Oktoberfest: A Traditional Way to Celebrate

When festivities cross your mind, definitely “fun” would be the first thing to sink in. How much more if it is the Oktoberfest in Germany? This 16 to 18-day long folk festival is jam packed with loads of entertainment and activities that would not leave room for boredom.

What is Oktoberfest?

In the Bavarian culture, Oktoberfest is considered as one of the most important events. As a matter of fact, the first Oktoberfest was celebrated in honor of Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Since people find it exciting, it was repeated and held every year at Munich, Bavaria, Germany where millions of people gather. On this year, Oktoberfest will be on September 16 to October 3. read more

ADAC To The Rescue

As we were travelling from Bochum to Cologne, CE’s father was our driver in his Audi car as he wanted to show us around in Cologne. His Audi car was somehow old already but still in good working condition. But on the way back to Bochum, his car encountered some malfunction. The lights in the dashboard kept on flashing as an alarm. The father really freaked out! CE sat beside him but in silence as he knew that the problem was not that big.

Good that he is a member of ADAC, Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club e.V., is Germany’s and Europe’s largest automobile club, with more than 17 million members in June 2010. If you want to know more about this club, you may visit their website at www.adac.de. read more

The Old Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located at Cologne, Germany. This is the most famous landmark in Cologne. It is however crowded with tourist flashing their camera’s here and there. You cannot blame them. and you cannot blame me.

I first visited this Cathedral 7 years ago and the death of my father was still fresh in my heart. The first prayer I uttered was for my father. I really felt God’s presence that time. I was really touched.

Renovated in 2007, the 11,500 squares of glass in 72 colors fill the 20-meter-high window, which was designed by Gerhard Richter, one of Germany’s most important living artists. The 75-year-old painter and photographer declared that he was happy the project had been a success, particularly as, unlike his other work, it isn’t intended to hang for a short time but is to be a “window for eternity. read more

Christopher Street Day in Berlin

I was delighted to be one of the spectators of this event. Its really once in a lifetime for Filipinos like me. I am fascinated how the gays, lesbians, transgenders and bisexual go out in the street to party and proudly show that they do exist in this community. They should be treated equally I think.

According to the internet, the CSD is held in memory of the first big uprising of homosexuals against police assaults in Greenwich Village (New York, USA) on June 27, 1969. The so-called Stonewall Riots took place in the bar Stonewall Inn. The first German CSDs took place in Bremen and Berlin in 1979. read more