Where in the World is Dan O?
Sunday The morning started off early. Even though many of the guys came back really late from Oktoberfest, we were still up and joking around at 7 am. Half of the guys had to catch a train at 9am for Amsterdam. It was such a hard decision for them since they were so hangover but they had already made the reservations for the train. As for the rest of the group, we were faced with a decision. The most of the girls had planned to see a castle on the outskirts of Munich. It was about a 2 hours and a half on the train plus quite a long hike to the castle. The guys had a choice: A) tag along to the castle or B) get into a tent finally and enjoy Oktoberfest until 8pm when we had to catch our train at 9pm. Of course we chose option B. The reason for this trip to Munich was to experience Oktoberfest; we wanted to make the best of it. So Andrew, Trevor, Liam, Ruth and me headed around 9 am to Oktoberfest to ensure that we can get a tent. We expected the crowds again like Saturday morning. From previous suggestions we headed to struten fritz tent. Sunday was family day in Oktoberfest so the tents were not as crowded as before. We found a table with ease and started drinking by 1030. The first bear was a real chore to drink. It took us about 2 hours just to finish our first one. Right outside of our tent was a live concert with a full orchestra. Bubba, you would have loved this. There were trumpets, drums, whips (surprised me) and large horns like the ones you would see in the recola cough drop commercials. Beer and a great concert, we couldn't be happier. Sunday was by far the best day of the trip. The live band that started to play around 1 was very good. They played a lot of familiar songs and we learned some new ones also. For example: Sera Sera, 99 red balloons, summer of 69, country roads, but they did not play Hey Baby. Hey Baby was our staple song because when we were there we realized the Americans don't have many drinking songs. So we mad Hey Baby ours. We actually sang it loud enough that we had the whole beer hall joining us by the 3 or 4th time around. We felt accomplished. Our lunch consisted of a 2 ft long bratwurst which was heavenly. While in the beer hall a family sat next to us to eat their lunch. A father, mother, and 3 young girls ranging from 7-16. It threw me off when they ordered their drinks because they came back with 2 sodas and 3 beers. The youngest girl had a cup of beer! I asked her father and his reply came with a laugh. "Oh no, it is apple juice and carbonated water". I swear, it looked just like beer, foamed like beer, and bubbled like beer. Later on we met two older couples who sat behind us. They were the sweetest grandmas I have ever met. They were German and could drink all of us under the table. They were so much fun. Andrew even got to dance with one of them. Around 6pm we were bushed and left the hall to grab some delicious chicken and sit on the lawn. We all passed out for a bit except Liam who then proceeded to tie all our shoes together. When we awoke we were just in time to see the police haul off a drunken person. He was wrestled to the ground, handcuffed and then carried off on a stretcher. The night came to a close when we left to catch our train at 9. It was a very good trip.