Oktoberfest down under

Everyone on the dance floor

Oktoberfest Brisbane put on an amazing event!

The entire place was oozing with Germany, so Herr Bear and I felt right at home.

Brisbane Student Ambassadors

We made so many new friends, and boy were there some characters out there.

Interesting looking girls

Everyone was amazed at how we travelled around the world and came all the way from Munich to be here.

We love sharing our German culture with you and we found the best way to do that – is by eating it!

Eating giant pretzels

Herr Bear and I had our fair share of sausages, schnitzels, pretzels, gingerbread, schnapps, and bier.

Weisswurst bavarian white sausage with pretzel and sweet mustard

We’ve definitely put on a few, but that’s okay, we’re still on holiday!

This week, I have heaps of photos for you because so much happened last weekend…

I can’t believe Oktoberfest Brisbane has only two days left.

The Moeller and Zoulek families have done such an amazing job, we have our friends flying in from around the world to experience the event for themselves.

If you haven’t come down already, or you’re joining us again, Herr Bear, our international friends and I will be there tonight and we’d love to see you.

Time to embrace your inner German at Oktoberfest Brisbane. Auf Wiedersehen ♥

A Taste of Bavaria

An invitation came in the mail for us to attend Anzapfen, Oktoberfest Brisbane’s Official Opening Ceremony. We’re so excited to be here in Brisbane for Oktoberfest. Last year we were in Munich and Lord Mayor Christian Ude tapped the first keg.

Invitation to Anzapfen

“Do you think Brisbane’s Lord Mayor will tap the keg and serve the first beer to their head of State Government?” Fräulein Bear asked.

That is the way to traditionally open the festival, and Fräulein Bear feels very strongly about upholding traditions. She’ll be impressed if they do it right.

Moving onto more important matters, I was in desperate need for some food from home…

SONY DSC

Thank God for King of Cakes. I couldn’t wait till Friday, I was craving pretzels.

Pretzel craving

Lucky the Farmer’s Market was on. I just wish my pretzel came with a side of bier…

Trying to get a bite of Fräulein Bear's strauben (deep fried choux pastry with fondant topping)

I tried to have a bite of Fräulien Bear’s strauben (deep fried choux pastry with fondant topping), but she was reluctant to share. She can be funny about sweets sometimes.

Brisbane City Hall in King George Square

Later, we wondered down Adelaide Street and came across King George Square. So much beautiful open space, but it just needed some grass to sit on.

Enjoying some tea in King George Square

Fräulein Bear had some tea to wash down the strauben. I can’t believe she still had room for a scone, but I kept that thought to myself.

Museum of Brisbane

Afterwards, we went to the Museum of Brisbane to take a ride up in the Clock Tower.

Our tour guide, Helen, was lovely

Helen was our tour guide, she knew everything about the Clock Tower. Apparently, there was a time when women weren’t allowed in the elevator.

In the Clock Tower elevator

“Looks like females run the show now, right Helen?” said Fräulein Bear. Helen smiled and nodded.

View of Brisbane from Clock Tower

It had a great view of Brisbane. I wonder if anyone’s been proposed to up here?

Taking a sight-seeing  break

As much as I enjoy exploring the city, I also like sitting down for a drink with my Fräulein.

Last stop for the day, Brisbane International Airport … at 2am in the morning.

Arrivals, Brisbane International Airport

No, we’re not going home yet. We’re just here to meet and greet our good friends from Munich, the Münchner Buam Band, who will be playing at Oktoberfest Brisbane.

Picking up the Münchner Buam Band

I was surprised they had more luggage than we did. I know there are 6 of them, but usually it’s hard to beat when travelling with Fräulein Bear. I mean, how many of the same Dirndl do you need?

Ready for bed

But even though she always takes up 90 per cent of our luggage space, I still love her.

Looking forward to Friday and being surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of Bavaria again… Guten Nacht und bis bald ♥

10 days to go…

… and we couldn’t be more excited!

Make sure you don’t miss our final Quiz, now up under the ‘Quizzes’ tab!
We hope you’re all enjoying your long weekend and using this opportunity to polish up those song lyrics and put the finishing touches on your posters! We have some incredibly delicious prizes to give away for the winners, thanks to Bianca at The Organic Cotton Candy Company – we’re finding it hard not to eat them ourselves! 🙂

Also don’t miss the final adventures of Herr Bear and Fräulein Bear before they head to the Oktoberfest Brisbane, starting this Friday!

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Getting ready for Oktoberfest Brisbane!

Queen Street Mall

Our family was at Queen Street Mall today helping Oktoberfest Brisbane share with the locals a taste of the festivities to come. Herr Bear was planning to climb the Story Bridge, but I couldn’t pass up free Lebkuchen (gingerbread). The climb would have to wait.

Oktoberfest Brisbane Gingerbread heart

Today really reminded me of home.

Oktoberfest Brisbane Gingerbread heart

I hadn’t had gingerbread in a while and our heart was so delicious, I almost ate the whole thing! Herr Bear was not impressed.

Listening to Vic the Roaming Accordionist

It was so nice listening to Vic (the Roaming Accordionist). When I closed my eyes, it felt like I was back home.

Milking the cow

We didn’t milk the cow, but it was fun watching the locals giving it a go.

Nova Sandman making us kiss

That Nova Boy was a cheeky fellow. He caught us off guard and made us kiss in front of everyone. I was blushing the whole time after that. But of course, Herr Bear didn’t seem to mind.

Afterwards, we were so exhausted, we went back home to the Watermark Hotel to get some rest before going to the Story Bridge.

Eagle Street

We woke up hours later and I wasn’t sure whether we would still be able to see the Story Bridge. Thankfully our lovely hotel receptionist told us how it lights up at night and encouraged us to go.

Story Bridge

But no one told us about the purple lights! It was more beautiful than I imagined.

City Cat Terminal, Eagle Street Pier

We walked to Riverside, but seeing as though we just missed the City Cat, we thought to check out a local bar. Herr Bear was keen to try some  Aussie beer.

Experiencing local drinks

We ended up at a place called Riverbar and Kitchen where Herr Bear had his first Fat Yak, and I tried the bartender’s favourite cocktail, an Elderflower and Passion fruit Caipiroska.

Riverbar and Kitchen, Eagle Street Pier

The night was perfect, with yummy drinks, candle lit tables, right by the river, and the Story Bridge in the background.

Story Bridge from Eagle Street Pier

Sometimes Herr Bear gives me this look, and I know he’s thinking about the future. He likes the laid-back lifestyle here and I find more things to love about Brisbane everyday. I think we could get used to this… Guten Nacht und bis bald ♥

2 Weeks to go!!

With only 2 weeks and 1 day left until the big day, don’t forget to register your school ASAP if you haven’t done so already!

Quiz #5 has been uploaded under the ‘Quizzes’ tab for you to answer!

Finally, looking to impress your teacher (or your students) with some extra German vocab?

http://www.germanpod101.com/german-phrases/ has a great widget to embed or you can just sign up with your email address and have a new German word sent to you daily!

Alternatively, http://www.bitesizedlanguages.com/wod/r/german has a German word of the day on their website – there are heaps to choose from!!

Don’t forget to see what our teddies are up to on http://oktoberfestbrisbaneteddies.wordpress.com/

Bis bald!! 🙂