Oktoberfest, otherwise known as the biggest beer drinking festival in the world, was an unforgettable experience for me.
Because every college student is on a budget and even more so when they’re abroad, my friends and I decided to stay at a campsite in Munich to save money. This campsite and I had a love hate relationship, mostly hate though. We crammed ten people into a teepee, used cheap pool toys as mattresses, shared two blankets between the ten of us, and didn’t shower for three straight days. Our saving grace at this campsite was the friendly staff, open bar, and awesome international people we met there.
Besides this slight setback that weekend, it was so great to see so many familiar faces. We met up with not only 11 people from Holy Cross, but I also saw a few friends from home as well. It was nice to transition from the European lifestyle back to American for a few days.
Experiencing the German culture was phenomenal. Many people in the tents were dressed in Lederhosen and Dirndls, the traditional German wear during the festival. Inside the beer tents, the atmosphere was captivating; people would start singing a particular German song and within a few seconds the entire two-story tent had joined in raising the glasses to the melody. Once at a table, it was strongly encouraged that you buy a Stein (giant mug) of beer and a huge soft pretzel to accompany it. The food and beer inside the tent was some of the best I’ve ever had. The Hofbräuhaus tent and actual brewery completely made up for the lack of sleep, hygiene, and sanity I had earlier from the campsite.