Did y’all know Oktoberfest is actually called Wiesn in Germany? Did you also know that I’m headed there after work today? I’ll spend the weekend there and head back to Munich on Wednesday. I’m a lucky girl, I realize that. Beer festivals might just be my essence and in the next few days I will be basking in all things related: I will be dressed in a dirndl, “Prost”-ing old friends, dancing to oompa bands, lusting over men in lederhosen, devouring roasted chickens and oversized pretzels, singing at the top of my lungs, and of course… drinking disgusting amounts of BEER.
Just writing singing at the top of my lungs reminded me that I didn’t have a voice for ten days after Oktoberfest last year. Let’s hope I fare better this go ’round. Let’s also hope that this dude is still alive and there to entertain:
Oktoberfest 2011 was my greatest exception to this. During this time, I had only lived in Germany a couple of months and had a solid two friends in this country, one of which did not live in Karlsruhe (the other was this dude). Then, the last Saturday of Oktoberfest 2011, I was with some friends visiting from the USA in the Hofbräuhaus tent when a lovely German girl asked me my name, in German. I responded with my basic German introductory lessons, but immediately switched to English. They were less than happy to find out I didn’t speak German, but we were friends all day nonetheless. Come night time, we bid adieu and I surely thought I’d never see this pair again. That was far from true, thank goodness, and this evening we will be reunited yet again!
People can be just a good travel memory and that is perfectly Ok. I can name tons of these. Every now again though, you meet some extra special folk and make an exception. An exception that makes you decide to hop on a train to Munich on a whim to go to Oktoberfest to re-experience the magic of when you all met. Simon and Uschi could have easily been just another pair I added on Facebook after a great trip solely to share photos with, but we made each other exceptions and I’m happy to claim them as amazing friends who certainly contributed to my unforgettable experience in Germany. We made the exception to being just a memory and decided to live exceptionally!