Oktoberfest Impressions

Schottenhamel tentIf there’s one thing Germany, especially Bavaria, is known about, it’s beer (and women). Like every year, right now, thousands, even millions of people from around the world are gathered together to celebrate for 16 days, while drinking beer or eating Hendl.

But what are they even celebrating? On October 12, in 1810, King Ludwig I married the Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen and invited all the citizen of Munich to join the big party. Since then, the Oktoberfest was held year after year, growing larger over the time. (And so did the prices, heh.)
Oktoberfest balloon kitty DSC06520I visited the Oktoberfest, better known as “Wiesn”, last Sunday together with my coworkers.
Super-German as I am, I arrived half an hour too early, so I took the time to take some first pictures and bought an oversized Kitty Balloon. (I had my eyes on these for years and finally did it!)
beer mug decoration Obazda plateAbout an hour later we took our seats inside the Schottenhamel tent, second stand, with view over the large crowd below us.
The second, the music starts playing, it’s nearly impossible to held conversations, but I guess, that’s not even the purpose of this festival.
Drink instead! And then drink even more, hooray!

Well, I am not fond of beer, so I drank a Spezi Maß, an orange-cola softdrink. Seriously, one litre is more than enough. How can people gulb down eight Maß of beer?!
DirndlI like Dirndl, the traditional dresses women wear. They come in different color schemes and price ranges, but if you don’t want to get strangled by some angry Bavarians, please do yourself a favor and don’t buy the cheap plastic glitter-tulle ones. Standard prices range around 100€ (fashion chains like H&M) to 300€ (traditional stores), but like everything, the sky’s the limit if you want to go really overboard.
augustiner bräu tentfigure decorationAfter about 2 hours our time inside was up and we had to leave the reserved tables. A coworker and I took our time to wander around the place for a while, bought some gingerbread hearts and chocolate fruits.
tent decorationAs it were getting darker, we headed back home.

Have some of you been to the Wiesn, too? 
Or do you feel more like fleeing from all the drunken people in the streets?

Either way, have a good time!
See you next time again!

So long, good night.

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Creative Days

graffiti1Currently I am working for an agency near Munich East. When I am walking there from the station I am surrounded by countless graffities in all variations. The creativity these artists put into their pictures is truly astonishing! So much love to detail and abstractation.
graffiti2graffiti3While I think simply scribbles of names (like on the right side of the picture) are a violation of a building or property, I love looking at graffities where artists put a lot of thought or personal meaning behind it.
delicious waffleWhen I met up with a friend at the Central Station last week, there were no way around the new waffle-to-go shop, that had opened a few months ago! If you’re near there, check it out, it’s sooo delicious. They have a small selection of choices, such as waffles with banana, ice-cream, cream and chocolate topping, strawberries, chopped almonds,…
It’s not even that expensive and when you’ve collected enough stamps after a few visits, you get a waffle for free, yay!
nail designAfter almost 4 weeks I also had to renew my fingernails. This time I chose a full cover in glitterish red, with a gold line and a white flower. I think this design fits my personalty the best out of all the designs I had so far.
I never did a fullcover before, simply because the grow-out is a lot easier to notice. But after collecting way too many shades of nailpolish, I think I have a color that fits this shade really well.
radical self love bibleOkay, and here’s some pictures of my current personal project: My Radical Self Love Bible.
I am following Gala Darling for a little more about a year now and her positivity and sparkling is something which inspires me on a nearly daily base. She adds to the things, that helps me to pull myself together, trying new things and growing as a being.

Nevertheless, I can be quite a cheapskate, so I didn’t bother buying her RSLB School Course until she had a Summer Sale.
Although I am a graphic-designer, I’m not super-crafty with things, well, but since it’s just for myself – no hard feelings! Just doing what feels right.

And it’s soooo much fun! 
At first I had to overcome my inhibition of cutting magazines. Since they had cost me money at some time in my life and I didn’t want to waste the beautiful pictures on the pages for something, that would look stupid in the end, I never did collages or the likes in my life. (Aside from school projects.)
After braving myself enough to do this, I couldn’t stop tearing pages, snipping and glueing them together, haha.

Then, I followed the step by step instructions of what to write about. Soon I even got my own inspiration, what topics I’d like to add, such as the Guilty Pleasure page shown above. (Which is currently my favorite page design-wise.)

Radical Self Love Bible is a long, long, probably neverending process of discovering oneself, so I am looking forward how my pages will evolve and what things I will learn.

Are you crafty?
What kind of things do you create to express yourself?
Please tell me in the comments!

For that, goodbye!
See you next time again!

Days Spent Laughing – Recent Stories

DSC06112After yearning for it for about two weeks, I got swimming again. I like to do that as late as possible for a couple of reasons. First, I can only do that after work and it’s usually dark anyway when I arrive back at home. Second, I save a few Euros when I am using the “night rate” and third… there are less people there. It’s so much more relaxed.
My personal aim is to swim at least for half an hour. After months of not doing anything swimming related, the first five minutes I thought to myself “I can’t do it.”
But once I overcame that point, things went pretty easy.

After the time was up, I went straight to the steam bath, deeply breathing in some fresh citrus scented oils. When sweating in this heat, I imagine my body to leak out all the black toxic stuff inside my body. About 15 minutes later I went out and showered myself with cold water. What a refreshing experience!
(It was also the first time, I didn’t crave for junk food after swimming. Wow!)
Since it was near closing time then, I went back on my way home, but not without stopping when I suddenly saw a cute orange-striped cat.

I let her sniff my hand and once she decided I was a good-willed being, I petted her for a bit.
DSC06128A few days later I met with a friend of mine to eat and chat.
We laughed so much, reving memories of our school life back then and recent travel stories, while drinking alcohol free mixed drinks with limes and mint. I haven’t had laughed so much for ages!
DSC06146DSC06123I also renewed my nail-design to a darker theme. The cross-painting was something I really longed for quite some time, though I think next time I am going to do something more cheerful again.
DSC06152The last thing I did was visiting my uncle for his birthday get-together. I hadn’t seen him since 18 years and also never met the sister of my mother before. They welcomed my parents and me warmly, telling funny stories from their lives and had a reaaally hard time letting us go to sleep despite it’s gotten late.

Those fun days end so fast, you better treasure them while you can, huh?

Well then,
make lots of good new memories!

See you next time again!