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Oktoberfest 2014 – Aufbauendspurt

For weeks, almost months, Theresienwiese – the Oktoberfest fair grounds – has been one massive construction site. Now that Petrus finally has decided to send us than longed for sunshine the party is about to start! There’s only two days to go until the big opening on Saturday.

It’s a bit of a surreal atmosphere, seeing all of the rides running empty for their final testings knowing that soon the masses will descend upon the city.

mangia minga // 'Oktoberfest 2014 - Aufbauendspurt//final touches'

mangia minga // 'Oktoberfest 2014 - Aufbauendspurt//final touches'

mangia minga // 'Oktoberfest 2014 - Aufbauendspurt//final touches'

mangia minga // 'Oktoberfest 2014 - Aufbauendspurt//final touches'mangia minga // 'Oktoberfest 2014 - Aufbauendspurt//final touches'

We’ve hosted a handful of guests at our place over the past few years and they were usually stunned to hear that I didn’t realise how many people got drunk at this awesome fun fair until I was maybe 12 and my grandma decided not to take me there anymore, because it was just getting too busy. I used to love riding the Kettenkarrusell – a carousel where the seats are suspended in mid air lifting your dangling feet high above the crowds as it spins round.

Today my absolute favourite ride is: people watching at the Toboggan (see photo above). The Toboggan is one of the older, simpler rides. All there really is to it is a tower with a spiralling slide and a conveyor belt to boost people to the top. What makes it the best attraction on site is the ridiculous attempts and failures of drunkards and machos, Pimperliesln and barbie dolls, cool kiddos and clowns, to master the conveyor belt by themselves.

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