This weekend a few friends and I went to Frühlingsfest in Munich. Frühlingsfest is basically the springtime (and slightly smaller) version of Oktoberfest, and it was an amazing experience.

I know I already talked about my Dirndl last post, but here are some better pictures of my and the other girls wearing them. Plus one of the guys wearing their Lederhosen. We were super proud of how great we looked, especially since we could tell that a lot of women were wearing the same handful of Dirndls that were clearly from tourist shops or department stores.

Frühlingsfest was more more like a carnival than I expected. There were a lot of rides and games, and there were children everywhere. We ended up finding a huge tent called the Hippodrom, where we could buy beers for 9.50. They were each a full liter. At first, we sat and drank and hung out, but at about 5:00, the staff kicked everyone out of the tent to make room for the VIPs who had reserved tables for the night. Luckily, we met some nice Germans, who hide in a corner so that we could stay.

Once all the reserved tables were filled up, we managed to find one that was empty, where we stayed for the rest of the night, hanging out with some Germans, Americans, and various other people we had met. It was so much fun, and we got to dance a lot to some great German music.

I had expected Frühlingsfest to be more of a beer festival than a carnival, so it was a pleasant surprise how relaxed and family-friendly it was. Everybody was very nice and open, so we got to meet some new friends.

Also, the event was very touristy (although not as much as Oktoberfest from what I hear), so we impressed everyone by speaking German. Shouting in German was a great way to make our way through crowds of American tourists, who moved right out of our way. I even heard a few call us Germans, which made me feel very proud of my language abilities.


Türkisch für Anfänger

I don’t know if any of you are looking for a German tv show recommendation, but let me just tell you about the glory that is Türkisch für Anfänger. The title translates to Turkish for beginners. It is basically the German Brady Bunch, and I am hooked. Basically, a German woman and her two kids move in with her Turkish boyfriend and his two kids. Lena, the German daughter, is the main character, and she hates her new life. There’s drama, there’s romance, there’s family, there’s friendship, there’s angsty teenagers, there’s an excessive amount of throwing oneself on a bed crying, borderline incest (they’re step-siblings, but still). You’ll love it. It’s on youtube, watch it.

I’ve also learned a lot of German words from this show. Bescheuert, ständig, feigling, pass auf, all sorts of new words and phrases. In other words, this show is educational, and I should feel no guilt for binging it.

I can’t figure out why Nils isn’t in this picture I found, but I couldn’t find a better one. I don’t know why he’s always overlooked; he’s the only kid who wants to be a happy family. But apparently he’s going to leave the show(?), I don’t know I’m not that far yet.