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I don’t even know how to begin this. Yet another epic adventure with the infamous Evan Shaw. A quick four night trip where we had booked an apartment to ourselves. Not to mention Stew was meeting us for two nights.

Tuesday morning swung around and I met Evan at the train station, Stew came in later that day and met us at the apartment. Boy was it great to see both of them! It’s always awesome when friends and family are able to travel and meet me. After getting settled in, we were all hungry and headed to the original Hofbrahaus for some tasty food and drinks!

A classic and our first experience at Oktoberfest

A classic and our first experience at Oktoberfest

Still early in the tents

Still early in the tents

Now for the whole reason for this trip, it was Oktoberfest time! Heading to the festival, there was so much to do. 14 beer tents set up along with countless carnival games and rides including a roller coaster and ferris wheel. First things first, a beer and then walk around the carnival. Seeing the roller coaster, it was just calling our names to ride it with all the loops and spirals.

So many loops!!! There was no stopping us

So many loops!!! There was no stopping us

Trying not to lose my camera here

Trying not to lose my camera here

Evan didn't enjoy the ride one bit

Evan didn’t enjoy the ride one bit

So many people and so much going on!

So many people and so much going on!

Hofbrau Festzelt Tent!

Hofbrau Festzelt Tent!

The early afternoon came upon us and Evan, Stew, and I headed back into a tent to claim our spot before it filled up. Some how we ended up sitting with a whole english speaking group which made the rest of the day a ton of fun. The tent kept filling up with more and more people making it crazier and crazier. We even met a couple German’s that invited us to be on tv. So who knows could’ve made it onto German television somewhere! Needless to say, we all had such a great night together.

Its like 3pm

Its like 3pm

TV time!

TV time!

Another one out for the count

Another one out for the count

The night is rolling and the place is packed

The night is rolling and the place is packed

Such a great night with these guys

Such a great night with these guys

In the morning, Stew left just before sunrise to catch his flight out while Evan and I headed back to sleep. We had decided to take a lazy day and head to the Englischer Garten. A massive park in the middle of Munich that is bigger than New York’s Central Park. With such a beautiful day outside, there were lots of people out enjoying the sun.

Englischer Garten

Englischer Garten

a little wake boarding/beginning surfer

a little wake boarding/beginning surfer

Surfs Up!

Surfs Up!

One of the main rivers through the park

One of the main rivers through the park

Riding the train back to the apartment, it was a last minute decision to go visit Olympiapark. Munich hosted the 1972 Olympics which provided us with the opportunity to visit the Olympic Swimming Hall and Olympic Stadium. Such a cool thing to see and experience! Climbing the nearby hill, we enjoyed the view it provided over Munich. This was the highest hill in the city making me realize flat southern Germany was.

Highest Hill in Munich overlooking the Olympic Stadium

Highest Hill in Munich overlooking the Olympic Stadium

Standing tall with the Olympic Tower

Standing tall with the Olympic Tower

Our last full day together arrived and back to Oktoberfest we headed. With such an early flight the following day, neither Evan or myself wanted to stay out too late. It was nice and sunny outside which constituted us enjoying drinks out on the patio creating a more relaxed experience. By staying outside, it also provided ample opportunity to truly walk around the carnival and see just how many people there were!

Round 2!!

Round 2!!

This was such a fantastic trip! Being able to experience Oktoberfest in Munich with Evan and Stew has been one to put in the books. It is another bucket lister that both Evan and I are able to cross off of our lists. I still can’t believe some of the journeys we have had and who knows what the next adventure with him will bring! Thank you Stew and Evan for meeting up with me and making Oktoberfest one amazing time!

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