Apologies for the brief interlude. With less than 2.5 weeks to go now (hopefully) before the arrival of Small Person no. 3, I find myself obsessed with two things only – sleeping and cleaning.
Being the size of a barrage balloon does have it’s advantages however, dictating what the baby absolutely needs to eat at that precise moment in time for example (he or she currently has a bit of a thing for ice-cream which is always nice) and not being able to do various hated household chores (which is always a bonus).
Sadly, with the advantages, come the disadvantages too, and along with not being able to get up too quickly without fear of blacking out, not remembering what my feet look like, and trying not to worry myself sick about giving birth in a “foreign” hospital – for the first time since we moved here I find myself contemplating an Oktoberfest free year. For yes, frighteningly it is already that time of year again!
Saturday sees the first of the traditional opening parades, and Mr R’s first table invitation. I am just hoping that he doesn’t make the same “accidental standing on a bench with a bier in hand mistake” as he did last year, as I won’t be there to supervise!
As I cant go, I thought I would put together a little round up of past visits to give you some idea of what it’s actually like if you haven’t been, and just exactly what I will be missing out on *Sob*.
The proceedings start at 11.00 this Saturday with the Grand Entry of Landlords and Breweries with beautifully decorated brewery carts and horses, followed by the staff who will work tirelessly for the next two weeks. Whilst Sunday will feature the massive Costume and Rifleman’s parade, featuring around 8,000 people from all over the place in their very Sunday best.
Here you can read about what it feels like to wear traditional dress that is very much not your own for the very first time (I don’t actually think we Brits have one?) – especially mortifying when you are on your own and your train breaks down while you are wearing it, as detailed in my post My First Oktoberfest back in 2012…
I have written about the fantastic experience that is Oktoberfest in the dark in A Night at the Wiesn 2013 (with pictures that I am not proud of, but am particularly impressed I was able to take at the time!) to the much more beautifully detailed Night at the Wiesn 2014 where I had obviously had a much more sensible evening – which hopefully gives you an insight into the amazing atmosphere of Oktoberfest at night.
Letting you in on a few Oktoberfest Secrets (the Oide Wiesn, where to avoid the tourists, and what not to do in a bier tent) has to be my favourite post of the lot though, and perhaps captures everything that is great about the biggest bier fest in the world.
So if you are going, think of me whilst I am nurturing my ever expanding belly (whilst worrying about whether it’s indeed possible for it to get any bigger) and I will raise a Maß of alkoholfrei bier to you all whilst missing out.
For a good Insider’s Guide to Oktoberfest by a few other Munich bloggers, do pop over to Wimdu where you will find a fine cross-section of views from a good few of us (and a hideous picture of me at the very top!) Prost!