As a going away to the South Pole party, what could be better than Oktoberfest in Munich? Absolutely nothing I figured, so my housemates Mark, Raf and I all found ourselves on a plane headed for Frankfurt. Mark had met a girl named Christine on the internet who said that she could get us a cheap van, and we could crash at her place. In exchange, we took her along with us and paid for her hostel beds. It was a fantastic vacation. We started out driving down to Stuttgart where Raf had some relatives. We stayed there for a couple of nights, checking out their version of Oktoberfest called “Volksfest”. It was our first exposure to the food and the wonderful beer that was served in the huge steins. We also visited a couple of the castles in the area, and toured a local winery.