Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Day After

The last day in Munich, I decided to have a walk down to the Octoberfest gardens to say thank you in my own way to the greatness of Bavaria. They had recently started setting up for Octoberfest, which I found quite symbolic to my journey. The pictures can't even remotely capture how massive these buildings were. I am disappointed I won't be there for the famous festival, but is an excuse to make a trip back.

Above is a picture from the northern entrance to the Octoberfest grounds with massive beer halls being constructed in the background. Though I hear many of the people who attend Octoberfest are tourists, I cannot underestimate the Bavarian drinking contingency out to show everyone how its done. It would definitely be a trip of a lifetime, though to be quite honest, given the choice between the two, I'd rather go to beer school.

There were about twenty of these massive buildings being erected.

While they had made significant progress, the areas still looked as if construction was in its infancy. I wish I could see it when it was complete.

Augustiner tent. If you are going, this would be the one to visit.

Queen of Bavaria. Day or night, my visits to you have been one of the highlights of my trip.

Lowenbrau lion's head. I spotted the body in a truck but couldn't get a good picture of it.

After I paid my respects to the Queen and tied up my last few things in Munich, a couple of the remaining Master Brewers and I headed to Andechts. I had waited to the last minute I guess, but looking back on it, I couldn't have gone at a better time.

The setting of Andechts and the Doppelbock, made this place such an awesome and popular beer garden.

Beer culture in Germany is definitely something I will miss. Beer in Germany is considered food and when respected, can be a wonderful part of life. These two are getting an early lesson on the greatness of enjoying beer (well actually its Radler which is a mixture of beer and lemonade).

So recovery Saturday turned into party Saturday when a certain someone thought we had been drinking liters of Doppelbock instead of half liters. This certain someone is also a medical school student, has long brown hair and happened to be the only girl with us at Andechts.

The gem of Andechts. If you are unable to read the writing on the mirror and the sink looking thing, it reads "Puke and Rally". Good thing there is a message on the mirror, reminding you to get your shit together.

Location:Munich/Andechs, Germany

No comments:

Post a Comment