Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany

Oktoberfest - One of many tents

Oktoberfest – One of many tents

You know you’ve had a good night when you wake up the next day with unexplained bruises and sores throughout your entire body. One word…Oktoberfest. Good god do the Germans know how to party.

How the Germans do breakfast

How the Germans do breakfast

On our 2nd night, we decided to go all out. I bought a drindl and was ready to do Oktoberfest the proper way. I managed to put down 2.5 liters of beer! 2.5! I don’t even know where it all went. By the 3rd beer, I just started pouring it down people’s mouths (read: shirts because a majority of it ended up on their shirts). It’s a great way to avoid drinking and people will love you for giving them alcohol. Win, win.

Night time for Oktoberfest is the best. The tents are filled with thousands of people dancing on top of tables, chanting German songs, and drinking beer like it’s water. Everyone is so friendly and so happy that it was easy for us to find a group of people to hang out with. They invited us to join them at their tables, and it was pretty much an epic night from there.

The end of the night at Paulaner Tent

Paulaner Tent

German food is quite heavy. Roasted pork, sausages, sauerkraut, and dumplings. Add that on top of all of the beers that we’ve been consuming, I probably gained 15 lbs on this trip alone. I am craving so badly for a huge bowl of salad right now.

Roasted Pork

Roasted Pork

Meatloaf with fried eggs at

Meatloaf with fried eggs

We walked to the English Garden to check out the biergarten there. It was a nice day to be outside and warm for once! We ordered some food and drinks and sat in the warm sun enjoying the orchestra playing from the Chinese Tower.

English Garden - Chinese Tower

English Garden – Chinese Tower

Today I woke up feeling anything but German food. I needed something to cure me from the Oktoberfest hangover. I hopped on to Yelp and found a Ramen place with 4.5 stars and 60 reviews. That was good enough in my book! Ramen, oh so good. Every bite of it.

Ramen!

Takumi – Tan tan Ramen.

Tomorrow we head home back to good old San Francisco, but I have a feeling that this is not the last time I see Oktoberfest in Munich.

Prost!

Marienplatz

Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

Prague

View of Prague from the Clock Tower

View of Prague from the Clock Tower

We made it to Prague alive!

13 hours of flying was oh so worth it for a sight like this just blocks from where we’re staying. We got in at around 6pm and my friend arrived from London at around midnight. As soon as he arrived, we dropped off his bags and headed straight to the bars to celebrate the start of an unforgettable weekend.

Old Square

Old Square

Highlights:

Harley’s: We ended up at Harley’s which ironically is the most American bar that I’ve ever been to in my entire life. Harley’s is the European’s stereotype of what American culture is. Posters of Ozzy Osbourne, Harley Davidsons, and the Marlboro logo scattered across the walls while rock and roll music blared loudly in the background.

To New Friends: We met some of the most amazing locals at Harley’s. B52. It’s what brought us together and perhaps almost nearly killed us all the next day due to the terrible hangovers…but all so worth it for an unforgettable night that ended in table top dancing, drinking fire lit shots, and then meeting up again the next day to eat and drink some more. SO. Good.

The best of Prague

The best of Prague

Go Away Rain: The rain decided to pour down on us tonight. My shoes also decided to fall apart on me so I’m just walking around in sandals the entire time. I can’t even feel my feet anymore.

There’s something so hauntingly beautiful about running across the Charles bridge that you almost forget about being drenched in the cold rain.

Charles Bridge in the pouring rain

Charles Bridge in the pouring rain

Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge

Before Sunrise: We got up before sunrise to catch a glimpse of the bridge one last time. Free from tourists with just the sound of the river below and the sun rising in the quiet cold morning air.

Before sunrise

Before sunrise

Tomorrow we head to Munich for Oktoberfest!

Well Eff You Too!

Get me out asap

Get me out asap

My life decided to sign up for a sitcom this week. Some of it is too soon to even write about. I’m crying and laughing all at the same time. Anyway, today I’m officially checked out. Also, who the hell uses Internet Explorer anymore? I spent over an hour at Staples this morning trying to print out the directions from the airport to our airbnb space. The formatting was all wrong, the printer had a flashing red alert light, and even the clerk was having a meltdown because she had like 10 people in line waiting to print stuff. I wanted to pick up the computer and throw it on the ground. Pretty much like this…

A bird then decides to take a shit on my head.

Great! GREAT!!! Well…EFF you too!

Whoever said that a bird shitting on your head is good luck has been shat (<- yes, shat is the past tense version of shit) on one too many times. Anything else you want to throw at me universe? Showered again. Twice in an hour. At least, I’m squeaky clean.

I’m ready to start vacation. I’m out.

Prague and Munich bound…see you in a week.

SF + Austin + NY –> Toronto!

View from our condo

View from our condo

We just arrived in Toronto and it’s officially my first time touching Canadian ground! I nearly forgot my passport and so did a couple of my other friends. No one seems to think that Canada is another country. We’re here for the big TIFF event which means movie watching all day long and maybe (ok, most likely) drinking all night long. Super excited that TIFF is bringing friends from Austin, SF, and NY all to one place! I have the sudden urge to add ‘eh’ to just ‘aboot’ everything.

TIFF

TIFF

Waiting for the screening of Wild

Waiting for the screening of Wild

On another note, I’ve had two people tell me to enjoy my time in T-dot. I had to Urban Dictionary this. This is my go-to website for all the lingo that young kids use nowadays. #Ifeelold Can I even hashtag a blog article? No, probably not.

Biking

Biking

St. Lawrence Market

St. Lawrence Market

Food. I tried poutine for the first time! The main ingredients are french fries, gravy, and cheese curd but you can get creative and add in a whole mess of other things. My favorite was the peppercorn steak poutine. Either it was the best french fries of my life or alcohol just makes everything tastes that much better.

Late night poutine grub

Late night poutine grub

My friend also recommended that we tried Peameal bacon sandwiches. It’s a disappointment when you realize that Canadian bacon is not really the crispy fried goodness that we call bacon back home in the states. I’m still a fan of real bacon. Canadian bacon should just be called ham.

Peameal

Peameal

Canadian Bacon sandwich - should really be ham

Canadian Bacon sandwich

This is my idea of a light snack. They all laughed at me, but no one was complaining when they were dipping the goodness in melted butter. I know…I’m ridiculous really but it was so cheap! $10 for a whole lobster. I’d snack on that any day.

My idea of a light snack.

My idea of a light snack.