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The Great Untold Adventures of Yesteryear

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Observant readers will remember a brief mention of Eurotrip III back towards the end of 2007, with no word since. (Sorry, things were busy.) Over the next few months I plan to remedy that and tell the tales about the trips that have taken place since then and that I haven’t had a chance to write about yet.

Included in this recap of past trips are Eurotrip III (Germany and Spain), a trip to Turkey (Istanbul and Ankara), a ski holiday in France, a road trip through the American West, and Eurotrip IV (Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Italy). Stay tuned!

Cologne

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

After Oktoberfest, we caught a night train from Munich to Cologne, where we connected with our train to Belgium. Since the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is literally right outside the train station, we used our downtime to check out this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The imposing Cologne Cathedral.

Inside the cathedral.

Oktoberfest – The People

Friday, November 30th, 2007

My series on Oktoberfest wouldn’t be complete without highlighting some of the people we met.

Renate was the best beer waitress anyone could ask for. Friendly, fast, and German. She signed Hofbräu coasters for us to commemorate our first day at Oktoberfest.

Christof, a German guy we met in the Hofbräu-Festzelt, taught us the lyrics to Ein Prosit.

Verena and I met in the Augustiner-Festhalle, and after a bet to see who could win the Hau den Lukas (the game where you use a mallet to hit the weight and ring the bell), we exchanged e-mails. We traded e-mails with lots of people, but Verena was the only person to e-mail back, and I’m very thankful she did! You’ll hear more about her after Eurotrip II – she visited the Netherlands, and we toured Delft, Den Haag, Brussels, and Amsterdam. By the way, she won the Hau den Lukas; I contribute that to her being Bavarian. 😉

Finally, Oktoberfest wouldn’t have been what it was without the countless others we met – they helped make it an incredible, unforgettable experience.

John and Renate.  Tent: Hofbräu-Festzelt.

Christof and John.  Tent: Hofbräu-Festzelt.

Verena at the biergarten wearing dirndl.  Photo courtesy of Verena.  (Thanks again!)

John and the two Germans who let us sit at their table.  Tent: Augustiner-Festhalle.

Another German, John, and me.  Tent: Augustiner-Festhalle.

Oktoberfest – The Rides

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The rides at Oktoberfest are all temporary, but many of them could very easily be permanent fixtures at an amusement park. We rode the Toboggan and the StarFlyer.

The roller coaster at the end of one of the midways.

The StarFlyer.

Oktoberfest from the StarFlyer.

The Toboggan!  (The oldest and “most classic” ride of Oktoberfest.)

The ferris wheel (aka huge wheel).

Oktoberfest – The Food

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Oktoberfest isn’t known nearly as well for its food when compared to the bier, but it should be. Over the four days we sampled nearly all of the traditional Oktoberfest food, including roasted chickens (hendl), pretzels, peanuts, and sausage (Weißwurst). The roasted chicken in the Augustiner tent was particularly good!

John chowing down on a half hendl at the Käfers Wiesen Schänke.

Augustiner’s half hendl (ze best hendl in all of ze vorld!).

Grilled fisch.  I’ve never had, but I heard it’s good.