|The picture says it all really|
|Like I said, the tents were huge.|
A number of kiwis we've spoken to back home have been astonished to know that we took Matilda to the event, but she was by no means the only nearly once-year old, let alone the only child there. The thing is, that while beer is definitely a key element of Oktoberfest, the festival has much more to offer. Being the 200th Oktoberfest, there was a section dedicated to München through the ages, but there were also all sorts of carnival rides, and the day we were there featured parades of people in traditional dress playing all sorts of instruments, decorated carriages and horses to boot. Marching in separate groups, there was an incredible mix of colours and sounds, from a group of folk from northern Italy (German speaking Süd Tirol) playing xylophones and triangles to flutists from Austria and more traditional German marching bands from all parts of Bayern.
|The photo doesn't do the group justice, they sounded awesome...|
|...and the paraders looked good too (also note the roller coaster in the background)!|
|And it's not like the waiting staff were giants or anything.|
|Weisswurst, rumour has it brains are a key ingredient|
|Mmmm, gherkin and chilli.|
In true kiwi style though, getting home wasn't straight forward. Callum (a long-time and very good friend from Gisborne) and I managed to get very, very lost on a dark Sunday night, and what should have been a half hour walk home took three trains, a bus, a tram and about two hours. Nevermind, it was a magnificent day eh (even if Sara, and Callum's wife Kat, who went home about three hours before us, were not so amused).
|To sum up, a great day!|