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Tom and Kyle Take on Germany and the Netherlands

Updated: Jan 28

Who: Tom and Kyle

What: Oktoberfest, Castles, Nude Roman Baths, Genealogy, a Cruise down the Rhine, Amsterdam, Red Light District, Rotterdam

When: September 28 - October 8, 2018

Where: Germany, Amsterdam

Why: Why Not

It took two years of discussion but we finally did it. Kyle had been exploring his ancestry and really wanted to go to Germany and trace his 6-time great grandfather's path to the United States. I thought cool - my family is from Germany - it will be Oktoberfest - so why not. We had a great adventure and along the way discovered our families immigrated from German towns Blankenloch & Vellberg which are only about one 150 km apart!


Kyle and I had traveled together a few times already so we always know we are going to have a good time. We were excited and ready as we arrived in Munich with one thing on our mind - Octoberfest. We wasted no time - checked in to the hotel and then headed over towards the area of Octoberfest. Our intention was to simply use the afternoon learning the U-Ban and how to get around Munich so over the the next few days we could maximize our time. (Note: It was during this time I realized Kyle, despite his innate sense of smell for fun, has absolutely no sense of direction.)


At this point we had no intention of "doing Octoberfest" - that was for the next few days. But as we approached the entrance we were surprised to see there was no entrance fee - just walk on in. So we waded through the throng of people exploring the sights and sounds and walked through several of the beer tents. It was so cool - how each had its own unique theme and vibe. Every place we went each seat was filled with people have a great time.


For those of you who have no idea about Octoberfest - not your local bullshit pub/community park in the U.S. thingy - but the real fucking German deal: IT-IS-MASSIVE. There are over a dozen huge tents sponsored by different German breweries with over 7-million people participating in the festivities. BUT: You cannot get a beer or eat without a seat in one of the tents. We had no tickets - and everything was sold out.


Tom (Introvert): "Well - were fucked."

Kyle (Extrovert): "Dude - give me a minute."


As we wandered through the Paulaner tent filled with thousands of people, we rounded a corner and Kyle spotted a table with a few inches of space at the end. There were a few guys and women dressed in traditional german lederhosen and dirndl having a great time. In 30-seconds Kyle had everyone laughing as they used their best broken english to welcome us to their table. A minute later dirndl dressed women were serving us huge beers and plates of food.




From what I can remember the next several hours went like this:

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great Food

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great Food

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • Great conversation/Beers

  • How are we getting home?

We learned during our time at the table that the brewery sponsoring the tent does not serve just any of their wonderful beers. No. They have a special batch just for Octoberfest. It happens to be high in alcohol and only comes in giant steins. We enjoyed every minute of our time with our new friends and every sip or the beer they brought us.


We managed to find our way back to the U-Ban and head back in the direction of the hotel. It was packed with guys in lederhosen and beautiful women in dirndl. I was using Google maps for directions and when I realized we were at our stop I moved through the crowd and jumped off. As I looked back I could see directionally challenged Kyle standing behind the now closed U-Ban doors staring at me mouthing "WHAT THE FU....!!!" as the train pulled away. Ooops.




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