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Oktoberfest 2009

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Couldn’t resist!

Now it’s less fun going on your own, and I arrived a bit too late both Friday and Saturday, so I did not manage to get a seat indoors, but satisfied myself with beers outside, on two very nice fall days in Munich. Friday was a bit of a hazy memory, pretty much I stepped off the train, checked into the hotel, and started drinking, had too much, sobered up a bit at dinner, and finished the evening with a tequila sunrise. The train ride, incidentally, started at 9 AM and people were already sloshed on the train. I still can’t quite get over the thought of drinking alcohol before noon. But then again, midnight is before noon, right?

Serious exercise, she was probably hauling 20 kilos of beer.

Serious exercise, she was probably hauling 20 kilos of beer.

Saturday was incredibly crowded, being a public holiday (Tag der deutschen Einheit), so the tents were filled to capacity and I couldn’t get in. Add to that a football match between F.C. Koeln and Bayern Munich, so you had football fans from both sides at a beer festival. And where else could you be getting drunk sitting next to a Bavarian, an American, a Finn, and an Italian all at the same table?

Despite the warm weather and being packed to the brim on Saturday, attendance this year was down from last year. Undoubtedly the economic crisis, and the threats made against Oktoberfest had something to do with it.

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The Augustiner 'tent', capacity 9000+

The Augustiner 'tent', capacity 9000+

Lederhosen, nice.

Lederhosen, nice.

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Pavement pizzas in the making

Pavement pizzas in the making

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Oktoberfest, September 2008

A weekend of Absinthe and beer

There’s really little more to say- this is the beerfest to end all beerfests. For two weeks in Munich in late September, the city swells with visitors from everywhere who quaff expensive, stronger than normal 1 L denominations of beer. I’m one of them.

I arrived on Friday night, the day before the keg was tapped, to catch the premiere of the new Absinthe snowboarding flick, Ready, but aside from seeing plenty of kids there primarily to get trashed, it was a mellow, though late evening for me. I did get to meet a number of the cast and crew, which included some of my favorite pro riders. It’s also clearly not as much fun going on your own.

some of the cast and crew

some of the cast and crew

But now a bit about the main event, I went twice, actually, the day of the opening, and then for much of Sunday afternoon. Didn’t get a seat inside, so I stood outside on a chilly, overcast September day and had my high quality Augustiner brew.

YES!

YES!

boyzone. . .

boyzone. . .

crazy aussies

crazy aussies

the 8000 person tent. . .

the 8000 person tent. . .

And then Sunday I went with some friends and six hours later, I didn’t even recall shooting off 270 photos, was too drunk to catch my train back, and ended up staying the night before taking the 6 AM train back to the office.

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