Saturday, October 03, 2009

The Quiet

Following the chaos of the morning, both girls were understandably needing a bit of quiet time, so lunch was a rather low key affair & led to a few fun photo opportunities…

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Oktoberfest from Above

A few last views of the girls on the carousel & some views of the grounds from the Ferris Wheel.  By the time we hit the top the crowds were amazing!

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We needed a real lunch though, so we left & headed for our favorite local beer garden, the Park Cafe.

Family Day at Oktoberfest

Both Tuesdays during the Oktoberfest are the official “family” days, which works great with the German school system (where the kids don’t start until they are 6, and even then only go to school until noon until they are 10, when they are tested & tracked as to where they will end up in life – a University & beyond student, a technical school graduate, or a high school graduate.  Seriously – at 10 YEARS OLD!!!)  Sorry for the digression, anyway, family day doesn’t really work with our family schedule, so we went Saturday morning.  The last weekend.  Crazy, and a bit dumb, but Sophia was dying to go (really they are trying to make it more family friendly & a lot of her friends had already gone).  So we all dressed up, and spent the morning at the Wies’n.  IMG_0008

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the “fun house” which didn’t last very long (loud noises of air are very scary…)IMG_0015

And the Giant Ferris Wheel – our favorite because we all were able to go.IMG_0014 IMG_7359 By noon most of the tents were closed due to over capacity, and we needed to get out of there, so we wandered back to our stroller** and left for this year.  But it was fun while it lasted!


** Side note on the stroller.  Strollers are not allowed on the Wies’n grounds on weekends or holidays.  Understandable, however we were stuck with a stroller at the entrance that we then had to put somewhere.  The very kindly police officer directed us to the “checked luggage” area, which opened at 11am.  Not very helpful when you are there at 10:15am.  Right next to the “hold area”, was a children’s play park where there were a number of unoccupied strollers at random locations.  We bit the bullet, figured we’ve gotten 5 good years out of this stroller & pushed it next to the bushes.  90 min later we returned to find our stroller in the same place, and at least 30 other strollers lined up perfectly behind it…  We were obviously not the only ones caught unaware.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Learning to feed thy self…

Eating, it's always messy business, but the art of feeding ones’ self, is an art.  Figuring out how to get the spoon into your mouth when you can’t see your mouth, or the tip of the spoon at that point, is really difficult.  Alexandra is facing those challenges head on, and using what ever tools work…  To some degree of success, and plenty of failure at this point.

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Bavarian Day at School

Traditional Tracht was requested for dress at school for Sophia today, which meant that we didn’t have to figure out what she was wearing this morning!! Sept 09 (3) Sept 09 (17) Sept 09 (18)

All the kids looked so cute, and so much fun to see the whole school in traditional dress.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Oktoberfest 2009 - The Video

Well, it just wouldn't be modern travel adventures without Video... The noise in the tents is just amazing! Mostly American songs the first night, and a good mix the second (John Denver and the Time Warp in between Nina & 99 Luft Balloons). Not too incriminating I hope!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Oktoberfest 2009 – 2nd night, the end…

Just a few last memories before I post the VIDEO!!!!

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Oktoberfest 2009 – 2nd night, early!

I can’t believe we made it back for another night!  Tonight we were in the Paulaner Tent (with the giant spinning beer on top of the tent), and what a spread they put on.  We were in a side box off the main floor, surrounded by tables from one of the world wide accounting firms (boy could they party).  Most people in the tent were in tracht, and it was so much fun to be there with friends looking to just have a good time.  The beer flowed, the food arrived almost immediately after we sat down, and it just got better from there.

Thanks to you all who were there for making it such a fun night!

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(I think Troy needs a vest!)

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