25 September 2012

Oktoberfest, jawohl

A friend of mine is going to the Oktoberfest in Theresienwiese (Wiesn), Munchen and so here is some information on what Oktoberfest is all about.

First of all, for those who are unfamiliar with this...ganz losgehen...Oktoberfest or Die Wiesn is an annual celebration in Germany embracing beer, life and...beer.

It all started in 1810 when crown Prince Ludwig, later King Ludwig I, married the Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen on the 12th of October. The lovely Munich citizens were invited to take part of the festivities and the fields where it took place were named Theresienwiese (‘Theresa's meadow’). Horse races took place and then they eventually became annual which created the Oktoberfest to be annual as well. The horse races lasted until 1960 ‘cause who gives a shit about a horse race when you’re seeing pink elephants, but the sweet Oktoberfest remained.

The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during sixteen days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). And I am so wikipading my ass right now....

Anyhooters they say, but I don’t think it’s true, that large quantities of beer (of minimum 6%) are consumed during these days but you know, people exaggerate J I think people also drink wine…

What to expect when you’re there next Saturday? Well:

11.00 a.m.
Arrival of the tent patrons with parade through Munich.
12.00 p.m.
Tapping of the first Octoberfest-beer-barrel by the Munich mayor in the Schottenhamel Tent. No one drinks beer until this hottie says GO!
10.00 a.m.
Traditional costume parade through Munich.
09.00 a.m.

12.00 p.m.
Oktoberfest tour for 1200 preschool children, invited by the City of Munich, the performers and the hosts. So if you don’t like children, beware!

Special lunch for senior citizens in the big tents…No comment…or should I…no....

By the way if you hear someone screaming follow the M√ľnchner Kindl. Don’t worry, it’s all right. It means "Munich child", the symbol on the coat of arms of the city Munich. He’s the one leading the march so it is best to follow him indeed.
The costumes will be very exciting. The men wear Lederhose, showing off their sexy legs and perhaps, if lucky you can take a glimpse at their Weisswurst J

The women wear Dirndl, pardon my German. A Dirndl is a traditional dress consisting of bodice, blouse, full skirt and apron. But usually you will notice the melons popping out here and there, everywhere. By the way if you’re looking for a flirt then be aware, where the bow or knot is located signifies a lady’s marital status. A bow on the left indicates being single, a bow on the right means she is married, engaged, or taken, a bow in the front/middle indicates a virgin, while a bow tied on the back means she is widowed. Gonna be looking out for the bow in the middle huh?
And now some practical shit, the prices for one liter of beer will be about € 10,00. I know but Oktoberfest is serious business. For the smokers out there, smoking is still allowed in the festival tents but only in special areas. There are 1,800 available but don’t be surprised if they’re all taken, so carry a bag at all times. Because of numerous injuries from…’scrapes to deep cuts from broken glass’…yeah right, no more glass-bottles are allowed at the Oktoberfest any more. This year people will try to cut themselves with plastic cups J If you ever wanted to experience an exorcism or visit a haunted…toilet, Edmund Heckl’s Shocker is the right place to go. Seven new rooms wait for courageous visitors or someone looking for a toilet.

And here are some important numbers:

Got a smashed head or are you in a coma?
+49 (0)89 50 22 24 24
You accidentally set someone on fire?
Someone just stole your pipi bag?
Someone stole your pipi bag at the Oktoberfest?
+49 (0)89 500 32 20
Lost your boyfriend and Found a new one?
+49 (0)89 233 82 825
Lost boyfriend and Found new one at the Oktoberfest?
+49 (0)89 233 96 045
Wanna check if you missed your flight (too drunk to leave)
? +49 (0)89 97 52 13 13
Can’t walk so need a cab?
+49 (0)89 21 61 0
You wanna be on the news?
+49 (0)89 233 30 211

No but seriously, it’s going to be fun. For all of you out there going to the Oktoberfest, enjoy the beautiful tradition, the crazy beer oceans and share the German hospitality with whoever you are. 

Jetzt kann’s losgehen!

11 September 2012


Has it been that long? I realize I haven't posted in a while and that we are in the month September now...how did time fly so fast? I had the feeling Eye was getting ready for the summer and here we are, winter again. Well, first autumn but in Holland I just call it winter already. It's time for the movies, tv shows and computer games to make their way through my life again. Though my eyes still aren't coping that well with intensive activities. Oh well, it could have been worse. Know that expression 'no matter how bad you feel it can always get worse?' Fuck that expression. Who came up with it? We gotta change it, anyone any bright ideas?

So, I ain't here to depress you guys. We gotta make something out of the dark months coming ahead. I mean...YOLO. Anyone know this shit? YOLO = you only live once. What a great smart thing to say. 'Hey man, I fucked up.' 'Well bro, go out have fun, yolo.' 'Hey honey, I just shoved an axe in our neighbour's head.' 'Oh darling, yolo.' Who the fuck came up with this YOLO crap?  I say KMA.

Anyhooters...moving on to the highlights of my past few weeks: came back from Romania, great time, nice weather, went too fast etc. etc. Went to see Nickelback last Sunday and I loved them (I will forgive them for hanging out with Avril Lavigne) and Daughtry was the opening act so I screamed, jumped and danced my ass off. Saw the movie, 'Ted'. I recommend it to everyone. I love a teddybear who swears, gets high and beats up Marky Mark. But seriously, it was great so go and watch it...oh and get a teddybear and make a wish for it to come alive. I did that last night so I am still waiting for it to walk in the room any moment now...Moving on...still busy with the last changes in my book and I will proudly present it to you...so very sooooonnnn....;). And went to a book convension where my heaven awaited with oh so many books to buy. Got me a couple of course and they will be standing in line to be read...maybe my teddy can help me...

And looking at the next months I will be checking out the Elffantasy fair (it's dorkish but hey, yolo).  I'll stop by the Kamasutra convension...hope the teddy will come to live 'till then so I can take him with me and enjoy his filthy comments. Gotta get prepared for Halloween. No, no, no not like last year, http://www.niguanta.blogspot.nl/2011/10/my-fist-halloween-in-holland-and-it-was.html this year I will keep the doors closed and will decorate the house in a blood gushing, guts hanging 'ambiance' and get lots of booze and horror movies and invite some friends over...their teddy's are also welcome. I might check out Germany for a weekend, see what they've been up to and plan some cool trips for next year. I know it doesn't sound much but we'll make up some new cool activities as we go along.

Hope all of you are doing well and if the dark times are making you feel like shit, plan some nice things the next months and get in that 'I can see my guts falling down the floor' mood for the oh so wonderful Halloween. And don't forget...yolo...

ps: My teddybear just came to life and he said: fuck YOLO! (just the expression, not Yolo County, California)