Munich, Verona, Milan, Oh my!

I never thought I’d make my way to the actual Oktoberfest in Germany. It was certainly an experience. For the Texans, just imagine the state fair 12 x on steroids. Food, rides, and lots and lots of beer. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many people in one place, and I’ve been to some very busy cities. We didn’t get to make it into a beer tent. At a 10:30 arrival there were already 30 minute waits to get in. We found our way to a smaller venue and sat next to a nice french couple and their friends. The beer was great and the company entertaining. When the German sing/shout alongs began, it felt like everything you’d imagine coming from Oktoberfest. We walked around taking everything in, and of course I had to get a picture with German dudes dressed in the official Oktoberfest attire. I’d say only 5% of people weren’t dressed. Let me tell you, we looked and felt way out of place. After walking around for a bit at the festival, we took a trip to down town Munich. Took a bus tour like basic tourists and saw the city.
Quite different from America, that’s for sure.The last few hours of our day trip to Germany, we sat around watching locals outside of Oktoberfest. That was a different experience in itself.
For anyone who knows me well, one of my favorite hobbies is people watching. People were drunk off of their asses and it was hilarious. 4 men peeing on a tree at a time, guys and girls passed out on the grass outside of tents, and groups of friends singing aloud huddled in groups. As disgusting as it sounds, my family and I had some good laughs at how ridiculous this place really was. It was surely something to remember.

Saturday we drove to Milan. Didn’t really have much in mind to do except to see the Duomo. It was absolutely breathtaking. It looked more like a backdrop than real life. I’d never seen something so beautiful. We walked, we shopped and my aunt and I enjoyed a bottle of wine. A sweet spot beside the Duomo was the perfect way to end the day.

On the way home from Milan we stopped in Verona, the home of Juliet. Based from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, it was a site to see.  Juliet’s balcony, a wall to write the name of
your loved ones,
and a lock gate to seal forever loved
ones lost and gained. Lucky me, I have someone so special to place upon the wall for
the rest of time <3

Hey Mambo, Mambo Italiano

So its 5:22 p.m. in Aviano,Italy and I’m sipping an early evening glass of wine. It couldn’t be more picturesque and relaxing.

We arrived yesterday morning after a 20 hour travel commute. It’s already well worth the distance and it’s only been one full day. I can’t wait to see what the next two weeks have waiting for me.

I haven’t been to Europe in over 12 years and when I heard the news a year ago that my brother and his wife would be moving here, I knew a trip would be in the near future. And here I am.

The plane ride could have been better. 12 total hours in the air only had four hours of sleep in store for me, but how can I complain with the destination in such a beautiful place.

Aviano is our resting point. An Italian military base city. My brother and his wife live in a house just a few miles from base, facing the mountains. I couldn’t imagine being them and waking up every morning to the view, realizing it is home. I mean seriously, how fortunate are they?

Today was the first full day here and I took it easy with my family. However, there is much more in store in the next two days to come.

I’m going to Munich Germany for the last weekend of Oktoberfest… We hop on a bus at 2:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for a seven hour drive to Munich. I never thought I’d be at the actual Oktoberfest. The closest I’ve gotten was just a few weeks ago when a Samuel Adams marketing employee came to my place of work for some PR fun for our guests. Now that seems like a joke that this is becoming real. I’m excited to see how tomorrow pans out. Maybe I’ll even to rent an outfit to wear so I can fit in with the rest of the crowd. It’s all about fun after all, isn’t it?

Sunday I’m off to Milan. My father and brother are going to a
soccer game in the city, so my aunt and are are going to spend the day touring and of course taking pictures of all that we see. I can’t wait.

I’m so fortunate to have a chance to travel this way. It’s all a bit surreal. Yes, there are many people who travel, but not all have the opportunity. I’m glad I get to share it with people I love.

I’ll be sure to update with pictures of the weekend when I get a chance.

xo-Jena