Oktoberfest

It was a crazy weekend full of beer, pretzels, and friendship, and it was unlike anything I've ever experienced! I got to see so many of my friends from Duke and hear all about the incredibly diverse abroad experiences they're all having. Also added a new country to my list! Germany was incredible, and I took a lot of time to really explore and see more than just Oktoberfest. But have to begin with that since it was the whole reason I made these plans in the first place! We were up at 7 am (which was pretty late compared to all our friends) and in line outside the Haufbraushaus tent (aka college student central) by 8:30. The doors opened at 9 and hundreds of people swarmed in to claim tables and start drinking beer and eating pretzels! The pretzel was by far my favorite part, it was the largest pretzel I'd ever seen and I was begging people to take bites from it so I wouldn't devour it all myself! We basically just socialized for hours that day and, before heading back to the hotel exhausted, we took a few laps around the carnival areas which were very cool, though some of the rides made me nauseous just watching! It was an even bigger production than I could've ever anticipated but I'm so glad I got to experience it! Even gave in and bought a drindl to wear so I'd fit in! Then this morning, after being too exhausted to go back for round two, we decided to take the train out to Dachau to tour the concentration camp. It was a total 180 from the day we'd had before but I'm so glad we did it because it was very interesting and really made me think and reflect. We were able to fit a wide variety of experiences into one weekend and I was able to see so many people I loved and missed so much! 

ALSO to follow up on my recent post about salmon, guess what I finally was able to order last night!!! It was the most perfectly pan-seared filet of salmon that simply made me so incredibly happy. With a side of steamed spinach and a glass of German Reisling, I treasured every bite of the first salmon I've had in over a month! Oh how I missed it in my life... Also had some pretty amazing pumpkin soup for lunch today to follow up my post about pumpkin flavors. Thank you Germany for an amazing weekend, amazing food, and amazing people!!! Didn't learn a word of German though...

 

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