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We’re celebrating Octoberfest this weekend in our town in Germany whether we like it or not! Our house is situated on a dead end street that empties out onto a field about an eighth of a mile from our home. Every year around this time, on the first weekend of October, a big tent is erected in the nearby field, local beer and restaurant vendors arrive and a large stage inside the tent hosts live bands and blasts loud music from Friday night to Sunday evening. Unfortunately for us the loud noises of Octoberfest and its vast number of drunken happy participants permeates our neighborhood and resonates within our homes the sounds of loud singing, dancing, cheering and a ubiquitous thumping base, that accompanies all that merriment, all weekend long. Needless to say, I have not been too happy with the resulting nights this weekend where my heart has been thumping right out of my chest from the vibrations of bad party music being blasted from the nearby tent into the wee hours of a seemingly long, series of sleepless nights.

On the upside of all this festiveness, though, today was family day at the Octoberfest tent. There was a bouncy house that Anna enjoyed jumping in, a parade with antique tractors, horse-drawn carriages, people dressed in costumes in the traditional Bavarian German style and of course a Sunday lunch featuring several meat dishes of the Southern German variety. All in all I’m a bit too tired to enjoy it all, I have to say, but I did take pictures* and Anna who was seemingly able to sleep these past few nights had a ball.

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*The above pictures were taken at last year’s Oktoberfest but as you can see everything was pretty similar to this year’s fest. This year’s photos are below.

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–“Prost!”

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–Anna drinking “Kinderbier” aka apple juice in a Kölsch glass

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