpa's brother was one of the first army platoons that was sent in to liberate Dakaar at the end of the war. It was a very moving experience imagining what he must have seen.
I think most people have their own views on this time in our history as human beings so i'll leave you to yours.
...and now for the main attraction - Oktoberfest!!
We were doing it local style with Mark, who lives a 5-minute walk from the festival. Pretty handy when a campsite a 30 minute train ride from the fest cost 100euro a night!
It was such a nice sunny day that we pulled up a table in the beer garden just outside one of the main tents with a crew of Mark's buddies from Munich.
You get a beer dude/chick that looks after your row of tables.
I was hoping for a scantly clad German waitress but we got this guy.
I was disapointed at first, but it wasn't long until we were cheering him on his beer runs - this guy was a seasoned campaigner - unbelievable at around 2kilos each glass!!
The beer factory - all old school style straight from the barrel!
Over 10,000 people a day Oktoberfest is a celebration of all things Bavarian - beer, food, friends, rides, costumes, fun and pretzels - real big ones!
and what happens when the sun goes down - more of it!
We spent our final day in Munich strolling off our hangovers
in Europe's biggest, and i'd say most beautiful city parks.
Not the place you'd expect to bring your surfboard but those crazy Europeans will do anything for a wave. The misplacement of a concrete block in a manmade canal in the park has formed a standing wave. Surf's up!
Great to hear what's going on in your world, even if it's not surfing in a German park two hours from the ocean!