Fifteen years ago, I had the good fortune of going to one of Europe's booziest cities at the peak of its drinky drunkenness. More specifically, that would be Munich on the opening day of Oktoberfest. From the moment the first keg was ceremoniously tapped (noon-ish?) until the wee hours of that evening, my friend Michelle and I swung heavy tankards to and fro, all whilst becoming increasingly proficient in the art of German drinking songs. As we stumbled from tent to tent, I remember trying to find something non-meatlike that I could eat. The sole menu item available to me was the giant pretzel. I must have had at least a half dozen in a misguided attempt to somehow soak up all the alcohol that was coursing through my system.
That day was as messy as it was fun. Falling asleep on the train and ending up in the wrong part of the country the next day...not so much. But we survived it and had a story to tell...but not a single non-ale related photo to show for our time in Munich. We were so focused on all things Oktoberfest that we completely neglected the rest of the city.