Since I’m feeling much more inspired to write, I am now catching up on some of the major events of the last couple of weeks. First up: Munich Adventures and Oktoberfest!
Originally, I was supposed to join Catherine in Salzburg on Thursday evening and go to Eagle’s Nest with them on Friday. However, my mentor teacher scheduled a meeting at school for Friday afternoon, so my plans fell through and I decided to just meet Catherine and Sholanda in Munich on Friday evening.
After my meeting on Friday, I packed up all my things and headed to Munich on the train. I had to change in trains in Mannheim and was lucky enough to get a seat by a window for the 3 hour train ride. For some reason, there was another train that had technical difficulties, so they piled everyone into our train. The train was jam-packed with people. I’ve never seen so many people in one train. I was so thankful that I was able to sit down. After a 20 minutes delay, I finally arrived in Munich and it took me awhile to find the Starbucks aka our meeting place.
We dropped my stuff off at the hotel since it was close to the train station, it was literally across the street!! It was such a nice hotel. I’m super thankful that I was able to stay with Catherine and Sholanda. We decided to have some German food for dinner and we ended up at the Augstiner Restaurant. It’s also one of the main breweries in Munich, so naturally I had a mass aka a liter of beer with dinner. Why not live it up? haha
On saturday, we slept in a little bit. We decided to do a little bit of exploring in the city. We visited the BMW World and Museum. Catherine really wanted to tour the factory, but they didn’t have tours on the weekend. I’m not much of a car enthusiast, but it was really cool to tour the museum and see the history behind BMW and the impact it has had on Germany. The museum was very cool because it was built in a neat way and basically took you on a tour through history as you walked through it. The weather was kind of crappy, so it was perfect museum weather. The Olympic Park was also close the BMW museum, so we got to see that too. Afterwards, we went to the English Gardens/the Chinese Tower. It was quite an adventure to find it. We ate some delicious german food and enjoyed a beer while there was some folk music playing. Overall, the afternoon was lovely, despite the disgusting weather.
After our adventure in the city, we decided to go to Oktoberfest and explore the festival grounds. It was cool to see all the tents and the rides. Catherine and I decided to ride the Tower of Terror, which is like the Scream at Fiesta Texas. However, it was 10x better than the Scream. It was definelty worth the 6 euros we paid for it!
Sunday was the day we truly experience Oktoberfest! Luckily, another ETA in Germany had some extra tickets for the Hippodrom tent and I was able to snag four of the tickets. My friend, Heidi, joined us on sunday morning. Normally, it is really hard to get tickets for the tents. You have to plan months in advance!. We each paid 35 euro for the reservation and it included the table as well as a appetizer, main meal and an after dinner schnapps. We had to pay for our own beer though. Before we headed to the festival, we were able to watch a little bit of the parade. We finally arrived at the tent and were able to get inside. It took us a while to find our table, but we finally found it and it was perfect! Inside the tent, it was very festive and loud! We ordered a mass each and then enjoyed the appetizer of different cheeses, breads, cold cut and some other surprises. The main course consisted of chicken, pork, potato salad and some other things. Overall, everything was delicious! It wasn’t your typical festival food either! I managed to drink 2 whole masses, plus eat a ton of food. At the end, we had the schnapps, but most of us could only manage a tiny sip. It was very strong schnapps!
Overall, the trip to Munich was a blast! I’m so thankful to my cousin Catherine for being so generous! It was her graduation gift to me and it was so worth it! After the festival, Catherine came back to Mainz with me to see my apartment. Unfortunately, I had to work on Monday so Catherine just stayed home because the weather was gross and I knew she would be back. On Monday afternoon, the weather cleared a little bit so we did some sight seeing in Mainz. We managed to see all the major churches in Mainz, but the Gutenberg museum was closed. That night we made dinner together. Sadly, she had to head to the hotel in Frankfurt because she had an early flight the next day. It was sad to see her go, but I’m glad that she was able to spend some time in Germany and I can’t wait for her to come back again!