A Travellerspoint blog

September 2006

Oktoberfest - it's everything I hoped for and more...

Beer really does taste better served by a wentch

sunny 20 °C

This one goes out to anyone who loves a beer, and likes that beer to be big, and likes it served by someone in costume.

After Greece, Hannah and I decided it was time to go where the beer flows like wine, and the women instinctively flow like the salmon of Capistrano. I'm talking about Oktoberfest. So we met Bim in Berlin, hired a car and headed south, via Cologne and the Black Forest. After getting through some questionable navigation from the girls, we arrived in Munich, and checked into the "cabin."

It was time for a beer.

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Although Oktoberfest is not officially opened until 11:00 on the Saturday, some people still got pumped the day before.

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We got up early and headed to the beer grounds. Many people come here in traditional Bavarian dress. It's even more awesome than the photos could ever show.

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People everywhere where super pumped, and the first beer didn't disapoint. Served by a wentch, carrying a ship load of beer in litre glasses, it was so sweet.

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We found the locals loved their lederhosen's.

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Plus they loved a photo with a stranger.

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We also found that Beer Wentches were multi-talented. Not only could they serve masses of beer, they could serve masses of chicken, too.

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Day two of Oktoberfest started much the same as day one, except we had a slight hangover. People still marched around in full kit.

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And locals still loved to be in a photo.

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At this stage, I'd like to point out that Oktoberfest is for everyone, even coyboys.

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By the end of the day, we found we had met a lot of German people.

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So that was Oktoberfest. Bim and I lost Hannah a bit on the last night, so we went on a couple of rides. Needless to say, rides after 7 or 8 litres of beers is not the best idea, but it sure is fun.

I'll leave you with one more picture of some Bavarian people, probably crazy.

Hugs and kisses to all,

Kerr

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Posted by MOB 01:57 Archived in Germany Tagged backpacking Comments (3)

Sun, Sand and Dooza

Greece, the place is chocca's full of culture

sunny 26 °C

Hello blog checkers,

this one is all about Greece, namely, the Greek Islands. The place is brilliant, and a good time was had by all. Now for some photos...

Having been to Belgium in the cold, it was time for some sun. We packed up our stuff, minus the €5 tents, and headed south. Along the way to the islands, we stopped over in Athens, picked up Dooza, and headed for the islands

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From there we hit Mykonos, a party island according to LP. But the beaches were the main attraction there

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Then Morto, Dooza and I headed to Naxos, where Melon, Anne and H. P. Runnalls where waiting after their demon hell ride from Turkey.
We soon rented quads, and were on our way..

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Dooza loved it...

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With the bikes, we quickly met some locals up the mountain.

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After mechanical troubles, we returned back for food, cocktails and a party...

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(the guy who took this photo told us it was a good one...)

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In Ios, it is not uncommon to see donkeys on the beach.

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At the end of our time in Ios, we fond a pretty cool bar, where we could hang out, and listen to former Australian Idol 7th place getter (and that IS an achievement), Millsy, at an open mic night.

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Apologies to those wanting Millsy photos, we didn't take any of him, but we did find another "celebrity."

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In Santorini, we went for the scooters, although Dooza couldn't handle the swings, and went for a quad instead. It was in Santorini that we found post card-esque scenery,

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and a great sunset,

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although Dooza was a bit partied out.

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We also found a great little spot to jump off,

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We figured the jump was about 5m high into some of the clearest and deepest water we'd ever seen. For the record, the jump was off the front corner of the island.

And possibly the highlight, a donkey ride up some stairs

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Hannahs donkey was crazy, and even tried to go the wrong way. The owner soon stoped that, but I'm not sure any animal wellfair goups would approve of his methods.

After a few drinks in Santorini, we all headed our seperate ways, although "a few drinks" turned into a few more...

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I think it was mandatory to wear helmets in this bakery, but I can't remember.

So that was Greece, a bucket load of fun.

A special mention goes out to Kinga and Will, their advice craps all over Lonely Planet. If you guys are considering a career change, travel writing is right up your alley.

Kerr

Posted by MOB 07:09 Archived in Greece Tagged backpacking Comments (7)

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