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Beer Challenge

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.

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I took a bunch of pictures of the tents and the carnival rides.  The site was massive. 

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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.

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Then, the group walked to Lowenbrau where we sat in the beer garden. 

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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.

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It was off to our next stop Hacker-Pschorr.  Here, we had a light beer called Hausgebrautes.  The Americans were all very friendly. 

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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.

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Modern Munich Art

Ivan, Lil Dave and I woke up at 10:30 am on September 20, 2012.  We packed everything up. 

We got the bus to the Serralves Museum.  There, we had the lunch buffet with cod, vegetable crepes and carrot soup.

Next, we went to the Serralves Museum which was funny with modern art.  It was even better than the Guggenheim Museum.

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One room kept being painted black one day and then white the next day.  How very odd! 

One room had objects and then words below. 

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The words below the crocodile and pig read:

The bad news: he was extremely hungry
The good news: A nice, juicy pig appeared
Another bad news: he moved recently to
Buddism to Islam – so the pork was Forbidden
FINAL good news: Actually the pig was a dressed up lamb

There was writing on the wall that was really funny. 

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More random stuff we saw was a figure of a lady with flowers and leaves on it that kept moving around a room and a video of a bear.

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Our last stop inside were little rooms created by students.  The small rooms were really creative.

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This art gallery was great and SOO hilarious! There were so many times when were were literally laughing out loud at how funny some of the stuff was. Why cant all art galleries be like this! There was also a cool park around the art gallery which was massive.  We walked around the park and then left to find the bus stop.

We weren’t sure when the bus was coming, so we’d thought if a taxi came back we’d grab that.  A few minutes later, a taxi stopped.  The taxi drove to the apartment where we grabbed our luggage.  Then, he drove us to the airport.  He was a chatty taxi driver, and seemed to like talking about Porto.

I mailed off a package and a bunch of postcards at the post office in the airport. 

Our plane left at 5:20 pm headed from Porto, Portugal to Munich, Germany.  It was a Ryanair flight, so we weren’t sitting by each other.  The flight was 2 1/2 hours and we arrived at 8:50 pm. 

At 9:40 pm, we got the bus to Munich’s train station Hauftbahnhof. Ivan grabbed bread and pretzels filled with cream cheese and chives.  The pretzel was so tasty.  Ivan called the lady from Airbnb we’d be staying with and she said she’d meet us at the train station. 

We got the metro to Richard Strauss which was only 10 minutes away.  We met Ingrid and she drove us to her apartment nearby.

Ivan and I talked to Ingrid.  She gave us a welcome beer and a pretzel with a cheese dip.  Ingrid is a very nice German lady and we enjoyed the beer and pretzels while chatting to her about Munich and our travels.

We were tired from all the traveling and went to bed after using the internet for a short time.

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