Back in Europe
This will come as a surprise to many of you but while I was sharing driving duties with 3 other guys I was voted off the island on the German autobahns. But I was vindicated, there was a setting on the car the was making it stall.
An overnight stay in Heidelberg and tomorrow night Oktoberfest. Heidelberg is a quaint little university town with a large castle on the Neckar river. A chap that I am traveling with went to university around here in the 80’s. Great beer and great food. A good start to any vacation.
We ordered a BMW 3 series so now we have a bitching Mercedes shagon wagon. 3 middle age guys , one young guy and a station wagon equals a lot ladies. 200km an hour in a station wagon. That is hauling ass to soccer practice.
The grounds are different than what I thought but not the tents. Grounds are very much like Stampede (but a lot bigger) with lots of rides and tons of carnie food German style. Beer tents are huge with one type of beer being served depending on what company sponsors the tent. Hearty German food and lots and lots of drunk people. Large bands playing German drinking songs and some American songs as well. You make quick friends with your neighbours and lots of laughs. I am traveling with a great crew so that adds to the fun.
And another thing off the bucket list. I always wanted to get drunk and beat up a German midget. While it went the distance I got the decision. It was my patented cock punch that finally took him down.
We wanted to do something else in Munich besides drink so we drove to Dachau and went to the site and memorial for the Dachau concentration camp. And as these places usually do, it illustrates and documents Nazi cruelty. This is the third one that I have been to and they all leave me with a heavy and sick feeling. The cruelty and suffering is almost impossible for me to put into words. It I believed in Hell it would be hard for me to imagine it being worse than what the Nazis came up with. Absolute terror, horror, pain, suffering and trying to rob people of human dignity.