CASTLES IN THE SKY
Between her career at Qatar Air and Emirates, my daughter, Tarquin-Siobhan, takes some time out at the 2011 Oktoberfestival in Germany.
It was here she began her ‘postcard phase’ of life which lasted about 9 months.
I thought it may be of interest to share these postcards in a series of blogs. If nothing else they are good for a browse. Anyone interested in working in the cabin crew industry may well find this a very enlightening look at what the perks of working in this line are.
Before visiting Germany’s famous beer fest with three of her ex colleagues, they visited Amsterdam – I will write another blog about that trip. Coming back to the German leg of the visit I can only assume that since Tarquin is not overly fond of beer, she really went because she has always wanted to see the Castle in the sky.
This is the castle pictured on the postcard, a building inspired by Walt Disney.
My daughter not only lives most of her physical life in the clouds, but her head is up there too. She is a dreamer, she dreams of a life of granduer. She should have been born a princess – born in a castle similar to this one……………………………….
OKTOBERFEST – MUNCHEN
On to the Oktoberfest, for those who do not know about this famous annual event, here is a brief description of it taken from Wikipedia:
Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, running from late September to the first weekend in October. It is one of the most famous events in Germany and is the world’s largest fair, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. To the locals, it is not called Oktoberfest, but “die Wiesn” – after the colloquial name of the fairgrounds themselves. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the original Munich event.
The Munich Oktoberfest originally took place during the sixteen days up to, and including, the first Sunday in October. In 1994, the schedule was modified in response to German reunification so that if the first Sunday in October falls on the 1st or 2nd, then the festival would go on until October 3 (German Unity Day). Thus, the festival is now 17 days when the first Sunday is October 2 and 18 days when it is October 1. In 2010, the festival lasted until the first Monday in October, to mark the 200th anniversary of the event. The festival is held in an area named the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese), often called Wiesn for short, located near Munich’s center. Large quantities ofOktoberfest Beer are consumed, with almost 7 million liters served during the 16 day festival in 2007. Visitors may also enjoy a wide variety of traditional food such as Hendl (chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork), Schweinshaxe (grilled ham hock), Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezeln (Pretzel), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings), Käsespätzle (cheese noodles), Reiberdatschi (potato pancakes), Sauerkraut or Rotkohl/Blaukraut (red cabbage) along with such Bavarian delicacies as Obatzda (a spiced cheese-butter spread) and Weisswurst (a white sausage).