Study abroad sometimes seems like it never happened. I remember the first day after getting back from Budapest waking up and thinking, “That was all a dream wasn’t it? I didn’t really apartment hunt through shady communist-looking buildings in Hungary. I didn’t really skip two weeks of class to travel up and down Italy. I didn’t REALLY party on a tram in Krakow with my new friends from Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, WHEREVER!”
It’s been more than two years but I STILL – to the annoyance of anybody that wasn’t there with me – bring up the “one time, in Budapest…” (at least I grew out of band camp. True story).
I really wish I had started a blog while I was there, but I think this may be better. This way, I get to condense our travels through different cities to the best moments – best food, best picture, best part in general. My main goal is to inspire a little wanderlust in everybody so here goes city #1!
My study abroad semester was from September to December, so my friends and I started planning our trips….around March, when we found out we were going to Budapest! So we thought we could start off with a bang and make our first trip to Munich for Oktoberfest. Can you believe that even 6 months ahead of time, hotels were already being booked up? We ended up sleeping on the floor of a friend of a friend’s dorm room (and napping in the BMW museum) but it was all worth it. Here are some snapshots from Munich.
Currywurst!! Man you can find these all over but they were SO GOOD in the beer tents. Basically it’s a sausage with a curry tomato sauce. Nothing in LA can compare to the real thing.
Well no surprises here. We came for this and here it is. Oktoberfest – the world famous Bavarian beer festival!! In the midst of a giant festival (think county fair, European style) there are massive beer tents filled with people crowded elbow-to-elbow, singing, drinking, shouting, all of the above! You won’t find a more obnoxiously friendly environment than here, where people travel from all around the world to have a good time. I think even the waking up at 6am to get into a good beer tent on opening day is included in my fond memories. Beware/tip: only 1 Liter beers served here 😉
Click here for a good first time visitor’s guide to Oktoberfest.