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Oktoberfest Preparations

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With the 178th Munich Oktoberfest well under way and our inaugural trip to the world’s largest fair approaching in just 3 days, it’s time to ensure that we are in top form.  In fact I have actually been working out now for this precise moment for a number of years to make sure I am in tip-top shape before we get there.

Outfit:

First things first is making sure we look good. Tracht meaning “traditional attire” for either women or men and for men basically consists of traditional knee length leather lederhosen’s (shorts), braces/suspenders, white socks and a pointy hat.  For women it usually consists of a short-sleeved blouse, traditional dress/skirt, and a pinafore.

Considering that a traditional pair of lederhosen’s would set me back over a $200 we decided to go with the tacky, cheap and nasty version and buy a set online from one of those terrible costume stores. I am still waiting for them to show up in the mail this week so I cannot preview them here unfortunately. Hopefully everyone will be too boozed to notice how ridiculous we look.

Adela has also had her fair share of trouble finding an outfit. All the tacky, cheap and nasty online versions make her look like a low-paid hooker. However, she settled on one as well so will see what shows up!

Money:

With a stein of beer (1 litre) costing around $9 its going to get costly pretty quickly.  However, since the beer is usually above 5% then we are guaranteed to get smashed (if we feel inclined) quickly.  My goal is to NOT get too drunk, not sure how many times I have said that before, so going to budget between 50 – 60 Euro’s a day.  This should cover me for a couple of steins, as well as the traditional Oktoberfest food of meat with enough left over for emergencies such as another stein or two.

Crowd Control:

6 million visitors crowd in to Munich every year for 16 days of beautiful beer drinking mayhem. With only a limited number of beer tents actually having seats that are not reserved we have been told that the tents will be closed to entry by lunchtime most days with the weekends obviously being busier. Luckily we arrive first thing on Thursday so will head straight to the tents to hopefully grab a table.  Depending on how our head feels each morning we will try to head down around 10am to secure some seats.

Failing our plan above I have heard all the beer gardens are awesome as well. Note to self, don’t ride the merry-go-round or chair-o-plane after spending the day in the beer tents.

Arm Strengthening:

I cannot wait to see the Thor like strength of the serving girls at Oktoberfest. From the stories I have heard, they sound like a mythical being or legendary creature, much like a fairy apart from they don’t have wings and they can carry copious amounts of beer steins in each hand. Actually nothing like fairies then.

To make sure that I impress these serving girls I have been in training to ensure that I can lift my 1 litre Masskrug (beer stein) with ease to my mouth. This will also stop any spilling of the golden nectar all over my hideous imitation lederhosen’s. For the last 3 weeks I have been wandering around our flat with a 2 litre jug in my left hand (my drinking hand) making sure that I constantly spin around and bump into everything. I have become quite adept at not spilling any liquid although our flatmates were starting to get quite annoyed at the mess.

Music and Traditional Songs:

The final part of our training has been to practice our traditional Oktoberfest songs. Considering I am no Adele (not to be confused with Adela) this has not been easy. In fact considering that I don’t even speak a word of German this has been nigh on impossible. However, I will persist and for some reason I sound so much better when I am drunk…

In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus

In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus: Eins, zwei, … g’suffa!
Da läuft so manches Fäßchen aus: Eins, zwei, … g’suffa!
Da hat so manche braver Mann: Eins, zwei, … g’suffa!
Gezeigt was er so vertragen kann
Schon früh am Morgen fing er an
Und spät am Abend kam er heraus
So schön ist’s im Hofbräuhaus.

Apparently in English this roughly translates to:

In Munich stands a Hofbräuhaus: one, two … cheers!
There run out so many steins: one, two … cheers!
There are so many brave men: one, two … cheers!
Show what he can endure
Already early in the morning he begins
And late at night he comes out
So beautiful it is in the Hofbräuhaus!

Now that the hour is nearly upon us I feel that our training and preparations will pay off and we will fit in just perfectly. In fact I have a feeling that we will fit in so well that we will more than likely be invited back next year to tap the first keg and folk songs will be sung in our honour. I expect future Oktober-ites will flock to this website just to discover how we achieved such greatness.

Realistically I just hope to not make a fool of myself by falling asleep with my head on the table or on a large Bavarian man’s shoulder.

If you have any other tips or want to share your own Oktoberfest experiences in the comments then that would be greatly appreciated.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Julie - The Fairy Trails

    September 26, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    How about hitting on a waitress, while singing the folk songs from atop the chair-o-plane, without spilling your beer that you managed to get for free by wearing the tackiest, cheapest and nastiest version of the outfit?? 😀

  2. Christy @ Ordinary Traveler

    September 27, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    I think it’s hilarious that you have been practicing for this. Even though I love beer, I have never really had the desire to go to Oktoberfest. It sounds like a lot of drunk people annoying me. Maybe I just don’t know what I am missing. 🙂

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      September 28, 2011 at 7:45 AM

      Practice makes perfect Christy haha. I am pretty sure a lot of it is drunk people but have heard the locals treat it with a lot more respect and that its a real family affair. Hopefully we get a table with some locals rather than just in a tent full of drunk foreigners like ourselves!

  3. Nomadic Samuel

    September 28, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Oktoberfest is a brilliant event. I experienced my first one in Chicago of all places before I went backpacking in Asia last year.

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      September 28, 2011 at 7:42 AM

      We can’t wait. Costumes arriving today so will have to see what they look like haha. Hopefully its as good as everyone says it is!

  4. Emmy DE

    October 16, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Munich is fantastic! Enjoy your trip through europe. Have fun 😉

    • Emmy DE

      October 16, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Sorry just registered that it was in 2011 lol

      • Rebecca Barlow

        October 18, 2014 at 12:23 AM

        Thanks Emma! Cole wrote this blog during his travels and has now returned to NZ. However, Moss and I are currently travelling in Europe and recently went to Oktoberfest, which does make it confusing 🙂

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hiking Adventures in Bryce Canyon National Park

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

This park hosts hike lovers from time to time and people even come from other countries in the world to experience the wonder of this park. The landscape and beautiful trails make this a choice venue. There is a rental service at this location if you love to stay behind.

You can enjoy the priceless glimpse of the sunrise and sunset from the different landscape. The part also permits visitors to create traditional camps at different locations for a more adventurous experience.

There are a couple of trails that you can choose from for your hiking adventure, and no matter your level of experience in hiking, you will find a track that matches your taste. Even if you are totally new to hiking, there is something for you at the Bryce Canyon National Park . Below is a list of some of the trails to try when you take a trip to this park.

The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

Walking this route involves a visit to the Silent City, which is an aesthetic combination of limestone and urban expansion. During the hike, you will also walk through Wall Street, which happens to be a distinctive attraction at the Bryce Canyon park. You won’t ever want to miss the narrow walls. From this point, you may decide to go back to the sunset point or take other shorter hikes like the Peekaboo loop trail and Queen garden trail. Both routes are challenging and adventurous, but you will enjoy every bit of the challenge. After you have done this, you can then go ahead to have some fun in a $5 minimum deposit casino.

Mossy Cave Trail

This Trail presents an entirely different sight than the one that we have previously mentioned. From this trail, you will be able to catch the view of the towers in the park nearby without descending to the amphitheater. This hiking course begins at approximately 4 miles from the entrance to the Bryce Canyon park. However, if you visit this park and would like to enjoy something completely different from the other common tracks, then this is an exciting hiking trail for you to try.

Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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Walking the Camino de Santiago Photos

These are my favourite Camino de Santiago Photos from my pilgrimage along the French Way in March. A truly beautiful way to spend a few weeks.

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Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

El Camino de Santiago kicked my ass. Well technically it kicked my feet. Turns out my minimal preparation for the Camino de Santiago was terrible. After a miserable effort of only 4 days, the doctor in Legrono told me that I wasn’t allowed to go on until me feet healed. I had walked just over 100 km’s and my feet were bloodied and blistered.

To be honest, I was relieved.

The thought of putting back on my shoes made my shudder. For the last 9 km’s I had stumbled along in jandals and socks. One of the travelling fashion sins I vowed I would never break.

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

Jandals on the Camino de Santiago

So while I have unfinished business with the Way of St James (an upcoming post), I did want to share with you some of my favourite photos from the Camino de Santiago. Because I had yet to reach some of the more “unsavoury” parts of the Camino that Sherry Ott had discovered, every step of my pilgrimage had been beautiful.

Puenta La Reina Bridge Camino Arrow

Puenta La Reina Bridge – Camino de Santiago Arrows

There is no way you can get lost on the Camino de Santiago. Arrows, scallop shells and signs point you in the right direction at every bridge, road crossing and intersection.

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Camino de Santiago Scallop Shell

Reaching the top of Alto Pedron gave views back the way I had come from Pamplona, as well as views to where I was going. The rocky path on the way down proved to be my ultimate downfall, as my too small shoes caused my toes to smash into the front.

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Alto del Pedron Camino de Santiago

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

Metal Pilgrims on Alto del Pedron

There were so many beautiful old churches along the Camino de Santiago. But since I was walking in early March, it seemed that most were yet to open for the busier summer season.

Church of Obanos

The Church of Obanos

And between every small village the well-maintained pathways of the French Way wound across the spectacular Spanish countryside.

The French Way - Camino de Santiago

The French Way – Camino de Santiago Photos

Puenta La Reina

Puenta La Reina in the evening

Puenta La Reina has one of the most amazing bridges I have ever seen. It was also the 1st village I had the pleasure of sleeping in after busy Pamplona.

Puenta la Reina Bridge and Sunrise

Puenta la Reina Bridge at sunrise

Most mornings I was up and walking before the sun began to sprinkle across the horizon.

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Spring flowers on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Pilgrims approaching Cirauqui, Spain

Every village and town was built on a small hill. Sure it looks beautiful until you realise you have to go back up again to go through them all!

Church of Santa Maria - Los Arcos

Church of Santa Maria in Los Arcos

While there were only about 20 pilgrims walking each section every day, it wasn’t uncommon for you to encounter them all. The people I met along the Camino de Santiago were some of the most inspiring and remarkable people I have ever spoken to. They are the ones that make the pilrgimage so special.

The endless French Way

The endless French Way

Irache Wine Fountain - Fuente del Vino

The free flowing Irache Wine Fountain or “Fuente del Vino”

Hay bales along the French Way

Hay bales along the French Way

Every village had at least one ancient church and it wasn’t uncommon to find them dotting the landscape in remote locations either.

Ermita de San Miguel

Ermita de San Miguel

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

Iglesia de San Andrés de Zariquiegui Church

I have travelled through Spain in the past, including cycling in Costa Brava and surfing in San Sebastian with both independent planning and a vacation planner. But having the opportunity to walk at my own pace through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain on the Camino de Santiago has so far topped them all.

Natural arches - Camino de Santiago

Natural arches on the Camino de Santiago

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