Ok, as you all know, I went to Oktoberfest this weekend. A lot happened, so I’ll try to keep this as brief as I can. We left Friday around 6:49 pm for a 12 hour train ride to Munich. It was 12 hours because we had a 5 hour layover in Nuremburg at midnight. Anyways, we arrived at the hotel room at around 6:49 in the morning and slept for a couple of hours. After our nap, we arrived at Oktoberfest at around 10:00 am. We finally entered a biergarten at the Lowenbrau at approximately, 10:30. During that time, I had a few beers here and there while meeting some new friends from New Zealand and Italy. We stayed there until about 11:30 at night to head to bed for the night. Unfortunately, we lost a couple of people, so I and another person had to go search for them. Without any luck, we had to hurry back to the train station considering we only had 15 minutes until the last train left for our hotel. Eventually, we got there but arrived there just a few minutes too late, so we had to stay in the train station for 5 hours until we could catch the next train. After chatting with a Chilean girl and a couple hours of sleep, we got on a train heading out to our hotel. We didn’t arrive at our hotel til almost 7:00 am that morning. Two of us were planning on heading to Munich again around 9:30, but since one of our group members didn’t show up still, we decided to wait til he arrived. He didn’t meet us until 1:00 pm, so we ended up not going back because it was too late. It was probably a good idea considering how tired and worn out we were. Finally, we arrived back in Marburg around 9:00 pm. Despite all the struggles and long rides to and from, I can most certainly say it was well worth the trip. It certainly lived up to the hype, and I hope I can go back again some day! Well, now we’re off to Berlin (I can never catch a break, can I?)
So this weekend, My friend Stewart and I went on a journey to Frankfurt to find some cheap Lederhosen for the wild Oktoberfest this upcoming weekend. Let’s just say, it wasn’t very cheap. We will get back to that later. Anyways, we had an hour long train ride to Frankfurt from Marburg which was so much fun (not!). As soon as we arrived at Frankfurt, we noticed we could arrive at the C&A, which is where the Lederhosen was being sold, by S-Bahn. We spent a good 15 minutes trying to find the train, but eventually gave up. We started walking there not thinking it was very far, only a mile to be exact. On our way there, a guy who spoke perfect English with a beer in his hand started talking to us about how his girlfriend kicked him out of the house and how he is from Texas. All of a sudden, he stopped us and asked for some change for food considering he was on the streets all by himself the last few days. I gave him a euro of change not thinking twice about it. Suddenly, he asked for a 5 telling me he would give me 4 in return, because he only had 4 and a kebab costs 4.50. So I gave him the 5 waiting for him to give me the 4 euros when all of a sudden, he asked me if I wanted some weed. I told him “No thank you. Just give me the 4 euros, and we will be on our way.” Turns out, he didn’t have the 4 euros, so he told us to wait 10 minutes so he could get the 4 euros because he owed somebody. Stewart and I waited for 18 minutes, and the guy never came… First day in Frankfurt, and I get robbed. What a statement your making, Frankfurt. Anyways, we left, and after almost an hour, we finally find a C&A store. We both looked through all the Lederhosen seeing they were all 99 euros (oh boy!). Believe me, those were the cheapest ones, or so we thought. We were trying to look for sizes because we didn’t know what European size we wore. I saw a size 48 that was for 59 euros. Naturally, I tried them on, but they didn’t fit. Fortunately though, I found a smaller size for the same size on the rack in front of the dressing rooms for the same price, and they fit perfectly! I was ecstatic! At least now I know I wear a size 44 in Europe (that means a 44 cm waist, by the way). So long story short: good things come to those who give! Next destination: Munich!
It’s been over a month since I arrived here in Germany. The time flies by so fast, it certainly doesn’t feel like it has been that long. Almost October and I’m just getting started. We finished our first week of Culture Class today, and boy, is it fun… You can certainly tell by the amount of artistry and drooped heads throughout the classroom. I wish I could pay attention, but with a class size so big and consisting of mainly presentations presented by other students, it gets a little bland. Although on Tuesday, we explored the main attractions of the city: the church, castle and the “Oberstadt” or the “upper city” because that’s about all that Marburg has going for it. Unfortunately though, I already seen 2/3 of the tour, so it wasn’t as exciting is it should have been. At least we didn’t have lectures and ordered a half rack of ribs at half price afterwards. So Good! Besides that and finishing our draft, nothing has really happened this week, but tomorrow, I’m on a quest to find the sacred Lederhosen in a land known as Frankfurt! Til then, I bid adieu!