Sunday, October 2nd, 2022

Munich

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Meeting originally scheduled for the US got changed to Munich this week. By coincidence it was Oktoberfest in Munich. I’ve been meaning to go for years now, but a quirk of fate meant I go to attend. The main advantage was I got to go with a great group of Germans and experience the real thing, as opposed to being the groups of brits over for a p***-up !

We got booked into the special VIP tent. Tent being one of these construction-type things:

I joked to a colleague how well built they were – only in Germany could they construct things so well.

Of course the night started with the beers:

I had 4 of these over the course of the night, with lots of good food (excuse the pics as taking food pics isn’t common so I had to sneak them in !). First the starter – basically a large plate of meats and cheese along with bread:

Then main course – huge portions of duck in a rich sauce, with potatoes and herb dumplings (one of my favourite German dishes):

By the end of the night I was pretty drunk, although aware of what’s going on. I like these sort of times, albeit in moderation. I described it to a friend once as cleaning my head out with bleach. All my concerns, baggage and stress tends to get washed away with the drinking. Maybe I should do it more often :). Drinks back at the hotel, got up to my room and realised I had lost my glasses (a common occurrence nowadays) ! Called down, had a discussion in German I think with the lady at reception. The next morning they were there waiting for me.

The onto a favourite breakfast. Poppyseed roll with bacon. When I was a student in Hamburg I’d have these every morning for breakfast as a treat:

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