Ivan and I slept 10 hours and woke up at noon on September 21, 2012. We had the free breakfast with spicy cheese, bread, homemade hummus and tea.
We didn’t have a chance to do laundry until now. So, we did a big load of laundry.
At 2 pm, we went into Munich. Ivan, Lil Dave and I checked out Oktoberfest site, as the festival itself hadn’t started yet, so we knew it would be good to see the site before it gets swamped with people once the event starts.
I took a bunch of pictures of the tents and the carnival rides. The site was massive.
I always thought Oktoberfest was just a bunch of big tents in a big, green field. The tents are actually huge and made of wood. The big tents can hold 5,000 people.
We walked around and found a pub for lunch. Ivan and I shared mushroom soup, mushrooms in a cream sauce with bread dumpling and a salad. Lil Dave got banana in a cream sauce and a pretzel.
Lil Dave left since he was going to meet his Uncle Daves.
Ivan and I walked to find the traditional Bavarian dress. The dirndls were expensive and the lederhosen even more expensive. The cheapest dirndls were at the Hauftbahnhof train station for 50 Euros. I couldn’t fit into it.. the waists were really small so I couldn’t get it on.
Ivan and I each got a pretzel with cream cheese and chives in it.
We met up for the Munich Beer Challenge. The group was mostly Americans. The first stop was right outside of the station for a free beer.
Then, the group walked to Lowenbrau where we sat in the beer garden.
Our guide was a young German guy named Severin. A few of the Americans kept calling him Severus (like Severus Snape from Harry Potter).
Ivan and I kept crossing the road when nobody was around even though it wasn’t time to go. Nobody else went. People kept telling Ivan that I was crazy going. I wouldn’t go if there was cars coming. Severin was so by the rules. He would always put the empty beer mugs back.
The next stop was Augustiner Keller. Their beer is considered the best in the world. The Pope likes this beer. Augustiner only exports to one place outside of Germany and that is to the Vatican. Edelstoff is one of the Pope’s favorite beers. The beer was very smooth here. Ivan and I knew not to drink too much since the beer is between 6 to 8%. It can be very dangerous especially since the beer tastes so good here.
It was off to our next stop Hacker-Pschorr. Here, we had a light beer called Hausgebrautes. The Americans were all very friendly.
Everybody was getting drunk.
Our last stop was the Euro Youth Hostel bar. We got a free beer and a free shot of Jagermeister. Ivan and I definitely had a great time during the beer challenge. I’m sure I didn’t win the beer challenge since I didn’t drink that much.