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Beerfest/Going back to Cali

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Day 10 - A day to forget.

I woke up @ 6am in Athens and headed to the airport via the metro. Arrived and checked in for my 9:45am flight. The flight was delayed until 11:00am and then til 12pm. Then the flight was cancelled. At that point there were no more flights to Munich. Thanks to the slow response time by my friends at Olympic airways to took 2 hours to get re-routed. My options were to stay the night in Athens and get on a flight the next morning or take a flight to Brussels wait there for 6 hours and then fly to Munich putting me in Munich around 2am. I choose instead to fly to Frankfurt and take the train. So they switched me to Frankfurt and of course that flight was delayed. Also no one told me that the flight went to Thessalonki first. So I had a layover there. I finally reached Frankfurt and made it to the train station. I jump on a tain that I thought was headed to Munich. It wasn't it was going to Basel Switzerland. I got off the train in Manheim, Germany. I barely got on the last train to Munich. I arrived in the train station @ 11:45pm. When I got to my hotel to my surprise Scott was at the hotel bar waiting. A long day, but I made it. In summary 17 hours of travel, 3 flight delays, 1 flight cancelled, two trains, and one really good tasting beer.

Day 11 - Oktoberfest
We got up and headed to Oktoberfest earlier @ 10am. They don't start serving beer until 12pm. There was supposed to be 500,000 people there and I believe it. In addition to beer there are all kinds of rides, carnival games, and parades. Its also an event that families go to. We entered the first tent we say and got a seat. We waited until about 11:30am. We found out that someone we had entered the only wine tent. They served beer but not in liters, this was not going to work. We attempted to find another seat for 2-hours with zero success. So we left the Oktoberfest grounds and went to a nearby Beirgarten. There we ate and had a couple of Liters. We headed back and were able to find a seat with some guys from Chile. We stayed there late and stumbled home. Good times.

Entrance to park
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2:30pm ish morning crowd headed home
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Scott and I
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Lowenbrau Tent
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Day 12- Hangover Day
We slept in and went back. Between the two of this we pieced together most of the night before. Went back to Oktoberfest and bought souvneirs. I went with Scott to the train station and saw him off. Since it's Sunday most of the town is closed. I went on a walking tour and took some photos. Up tomorrow for the train back to Zurich then home on Tuesday.

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Posted by rshotwell 11:57 Archived in Germany

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