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A Bavarian at Oktoberfest in Brazil and Germany for the second time

I did it again, went to Oktoberfest in Munich and in Blumenau. It got to see many friends there and in São Paulo again.

Munich

The All Day Singing organized by the Sacred Harp group in Munich is always a good occasion not only to sing, but also to go to Oktoberfest. It happens every year on the last weekend of Oktoberfest. Good options to avoid the crowds: Friday afternoon in the section called Oide Wiesn and Sunday morning for Weißwurstfrühstück (white sausage breakfast).

Had some serious fun singing in Munich.
Had some serious fun singing in Munich

Visit the part of Oktoberfest called Oide Wiesn to enjoy a calmer atmosphere and learn about the history of Oktoberfest.

Visit the part of Oktoberfest called Oide Wiesn to enjoy a calmer atmosphere and learn about the history of Oktoberfest.

Traditional music and dancing in Herzkasperlzelt

Traditional music and dancing in Herzkasperlzelt

São Paulo

It was great to see Fernando and Tânia again. I got stuffed with feijão, tapioca and açaí 🙂

I must have eaten about half of the box of açaí (fruit sorbet) during my stay…

Tapioca is the best, if you find the ready made mix somewhere. Pour tapioca starch into the pan, wait a bit and tataaa it becomes a pancake (to be enjoyed with sweet or savory toppings, or just butter). If anybody knows where to get it in Germany let me know, because I found out that it’s actually very difficult and time consuming to make the mix by hand (grate cassava, dry it, grate it again, dry it again… or something like that).

I also discovered some new things in São Paulo thanks to my friend Gustavo:

Free tour to the top of Edificio Copan every day at 3.10pm

Free tour to the top of Edificio Copan every day at 3.10pm

Sesc (near Metro stop República) has a nice café with a map of São Paulo and a water mirror. Also saw an interesting exhibition about the history of São Paulo in Sesc, 5th floor.

Also saw an interesting exhibition about the history of São Paulo in Sesc, 5th floor

Blumenau

Blumenau in the south of Brazil hosts the second biggest Oktoberfest in the world. I went to stay with my host Tatiana from two years ago again. I made the effort to bring my Dirndl along (traditional Bavarian dress). I still can’t compete with Tatiana and her 7 Dirndls though…

Oktoberfest queen

Oktoberfest during the week – not too busy yet

Smoked beer, ok, I like that. But cucumber beer? I didn’t dare to try it.

Got busier later at night

More about Oktoberfest

How do you tie the Dirndl? What’s the difference between Oktoberfest in Munich and in Bumenau?

To read more about the two Oktoberfests see mydetailed post from two years ago

https://badtravelblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/a-bavarian-at-oktoberfest-in-brazil-and-germany-for-the-first-time/

What’s next

This weekend I’ll go to Florianópolis and finally get to use my stand up board that I’ve been dragging along.

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Advent in Bavaria – part 4 (Gut Wolfgangshof, Schloß Guteneck, Munich)

10 days, 11 Christmas markets and 1 film studio later the advent-ure is over and my cupboard is filled with Christmas mugs.

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Advent in Bavaria – part 3 (Lauf, Forchheim)

In the last two days I discovered that Lauf and Forchheim, two towns in the surroundings of Nuremberg, have a very pretty center. I had been there many times, but never actually walked through town.

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Advent in Bavaria – part 2 (Regensburg, Passau, Room 600)

A few Christmas markets, lots of gingerbread and mulled wine later I realize that the advice my brother gave me about mulled wine is true: more than two and a head ache is guaranteed….

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Advent in Bavaria – part 1 (Nürnberg, Bayreuth)

Advent, the quiet time of the year as arrived, and so has Katrina. A good excuse, errr, opportunity to explore Bavaria and its numerous Christmas markets.

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Back to reality

12 months of traveling are over and I’m in Germany. Before the serious stuff starts I thought I’ll use the time and see some friends, so I went to Ireland and to the north of Germany (Hamburg, Lübeck and Berlin), then stayed in Nuremberg for 2 weeks to look for a job and a flat, and took the road again to see friends in France and Germany (Alsace, Paris, Heidelberg and Marburg). Next week I’ll start working…

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Was I safe in Turkey?

I’m just back from two awesome months in Turkey. Some of my friends and relatives have already wondered if I was safe in Turkey before this week’s explosion in Istanbul happened (on the 7th of June 2016). I usually avoid making any comments about ‘general situations’ or politics, but now I kind of feel compelled to say something about it. So here are my thoughts and experiences.

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Last chapter in my Turkey trip: Cappadocia

I have already left Turkey and I’m in Cork now for a bit. Here are some impressions from Cappadocia, the last part of my 4-week trip in May. I guess it wouldn’t be exaggerated to say that out of all the places I’ve been to Cappadocia is the most beautiful and magic one. The landscape is just too unreal, and the thought that some people were crazy enough to carve houses, churches and even whole underground cities out of the rock even more. 

I also wrote a separate post for those who are interested in the question: Was I safe in Turkey?
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Turkish coast trip part 4: Sunken city and Antalya

A bit late, but here are some updates from the last part of my trip along the southern coast of Turkey, Antalya, where I also almost reached the end of my energy, but it’s so worth it. On my way I kayaked over a sunken city at Kekova island, and from Antalya went up to the beautiful ancient mountain city Termessos, chilled out at the beach in Side right next to the ruins, of course not skipping the awesome ruins of Perge. I also couldn’t skip treating myself with a visit to Antalya Aquarium, just because… fish! I couldn’t make it to the eternal flame of Olympus, but oh well, next time.

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