Hot diggity! Tuesday! You know how I loves me some Tuesday. Why? It's Random! Today's randomness stems from our trip to the opening of Oktoberfest in Munich this past weekend.
*Oktoberfest is effing amazing. I could not have imagined it. I've been in Munich before during Oktoberfest, but this is the first time I've ever been to the actual Oktoberfest.
*Over 6 and a half million people are expected to attend this year's Oktoberfest. It only lasts for 16 days.
*Getting a table is darn near impossible. We met a group of teenagers (you read that right, 16 and 17 year old) who wanted to go explore the rest of Oktoberfest (it's like a big fair) but didn't want to lose their table (they stood in line for 2 hours to get a table) so we offered to hold their spots. Nice of us, wasn't it? They explored, we drank, everybody won. Especially the people selling the beer.
*In 2008 6.7 millions liters (approx 1.8 gallons) of beer was consumed.
*I loved that so many people were in Lederhosen or Dirdls.
*The first Oktoberfest took place in 1810 and was a wedding between Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. A horse race also took place that day in the Okotberfest grounds, but those ended in 1960.
*Mr. HH said there were too many breasts and he didn't know where to look. The dirndl is seriously made to show off the breast.
*The beer halls combined can seat 150,000.
*I didn't get to drink a Radler and that made me sad. It's a mixture of beer and a German style lemon-lime soda. It sounds gross, but man it is so good!
*1 Litre of beer cost 8.60 Euro (approx $12.71)
*The locals in Munich call Oktoberfest "die Wiesn" because of its location, Theresienwiese, which was named after Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
*Fest goers will consume approximately 500,000 chickens, 250,000 pork sausages, 60,000 pork knuckles (OMG!), 38,000kg of fish, 110 oxen (OMG, again!) and almost 3 million pounds of potatoes (mostly in the form of pommes-french fries).
And now for my funny sign of the week. They have a point (except at Oktoberfest).
I have lots (and lots) of photos from our trip which I will try to get posted this week. It was quite a trip that started off with a flat tire at 9:30pm, 100 miles from Garmisch. Good times indeed.