Oktoberfest: Evidence in Pictures

And so the intrepid warrior returns from her foray into the jungles of Bavaria.  What did she discover?  Delicious Bier and lots of Spaß.

I’m not sure what I expected, but just like I said it would be, it was a big fair.  I mean, take your hokey traveling fair, multiply it by ~1 million, and put everyone in Lederhosen and Dirndls

But really, Oktoberfest was a ton of temporary rides (über fun rides, I might add), fun houses, haunted houses, games, candies, and snacks.  Oh, and The Tents.  We mustn’t forget The Tents (capitals letters are critical here to emphasize the massive importance of The Tents).  These temporary buildings require sneaky ninja moves reservations to get in, but once inside, you can enjoy the enormous Bier mugs, half a chicken, and German Volksmusik in style.

A common tradition is to belt out a toast in song form — it’s called Ein Prosit — and by golly, I must have heard it ten thousand times on Saturday.

Want to sing along?

Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.
Ein Prosit, ein Prosit
Der Gemütlichkeit.

Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa!

There is no direct translation for the word Gemütlichkeit.  It’s a hazy idea that means social acceptance, cheerfulness, coziness, and quality time all in one word.  It’s a useful word, no?  And it’s certainly appropriate for drinking Bier at Oktoberfest!

Sadly, the weather turned cold in the early afternoon.  But it didn’t matter because we had plenty of Bier to keep us warm.


P.S.  The hubby did wear Lederhose and I did wear a Dirndl, but I have yet to download those pictures.  They’re coming, I promise… And I can assure you we looked über cute. 😉