For us, traveling isn’t just about checking off a list of countries we have visited. It is more about the experiences we encounter during the trip. Sometimes the experience can be as simple as trying a new drink at a local bar.
While we were in Hong Kong, walking around the city exploring, it started to rain. It wasn’t just light rain, but a sudden downpour. We were almost about to be drenched in water, when we quickly took shelter. We were riding up Hong Kong’s outdoor escalator. It is the world’s longest outdoor covered escalator that extends over 800 metres in distance and elevates up to 135 metres. Pretty impressive! Anyhow, it was while riding this impressive escalator, we spotted a bar advertising a mint chocolate martini.
I like martinis, and I had never tried a mint chocolate martini before. So, Jason suggested, perhaps we should just order a few drinks, sit back, and relax. For the next few hours, we enjoyed a couple mint chocolate martinis and conversed about our Hong Kong trip. We decided to sit by the open windows, since they gave us a beautiful view of the heavy rain pouring on the streets. Outside while everyone hustled around with their umbrellas, we sat back comfortably trying to take in this beautiful moment!
When we were organizing the itinerary for our one year World Trip, we planned it so we would end up in Munich, Germany during Oktoberfest. But, what we didn’t plan for were our accommodations. When traveling, we usually never booked our accommodations in advance because we figured we will somehow find a place, which we always did. However, when we arrived to Munich, it was next to impossible to find accommodations. We should have known better. After all, thousands of people from all over the globe were flocking to Munich for one of the world’s largest drinking parties. Luckily we did manage to find a campsite, and put up a tent. With our accommodations arranged, we were super excited to check out the festivities of Oktoberfest.
If I had a top ten list for festivals to attend in the world, Oktoberfest would definitely make my list. The atmosphere was fun and electrifying! There were plenty of rides, games, and gingerbread cookies for everyone. Jason bought me a delicious gingerbread heart cookie. We enjoyed Oktoberfest so much that we went twice. The first night, we met some travelers from Europe and Asia. That’s the beauty of Oktoberfest, you can meet people from all over the world and simply have a great time together over freshly brewed beer! On our last day, somehow we were lucky enough to enter a tent. Inside the crowded tent, people sat at tables laughing, drinking, and chatting. Everyone was having an awesome time! We were invited by a group of Germans to drink, sing, and dance with them. It was an amazing cultural experience. And, we were so grateful to the locals, who showed us the true meaning of Oktoberfest.
Take a quick look at the carnival surrounding Munich’s Oktoberfest!
Curious to know what it is like inside one of the beer tents at Munich’s Oktoberfest?