Although it seems impossible to want to leave London, I experienced my first European excursion this weekend- all the way to Munich, Germany!
Although there are ways to find cheap travel, especially though Ryanair or on the Eurostar train, it is sometimes even cheaper to go through a tour group. Some friends and I went through "Stoke Travel" which at first seemed a bit sketchy, but you just have to go with the flow when you're abroad. It provided us with an overnight bus to Munich (13 loooong hours) and sleeping/eating arrangements. Overall though, the experience through Stoke was once in a lifetime. It was filled with young people from all over the world, lots of after-parties, and camping out in tents at night.
(Luckily we had tents haha)
Some new friends from Australia and England.
The primary reason for going to Munich was to attend Oktoberfest. It was an experience to say the least! People were leaving the campsite at 7am just to get a table inside one of the large beer tents. Being there, though, was a lot of fun. Perhaps it was the beer talking, but everyone I encountered was super friendly and all gathered just to have a good time. Even the German locals put up with us Americans haha, they were extremely nice and willing to share a table with us and teach us their traditional songs.
After a while, however, Oktoberfest was getting a bit too crowded and a bit too carnival like, so a friend and I decided to go explore Munich. And I am so happy I did. Although most people just go to Germany to attend Oktoberfest, it's important to have a balance between that and actually seeing the country you're in. Otherwise, it is a waste of a traveling experience. I was able to also go on a tour of Dachau Concentration Camp on the last day which was definitely a heavy and surreal experience. Although I was going from such a happy mood to a somber one so quickly, every student should take in a chance like that and really see where history happened. I did not take any pictures at the camp, but here are some of Munich itself.
Forever spending all of my money on coffee, but what else is new?