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Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Today I Am…

…in Munich, Germany, home of the world’s largest Oktoberfest. I was born in and went to university in the twin cities of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, home of the largest Oktoberfest outside of Germany.

You might think this would create some sort of deep, fundamental and spiritual bond between myself and this fair city in the south of Deutschland. In fact, there isn’t. I can’t drink more than a couple of beers before wanting to take a long nap and my experiences with the K-W Oktoberfest were consistently gross and depressing and with a high vomit quotient. Not my own. Which is actually worse.

But anyways, it’s not October so it’s all rather moot.

By : Frank Yang at 8:00 am
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  1. James says:

    I’ve been to Munich twice and think it’s a beautiful and friendly city. I was dragged on one of the occasions to one of the big bierhausen, but emerged intact. Hope you can see more than just the beer, Munich has a lot going for it.

  2. Scott says:

    I’m also a K-W ex-pat – and wow, I’ve never understood the allure of over priced beer, men in leather shorts, oompa music and vomit…

    *sigh*

  3. paul says:

    You do know that Kitchener was known as Berlin, once upon a time, right?

  4. Frank says:

    yes I did, until the name went curiously out of style sometime around the 1940s. They make noises every once in a while about changing it back, but I’m not expecting that to happen. Cause "Kitchener" is such a sexy name.

  5. matthew says:

    No, no, no…they changed the name around WWI, if I’m not mistaken. The change was just because they didn’t want a German-named city in Ontario, not because they were worried about it being confused with some weird Third Reich outpost…