“Wherever you are, be all there.” – Jim Elliot
It’s October in Germany, which can only mean one thing. Oktoberfest!
End of September through mid-October in Germany is abound with Volkfests, which in Germany are really just festivals with beer, wine, food, amusement rides, etc. The most notorious Volksfest being Munich Oktoberfest. We happen to live near Stuttgart, which has a phenomenal Volksfest, and this year we did it BIG. Lederhosen, dirndl, braided hair. We drank the liters of beer, sang Sweet Caroline at the top of our lungs. We sang German songs like Texans that know very little German. And here in Germany, something I can appreciate, is if you dance like Elaine from Seinfeld, you are in great company.
It’s only been just over a month that we’ve been living in Germany, and one thing has really stood out to me. I’ve lived in some great cities, but am guilty of having not made the most of seeing and doing all the things to experience the places that I’ve lived in the US. It’s more obvious to me now that we are in another country and go see something different almost every weekend. If you’re friends with expats, you probably notice that as well. They see everything. They live like they only have a few years there. Oktoberfest may not be available to everyone, but I bet there are some really great things to see and experience right where you are. It doesn’t take a trip overseas to see new things, learn, and have loads of fun!
The lesson for myself, is wherever I am, whether in Europe or small-town Texas, is to party like a tourist! Live like you’re only going to be there for a few years. Go to the festivals. Go to the museums. Take a road trip. Go to the farmers market. Pour yourself a beer, turn on Sweet Caroline really loud, stand up on a chair, but not on the table (you animal) and live a full life where you are. Prost!