Day 8: Oktoberfest and Fleeing Munich

This was just one of the eight or so large beer tents. They're all decorated differently.

This was just one of the eight or so large beer tents. They’re all decorated differently.

Oktoberfest is a three week festival. You start drinking beer by the liter at noon and you don’t stop until… well, actually, that’s unclear.

I attended this festivities on Saturday. It was raining but many people still went to der Wiesn early on Saturday morning. I had made friends with a Naval Police Officer from California who is currently living in Spain. We went together and found seats at a medium sized tent called Zum Stiftl.

Making new friends at the Zum Stiftl tent at Oktoberfest 2016.

Making new friends at the Zum Stiftl tent at Oktoberfest 2016.

In total I spent about €100 on food, drink, and entertainment on Day One. Oktoberfest is a massive festival with many delicious treats to try and carnival rides to jump on. So, you could spend a little less or a lot more.

I was supposed to be in München for 7 days and go to Oktoberfest for two of them. Unfortunately on the Friday before Oktoberfest started, it began to rain a lot.

I was staying at a wonderful campground called The Tent. The Tent is a cheap hostel and campground where you can camp for €99  for a whole week. There was only three problems:

  1. The Tent is extremely busy during Oktoberfest. My inner introvert was screaming for alone time by Sunday morning.
  2. The rain didn’t let up by Sunday morning and it negatively impacted everyone’s mood.
  3. Everybody was drunk and or hungover by Sunday morning. This further darkened the mood.

For these reasons. I decided not to attend Oktoberfest on Sunday. Furthermore, I had a good friend in Utrecht invite me to stay at their place.

I got a refund on my last two nights at The Tent (€28, thanks!) and bought a bus ticket to Utrecht.

I arrived in the Netherlands early Monday morning, and was glad to be greeted with clear weather:

There is water everywhere.

There is water everywhere.

 

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