Holiday so far has been pretty awesome. Note to self: any flight before 8am in the morning is a stupid stupid idea.
Singapore was hoooot – but this was very conducive to me staying in the shopping mall and attempting not to shop. Su offered me the choice of “strenuous day” or “relaxing day” on my first day in Singapore. This was the result of “relaxing day”:
So very lucky I didn’t choose strenuous day, huh? I also had an overwhelming sense of deja vu for 3 days in a row, as we walked through the same shopping mall each day… to get an ice cream sandwich:
I did however, make it to Raffles Hotel to have a Singapore sling, so that’s one off the list for ‘trying the local alcoholic specialty’.
I arrived in London on Friday at 6am in the morning. Luckily for me, lots of sleep in the plane meant that I wasn’t jetlagged. However, standing in the line at immigration for 1+ hours was definitely trying at that time in the morning! I managed to make it to my friend’s place, and promptly had a nap.
We flew out to Munich on the Friday evening.. so much flying for one day. We stayed in this cute little hotel called the “Art Hotel Munich”. Each of the doors to the rooms had interesting abstract art painted on them, and there were paintings throughout the hallways. Very cool! The breakfast they provided was also top-notch – cold cuts, bread rolls, coffee and nutella up the wazoo. It’s very important to have a filling breakfast before heading to Oktoberfest (:
We got up in the wee hours of the morning to get to oktoberfest at 7:30am. That’s right – AM. The beer halls don’t open till 10am, however, by 8am there was already a large crowd. Picking a beer hall is an art form – it will dictate the sort of crowd you will have. We expressly avoided the Hofbrau hall as it’s full of bogan Aussies :P Paulaner was a much safer option – it’s where the locals go.
The beer isn’t served till 12 noon – following the tapping of the keg. This is done with much fanfare – a whole procession of people come in and a band plays and they say lots of things in German.. and suddenly, there’s beer (: We stayed there for most of the first day, and after a 3 steins (litres) of beer, I was feeling pretty toasty.
The next day, I opted to give my liver a short respite and didn’t head to the beer halls straight away. Instead, I talked a few ppl (which ended up being everyone) to head to Munich town centre to have a look. We manasged to get to Marienplatz in time to see the glockenspiel thing at noon… that was pretty cool. We also headed to the Ratskeller – according to my friends this is a pretty famous restaurant in Munich. I couldn’t resist trying the Lowenbrau oktoberfest bier:
We headed back to the beer halls after lunch and found tables outside. My friends taught me to play the drinking game “Kings”… this was a bad bad bad idea – I completely lost count of how much beer I drank after two games. Later on, we headed inside the beer hall… they had music going and for the second day in a row, I found myself dancing on the tables – drinking beer and shotting jager. This was not a good idea, seeing as I hadn’t fully recovered from the previous day. And so, for the third time in my life – I threw up thanks to excessive alcohol intake. But hey, if you’re going to throw up due to excessive drinking – oktoberfest is the place to do it.
And if I hadn’t gone outside, we wouldn’t have seen this awesome sign:
And that’s what they were serving – cow in a bun (;
Looking back, I’m surprised that there wasn’t more fanfare considering it was the 200th year of oktoberfest. (Blind dumb luck on my part for picking this year to go :P). I did meet a german girl around my age and she was heaps surprised that I had travelled all the way from Australia to attend oktoberfest as it is “normal” for them. Getting back to London, we spent a day recovering. I can honestly say that after 6+ litres of beer over the weekend, I am well and truly sick of beer (for now).
I haven’t planned any of my time in London, so it’s been a bit of a mish mash trying to decide what to do. I decided to go to Wimbledon on Tuesday as it’s fairly close to get to from my friend’s place. I did a tour of the grounds and checked out the museum and now know a lot more about tennis than I ever intended to. I’ve also finally worked out the bus/tube/train connections after hopping on the wrong bus on the first day.