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Oktoberfest Fun in Munich!

This was my first Oktoberfest in Munich and it was something else. It coincided with a great investor and start-up conference called Bits & Pretzels. It was interesting to see all the different young companies and see the innovation happening in Germany. There were also two speakers at the event I really wanted to see: Kevin Spacey and Sir Richard Branson.

Facebook LIVE from Octoberfest. Just me, my lederhosen, and 5000 people...

I have a BUNCH of photos from Oktoberfest. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes photos from the live show and some random stuff too, so enjoy :)

 

Here's my friend Alex Piuitti, who was responsible for us coming to Germany. He's a great guy! In the middle, there is Sascha from Plotagraph Pro. This is one of the only times she wasn't wearing all black like a ninja.

 

It was also a big tech conference. You can virtually see this gal is reality.

 

Here’s Felix, one of the organizers of Bits & Pretzels along with the mayor of Bavaria. I was honored to be invited up on the stage with these two as we all sang Happy Birthday to the mayor!

 

This was about 3 minutes into the live show.

 

Another fun behind-the-scenes shot.

 

Two revelers at Oktoberfest. Apparently, there seems to be no age limit there.

 

Here I am during the live show asking Sascha more about Plotagraph Pro as she was sending a shout-out back to her partner Troy in LA.

 

Here’s Alex and Raphael Fellmer and Martin — these are the founders of Sharecy.org — a new company to combat the wasting of food.

 

Here’s one of the guys that was at our table... they all had their own startups as well. Great dudes. This guy happened to be a longtime fan from Cairo.

 

Another one of the revelers... everyone looks good in these German outfits. The female one is called a “Dirndl.”

 

This is my new standard Bavarian pose in lederhosen. When I was not engaged in active conversation, I would assume this pose until someone walked up to me.

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Bonus photos from the trip to Germany!

While we were in Cologne for Photokina, we went out with Macphun almost every night. It was Alex and these two gals, Oksana and Julianna. On the last night there, we all wandered over to the amazing Cologne cathedral. When we walked in, we were totally shocked to see a mostly darkened room along with a huge screen playing an animated slideshow of Hubble Telescope images. There were ethereal, surreal sounds of space playing all through the stone walls. All around the outside were priests that you could talk to about the infinity of space and the universe... it was completely eclectic and amazing!
We asked our concierge for a unique restaurant in Berlin, and they recommended we visit this burger place that used to be a public toilet under the train tracks. Sign us up! And that's where we headed, to the famous Burgermeister. It was a TASTY Burger for sure... while waiting on said burger in said former public toilet, I went across the street to take this photo... you can see the train tracks up above to the right.
Upon arrival in Berlin, Curtis and I jumped in an amazing car (the Audi S8 — thanks, Audi!) and we drove immediately over to the Berlin Wall. I've always wanted to visit this place, being an armchair history buff. It didn't disappoint at all, and we took photos here all through the sunset. There's a 1.5 KM stretch of the wall that still stands and has been decorated by hundreds of artists. After that, we crossed the street and want about half a click down the river Spree to see this scene of the Oberbaumbrucke bridge as the sun was dipping below the horizon.
Fragrances bar in The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin - Which one to choose? I figured I couldn't go wrong. I really wanted that one drink that was served inside the small Swedish house that they burn down upon arrival. But I felt like it would be a huge waste and spectacle. I was alone there, reading my Kindle… and it seemed like a very strange, lonely, and elitist thing to be reading a book on anthropology while watching my drink-house burn down.
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