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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Friday, October 05, 2018

Another Oktoberfest in the Books

By now most Oktoberfestians have returned home safely. The others have extended their European visit to include London and Bordeaux. I guess they needed some R&R after Munchen.

I declare the visit a success. No one was arrested and no one got lost. We left with the same number of people that we arrived with. I personally enjoyed two key aspects of this visit; above and beyond the usual joyous friendship and delicious golden nectar.

  1. While the group was larger than normal, many Oktoberfestians "did their own thing". As we always say, you do not need to follow the crowd. Several days had people off doing their thing; a good thing.
  2. As usual, we visited some new places.

I have already been asked (even before we left), "what's the plan for 2020?" It's too early to commit, even for me. One good thing, though. By then, both Designated Walker and I will be retired. That means we can spend more time, either in Munchen or before/after Oktoberfest. Maybe a long road trip like Barbus and Schlumberger Lady.

Tell us your thoughts on this year's excursion.....

Prost !

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Friday, September 28, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018

First Bier at Hotel Alfa

Keith ...
Sent from my iPhone

Getting close

Sunrise over the North Sea!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Final Training. My buddies are flying in tomorrow.

Final training pictures.  My buddies are flying in tomorrow.  The first photo my reward from walking from Berchtesgaden to the world famous Eagles nest today.  Patti holding my bier and she actually had a sip!  The second photo is our lunch.  More pork product so the digestive system is now in high gear!  The last photo is Patti and I at a great bier garden in Salzburg.  Augustine Brau. Great bier and great setting!


More pictures from opening weekend here...

Who's flying Lufthansa?

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I still have coupons!

Chugger,  do you still have any left?

Training the not yet traveler's.

Einfahrt (make way)

Final Training

Just for Dan...

Keith ...
Sent from my iPhone

We have added Live people for our training

Fellow Oktoberfest participants.  Live training in Salzburg!  I finally got to talk to someone other than Patti! 

Prost!   See you guys and gals in a couple of days. 

Another wonderful venue to look forward to...

Monday, September 24, 2018

Additional Training for Patti

Look at this a baked spaetlzle cheese dish with a Stiegl.  Oh know!  Looks like I had a weisse beer for dessert.  Patti in heap of trouble tonight! Ha ha

More training in Salzburg

The Weather is Looking Great

Starting in Salzburg. More training ........

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Out in the hills of Vienna at some of the wineries today!  Patti had a niece who passed on this date last year.  She was special needs so she carried painted rocks and left this one in the hills of Vienna at a wine.  Statue was dedicated to the vineyards.  Hope the person that finds the rock takes the time to learn about the disease .

Guess what?  In Austria you can still get a Pork Meatball and of course Schnitzel.  Keith it is pork, pork, pork.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Leaving tomorrow for Vienna and Salzburg

Well the packing is done and Patti is cleaning the house so it must be time to go!

Guys we will have our cell phones but not turned on for calls.  If you have an I Phone and we are connected to the local free Wi-Fi send us a text.

Henk my number is US 513.236.6246.  Patti US 937.271.0969  Try to text us and we will try to meet for a wine and beer Salzburg.  We are arriving Monday afternoon  from Vienna.

See you all Thursday we are getting into Munich on Thursday around 12:00  Dropping bags and heading to the market for lunch.


Something to strive for

Not sure I’ve tried  all these. Obviously more research is in order.

On my way pt 2

Augustiner Brau : “ein prosit from Leipzig”

O' Zapft is... Part II

The ceremony of tapping the first barrel of beer has become one of the most popular traditions at the Oktoberfest. It was founded by mayor Thomas Wimmer in 1950, making it almost as important for the reputation of a Munich mayor as getting elected in the first place, as people started counting the number of strikes needed to drive the spigot into the barrel with a wooden hammer. During his first Oktoberfest, former mayor Christian Ude kept bludgeoning the barrel with a seemingly endless 7 strikes. But Ude kept on trying and soon managed to tap the barrels with a stunning 2 strikes only. His successor Dieter Reiter needed 4 strokes on his first try.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

On our way!

Warm and sunny in Bremen. Tomorrow heading for Leipzig.

Extended Forecast

If you believe anything this far in advance, looks like arrival day is the only day that might be wet....

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Oktoberfest Security Force...

I just hope we run into this crew!

I'm Depressed

I hope the enthusiasm for this year's Oktoberfestians is higher than it appears. A simple metric of blog posts shows a laissez faire attitude. Only 10 posts (not including this one) for the month of September. What's up?

...Have we gone too often?

...Have we experienced everything to be experienced?

...Are we just too good at what we do?

...Do the Oktoberfestians just not care?

I don't expect many comments. The attitude seems prevalent.

Prost to those who look forward to this experience.

Monday, September 17, 2018

O' Zapft is .....

is less than 5 days away! Keep your eyes on the Schottenhamel Tent this coming Saturday at 12:00 Munich time. Not too long after that the YouTube video should start appearing.

Prost! and Bon Voyage to the Rangs who depart this Friday.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Getting the Band back together

Two Weeks we will be sipping the golden nectar..

Monday, September 10, 2018

Great Article and better Photo's

Personally, I like the fantasy land.  Something to look at while I am drinking my bier!

For my left leaning friends, this article is from Fox News, but not political.  Not that I care but just wanted to give a disclaimer!  John is trying to move me into the political correct world, but like the resistance I refuse to compromise!

PS the Photos look way better on my screen than my phone!  ha ha!

See you all in a couple of weeks.


Thursday, September 06, 2018

An oldie but certainly a goodie...

The world record for carrying beer...

Our New Slogan.....

This is actually the slogan of the Hacker-Festzelt where we have our tent reservations, and it is certainly something to note:
When surrounded by clouds and stars, with a cold Maß in hand, you will feel as though you are truly in a "Bavarian Heaven". 

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

The one and only schedule thread

There have been separate threads and now emails about activities and/or day trips. Let's try to keep everything here.

I will edit this original post as necessary based upon comments and agreements; ie. Jane's proposed tours. As usual, this is nothing more than suggestions (items in black). If we finalize something I will note it as appropriate. So remember, normal black items are proposals/thoughts, and blue items are set.

Thursday the 27th

  • Chugger and Designated Walker arrive 08:00
  • Barley Man and Paulaner Girl arrive 11:00
  • Einfahrt arrival 08:45
  • barbus and Schlumberger Lady arrive 14:00
  • Flying Dan and Patti arrive early afternoon 
  • Lunch at Augustiner Restaurant Grossgaststätte or a Tent
  • 15:30 Hofbrauhaus

Friday the 28th

  • Kloster Benediktbeuern / Kochel am See

Saturday the 29th

  • Viktualienmarkt in the morning
  • Hacker Tent 13:00 - 17:15
  • Continue party in the tent at night

Sunday the 30th

  • Kloster Andechs in the morning

Monday the 1st

  • Most Oktoberfestians depart

Monday, September 03, 2018

Arrival times in Munich?

Chugger and Designated Walker Munich arrival: 8am on Thursday
Barleyman and Paulaner Girl:  11:00am Thursday

When is everyone else getting in?

Some great insight

Saturday, September 01, 2018

This is rough duty. :-)

Trip planning session with spouse . Hazy Blond Ale..Thorn Brewery