A WARM UP TO OKTOBERFEST
08.09.2007 - 11.09.2007 20 °C
Off to market to buy some traditional Trachten. You can imagine how walking into a shop of floor to ceiling lederhosen was for me as far as my desicion making process was concerned. I tried on so many different colours and sizes and styles and accessories that I thought the staff would throw me out! But I think this was common as the staff seemed used to long decision making from their customers and were even more patient than I! By the time I was ready to say "Yeah, that will do", they were insisting I think about it to make sure I would get the right one and not regret it later. Here's an example of the wrong one.
I went back the next day with some friends who helped me decide and tried on various Trachten themselves. When we finally left I was happy with my purchase of shoes, socks, leather 3/4 length pants, braces and shirt, all for €220! (thankyou Skandal). Alvaro, who came just to look, ended up walking out with his own spiffy new lederhosen as well.
As we both insisted on wearing them out of the store, I suggested that we break them in. It would be a pity, afterall to simply wear them straight home, so we went out for some food then walked into the city and found ourselves at the Augustiner-Grossgaststätte, one of the many traditional beer halls, this one can boast that their beer was brewed here up to 1855! We drank our beers by the maß and met other travelers and locals that were up for a hearty "Prost!".
I joined friends a couple days later for another lederhosen clad night, this time at the world famous Hofbräuhaus!
We had a many a tourist mistake us for a traditional Bavarian guys and take photos of and with us. They were very impressed with our English! I think its safe to say that the lederhosen is warmed up and broken in for the upcoming oktoberfest!