Monday, September 22, 2008

Oktoberfest in SL (and RL, of course)...



Oh, the grandiose selection here...!

The beginning of fall means many things to many people – the beginning of school, the end of baseball season or the beginning of (American) football… however I measure it by one seminal event that I have always wanted to indulge in – Octoberfest!



The stallions in the Wunderbar sim that brought all of the beer (virtutal, sadly enough)

My previous employ prevented me from doing so, however I am concocting a plan to deliver me to the Munich (RL, of course), so I can indulge in seeing Bayern Munchen play a home game, go to the fairgrounds, have a beer delivered by a… prototypical Bavarian lady in a traditional drindl, and simply have a wonderful time!



The beer was, of course, good, but the environment was a bit sparse...

Unfortunately, that might be a couple of years away, so in the mean time, I shall simply go ahead, plan for the RL version, whilst I indulge in the SL version of Octoberfest, starting with the Wunderbar sim…



I had idealized something along these lines in SL....



... and perhaps something extremely beautiful, such as this (and the young lady is quite pretty, also) {from Octoberfestgirls blog, listed below}

Very nicely build, but unfortunately, it was quite empty. I was hoping that I would be able to catch a few people in-world, but then again, if I were in Germany, I would be at the Bier Hall drinking, singing, eating, and drinking even more!



A dream picture from the Hacker Pschorr Tent this year

Did find a SL Bier Hall, but though I had all of the beer to myself, I did find myself to be a bit lonely. As such, I decided to pop into the best known German SL sim, Neufreistadt.



Arriving in Neufreistadt, with a much better sized mug!

I did find quite the crowd here, with dancing, drinking, and well, more dancing, but still, the atmosphere was more along the lines of what I had expected (or could expect, I should say). Everyone was very friendly, and if I was not busy taking photos, I probably would have imposed upon a young lady for a polka! Alas, RL demanded attention, and I departed, sadly.



Watching the polka, with a rat-man - only in SL

Nonetheless, if you have a chance to visit either Wunderbar or Neufreistadt, by all means do so! I have not been able to obtain a schedule for Wunderbar, but I have posted Neufreistadt’s schedule for future events.



Someday, I'll be here, hopefully!

Neufreistadt Home Page - with up-to-date news on their events
http://portal.slcds.info/index.php?id=31

(Oh, I also added a few RL Octoberfest links… oh, someday…..

The Official Octoberfest site in English...
http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/

The Munich tourism site...
http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Oktoberfest/7548/index.html

The Wiki on Octoberfest
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktoberfest

Octoberfest Girls Blog
http://oktoberfestgirls.blogspot.com/

IHT reporting on the opening ceremonies
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/09/20/europe/EU-Germany-Oktoberfest-Opens.php

and lastly, the official webcam of the 2008 Octoberfest!
http://www.muenchen.de/Tourismus/Oktoberfest/Fotos_Bilder_Webcam/175102/00_Webcam-live.html

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a hefeweisen to indulge in ....

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