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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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Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

What makes the Middle East such an exciting yacht charter destination?

Dubai: Glamour and shopping

An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.

Abu Dhabi: Art and architecture

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.

Oman: An understated gem

The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.

At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.

Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.

The Kingdom of Bahrain: Home of diving

It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.

Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.

The Red Sea: Reefs, diving and beaches

The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.

Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?

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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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Tips Before Sending Christmas Photo Cards

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Finally, it is that time of the year! You are excited that you can gift shop for your family and friends, and maybe even spend time with them. Sending them a Mixbook Christmas photocard is a unique way of letting them know how much you value and care for them, especially with the Christmas spirit.

Below are some tips to keep in mind before mailing them the photo cards.

Take a Photo-shoot

Nothing beats the joy of a casual and fun family photo-shoot in matching outfits for the holiday season. You can also play around with different fun themes and ideas for your family photo card. For instance, you can have a matching pajama party theme and take amazing photos.

On the other hand, you can also try out a Santa theme photo-shoot, with matching red trousers, complete with the white beard, black boots, and red hats. Have fun while at it! Remember, a high-quality photo with happy faces can spruce up your holiday cards. Plan the shoot in advance to avoid the last-minute rush trying to capture a perfect angle.

Confirm Addresses

It will be sad to go the extra mile, customizing holiday photo cards only for your friends and family not to receive them. Before mailing the photo cards, kindly ensure you have the right address on the envelopes.

Additionally, you can include a mail-back address for your recipients if they need to send one to you. Seal up your envelopes and also include holiday stamps to add a unique style.

Find Your Design

Your Christmas card design plays a significant role in the general outcome of the card. The plan includes different aspects such as size, colors, format, and foil options. You can also play around with different trim options and photo orientations before settling on the final outlook. Mixbook photo cards can help you create suitable, fun, and engaging designs for your loved ones. Plus, you can experiment with different designs.

Return Favors

Have The Joneses been sending you holiday photo cards for the last three years and you haven’t mailed them one? Now it will be a perfect time to return the favor. It’s courteous and mindful of people who appreciate you and your family. Let them know that you also love and think about them.

Be Unique

Many people will send out holiday photo cards. However, what will make yours stand out? Select your photos and incorporate a unique design to complete the look. Additionally, you can also hand write the address of the envelopes with your recipient’s names.

You can also include a special event that happened during the year. Share the moment with your family. Moreover, let every personality in your family stand out in the photo.

Additionally, think of the personalized messages you can send to your family. Think outside the box and let your photo card express what you feel. However, don’t put too much pressure on yourself, ignoring limits of your budget. Be you: that is all that counts in the end.

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