Lederhosen dan Dirndl: Bavaria, Yunani, dan Bergkirchweih

Pagi itu aku mendapat kejutan. Ritualku masih sama: tapping ID card, membuka pintu anteroom, lalu segera mengenakan lab coatgoggles, booties, dan nitrile gloves, dengan urutan yang sama persis seperti yang kusebutkan. Saat aku melangkah masuk ke dalam lab (yang merupakan clean room, itulah alasan mengapa aku harus mengenakan semua ‘perangkat’ tersebut), aku disambut wajah yang asing.

“Titan, perkenalkan. Dia temanku, kami bertemu di salah satu konferensi. Saat ini dia riset di Harvard, tetapi dia meraih PhD-nya di Jerman,” kata postdoc di labku memperkenalkan kami berdua. Bisa kulihat gurat seriusnya: kacamata, berjambang dan berkumis tipis, serta rambut yang sedikit gondrong. Dia juga mengenakan visitor lab coat yang terlihat sedikit kekecilan di badannya.

“Wah, salam kenal. Saya Titan, first year graduate student di sini. Wah, Jermannya dulu di mana?”

“Salam kenal. Dulu saya di Erlangen,” jawabnya dengan aksen Amerika Latin campur Jerman yang kental.

“Erlangen? Saya pernah ke sana!”

“Wah, kerja bareng professor siapa?”

“Oh, saya mengunjungi teman saya di sana saat musim panas. Saya mampir ke Bergkirchweih juga (festival bir kedua terbesar di Jerman setelah Oktoberfest).”

Postdoc lalu memotong, “Oke, jadi X akan melihat proses kita membuat solar cell devices hari ini. Aku akan mempersiapkan larutannya terlebih dahulu. Bisa tolong kamu bawa dia keliling lab untuk tur?” yang kujawab dengan anggukan.

Tidak kuketahui saat itu, ada diskusi panjang yang menunggu mengenai sejarah Jerman bersama dia.

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The Man in the High Castle

Salah satu keuntungan memiliki .edu e-mail, tentu saja adalah langganan Amazon Prime sebagai student gratis selama 6 bulan. Baru-baru ini, Amazon Prime juga menambah fitur bagi para penggunanya: kini kita bisa mengakses beberapa film dan TV shows secara gratis, sebagai anggota Amazon Prime. Bahkan, menyaingi Netflix, YouTube Red, dan televisi konvensional, Amazon juga merilis TV shows mereka sendiri.

Salah satunya, adalah The Man in the High Castle.

Diangkat dari novel yang ditulis Philip Dick, yang dipublikasikan pertama kali tahun 1963, TMIHC (The Man in the High Castle) bercerita tentang dunia distopis, di mana Jepang dan Jerman memenangkan Perang Dunia II. Amerika pun terbagi dua: east coast yang lebih dekat ke Eropa dikuasai Jerman, sedangkan west coast yang lebih dekat ke Asia dikuasai Jepang.

Satu hal yang sangat mencolok: bendera Amerika Serikat dengan swastikanya, terlihat di mana-mana di TMIHC. Dan tentu saja, bumbu cinta segitiga antara satu wanita dengan dua pria dengan latar belakang berbeda: yang satu punya kedudukan di Partai Nazi, yang lainnya masih berdarah Yahudi. Ah.

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Birmingham: Frankfurt German Christmas Market

I really wanted to go to Pasar Seni ITB 2014 (Art Market held by my friends’ university, Bandung Institute of Technology) this Sunday. It happens every four years, and my friends this year are participating in the committee. Ami, my middle school friend, even told me, “I haven’t slept for three days, and I haven’t come home for the past one week. I even brought a sleeping bag to campus.”

So, you can imagine how much I wanna be there, right? And I had a rough week, as you can see from previous post, haha. Gawat, lama-lama ketahuan state of mind-ku berdasarkan tulisanku, haha.

I decided to go to Birmingham, to one of the biggest Christmas Market in the world, outside Germany of course (because that’s where the Christmas Market tradition comes from).

Toys! Nutcrackers! Haribo! Wine! Bratwurst! Schokolade! 

I felt like I entered a time machine (or pintu ke mana sajanya Doraemon), and went back to Germany.

Although it took me about three hours by train from Cambridge (and another three-hour train ride to go back), and the ticket was still expensive after the railcard discount, it was definitely worth it.

Merry-go-round Christmas edition.
Beautiful decoration.
And Ferris wheel, as well. At the back, there is also an outdoor ice skating rink. I’m wondering why they’re having it, because it must be really hard to maintain. Especially, since the weather is still above 10 degrees Celsius.
Frankfurt German Christmas Market. You can also see what kind of beer/ wine they have.
People drinking mulled wine, hot chocolate, or earting bratwurst/ potatoes.
The atmosphere of the market in the morning. See, how colorful it is?
My favorite: Lebkuchen (Love Cookie?). It says, “Ich liebe dich,” or “Herzlichen Gluckwunsch.” This time, they have some statements in English, like, “I love you.” I wanted to try one (since past summer), but don’t think can finish one by myself. Maybe I should find someone to buy the cookie, and share it with me, haha.
Birmingham City Library. This is really pretty, isn’t it?
There were so many things there: from arts and crafts, toys, to different types of foods which remind me of Germany. There were even some wafers from Edeka (a supermarket chain in Germany)! It was sold for 5 Pounds, though; last summer, I got it for only about 1 Euro. So expensive.
The beer/ wine glasses can be brought home, just like in a typical beer festival in Germany. I really want to get the glass, because it’s a good souvenir. But, should I just throw away the beer/ wine? Nope. Not a good idea. 
I got Kartoffeln und Champignon, (potatoes and mushrooms) with garlic sauce, which was pretty good. There were also some chocolate-covered-marshmallows, and even chocolate fountain for fondue. There were also some halal foods. Yup, one thing that I noticed when I walked around Birmingham, there were so many Muslim women who wore hijab!
I think, one thing that I haven’t seen before was tool-shaped chocolates, such as wrench, scissors, or hammer. I am wondering where this idea came from.
Another weird food that they sold there: Jack Daniel’s onion with ostrich burger. Or Baileys hot chocolate. I can never imagine how these taste like.
There were also so many cool things which you can buy as Christmas presents. Like leather gloves, or Christmas lights, but with little angels in each of the little lamp. Or maybe a sketch of Birmingham landscapes, or aromatic incense sticks.
When my friends who study in Germany tell me about how cool a Christmas Market is, I think, I can understand it now. Maybe next time, I will visit the real German Christmas Market in Germany. Also other interesting cultural things around Europe. Or around the world. I hope I will have a chance to do so, because it is just amazing to see how different or similar human beings are around the world. Don’t you think so?

DAAD-RISE Scholars Meeting in Heidelberg

On Thursday, July 3rd, I went to Heidelberg to attend the DAAD-RISE Scholars Meeting for 3 days and 2 nights. What is DAAD-RISE? As I have told you in previous post, it’s a research internship program in science and engineering in Germany, for American, Canadian, and British college students.

Heidelberg, is a beautiful city in Baden-Württemberg, a state located in southern Germany. So, as you can see, it’s a long way to get there since Bremen is in up north of Germany.

The schedule is pretty packed. We had a welcome meeting in Alte Aula Heidelberg, the oldest hall in University of Heidelberg. Do you know that this university is the oldest one in Germany?

I know, the picture is not super nice, I’m sorry.
A better picture! Thanks to Daniela Wiesen!

It was amazing to see all passionate young scientists and engineers from all over the world (yes, I realized there was a high number of international students, too), and discussed about the project they were working on, or how their colleges were.

I didn’t expect that people would be so surprised when I told them that I go to MIT, though.

I think this was my first time having a name tag with MIT name attached to it.

There was a brewery banquet, with a really nice wine (that’s what I heard from the others), and a nice main dish.

Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg, photo by Daniela Wiesen.

However, since I was fasting for Ramadan on that day, I got a takeout for my main dish and decided to explore the town!

Yes, Heidelberg is full of little hills, unlike other German towns which are pretty ‘flat’. On picture: Schloss Heidelberg, the castle that I visited the day after!
Heidelberg also has a river, called Neckar, that goes through the town. What is so amazing, there is a big park along the river where people could just chill, do barbeque, play beach volleyball, among other things.

The day after, we had different presentations from companies, and Master/ PhD programs in Germany, which was really interesting, and eye-opening. There are so many opportunities to study or work in Germany. There was a little ‘career fair’ as well, but it was less intimidating than the career fair I attended in Fall semester on campus. You should check DAAD website to know more about study, research, and work opportunities in Germany!

Less intimidating career fair. Photo by Daniela Wiesen.

In the afternoon, we got a chance to explore Heidelberg deeper, and with a tour guide. I usually don’t want to pay for one, because I would rather get a kugel of eis, instead, haha. I really liked my tour guide, she knew every little thing about Heidelberg and history pretty well.

One of catholic churches in Heidelberg. Do you know what is interesting? Yes, its color! It’s bright white, which is uncommon for catholic churches in Europe.
To the old bridge that crosses Neckar. 
More Neckar!
Schloss Heidelberg! It was a wedding present from a prince to a princess. They got married when they were 16.
From Heidelberg Schloss, you can see beautiful Heidelberg!
Giant wine barrel inside the Schloss.

On the evening, there was a game between Germany and France, and it was really interesting. I didn’t watch it, though, I was too exhausted from the tour (it was 31 degrees Celsius!), so I decided to take a nap, haha.

We had a barbeque after the game, and a little party to celebrate the 10th year anniversary of DAAD-RISE program. The beverages were free-flow, including beer and soft drinks. So, past ten, I could see some people turning red and getting drunk. Not really cool, but that happened. Germany is known for beer and wurst, but if you drink, that doesn’t mean you can drink as much as you want to ‘immerse’ yourself in a new culture, right? Just my two cents.

10 years of DAAD RISE Program! Photo by Daniela Wiesen.

I noticed one thing, though. The apple juice in Germany is carbonated, meaning, it’s like a soft drink. I have tried to distance myself from soft drink, but I failed because of the apple juice. Not only apple juice, they also have carbonated water (aka. sparkling water), and I find it really strange.

On the last day, after we checked out the hostel, we went to the university to hear presentations from our fellow scholars about their research projects. They seemed to do cool things, and I was inspired by them so much! From an origami concrete building (civil engineering project, you can fold your concrete!), to nanocapsules for targeted drug delivery applications; I felt like I was nothing compared to them.

We also took a giant group picture…

Guess where I am! Photo by Daniela Wiesen.

I have few weeks left in Germany, and I will do my best in my research project. Auf wiedersehen, Heidelberg and DAAD-RISE friends, until next time!

Cologne Is Not Only About the Dom!

Köln Hauptbahnhof

Have you ever wondered where does Eau de Cologne term come from? Or, have you thought that this term is related to a town named Cologne in Germany, but you are not sure? Well, I am going to explain it to you in details on this blog post! 🙂

Ok, this is totally random, but as you can see from the picture above, it was my first time riding on an EC (EuroCity) train, it was a Swiss train, SBB CFF FFS. When you saw the name of the railway company for the first time, you might wonder why the name is so long, compared to, for instance, DB (Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company), or SNCF (Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français, the French railway company). SBB CFF FFS, according to Wikipedia, stands for Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (German), Chemins de fer fédéraux suisses (French), Ferrovie federali svizzere (Italian), which are in three out of four official languages in Switzerland. The other language is Romansh, but for some reason they don’t use it on the name.

Your next question might be, why are you in a Swiss train? The train actually goes between Hamburg-Altona (in the northern area of Germany), and goes all the way to Zürich. A long, long way, right? The good thing was, the train was empty until we reached Dortmund and Düsseldorf, so it was really nice.

I love empty train!

Back to Cologne. After I arrived in the main station and grabbed a quick breakfast (yes, I’m one of the people who starts her Ramadan on Sunday), I walked to the biggest cathedral I’ve ever seen so far: Kölner Dom. 

Too bad, some parts are being renovated and the sky is really cloudy, so it doesn’t look that pretty.

It’s always interesting to see what the stained glass explains about ritual/ history.
After looking at the Dom, I walked to Rhine River, which is the most romantic river in Europe, well at least that’s what people said. Maybe because it was cloudy and raining, I thought that Charles River in Boston is still my favorite river ever!
Of course, there are ‘love locks’ along the bridge on this river. If you don’t know why people put locks on the bridge, I will tell you the story behind it. Couples who want to make sure their love last forever, may ‘lock’ their love on the bridge, and throw away the key to the river; so, they cannot ‘unlock’ their love, and their love will last forever.
Overrated Rhine bridge, packed with people. If you see the left part, that’s actually a railway that goes to the central station.
Full of locks. I wonder how much all the locks weigh.  
Anti-mainstream: bike lock.
After that, I walked to the Chocolate Museum (Schokoladenmuseum), which was about 20-30 minute walk. When I arrived there, the museum was not open yet, so I needed to wait for 20 minutes. So many people wanted to go to this museum, and the line was really long before the doors were opened.
After that, I indulged myself in the world of chocolate… The God’s food.
Schokoladenmuseum, sponsored by Lindt!
I found Dij Sam Soe in the museum! Hidup rokok Indonesia!
They even have mini size chocolate factory inside the museum.
How they made the chocolate wrapper.

And the robot does the tedious job!

How the chocolate candies evolve (including how the drug store looked like in 1930s -where the chocolates were sold). They were also some old chocolate ads, including the TV commercials, in black and white!
And the real sized purple cow from my favorite chocolate, Milka!
Apparently, Indonesia is also the third biggest producer of cacao, after Ivory Coast and Ghana, but why don’t we have a decent chocolate brand in Indonesia? 
Enough with the chocolate knowledge and sample, I went to the museum store, and I got really excited. It was full of all different kinds of chocolate! Unfortunately, most of them contains alcohol, so I cannot eat it. But I got a really good one, a mango milk chocolate (and I Google Translated the ingredients -no alcohol/ gelatine!). Yum…
My next stop was Farina, Cologne’s Fragrance Museum, the oldest perfume store in the town, where I got a ‘perfume tour’ with a man dressed in 1700 attire. When I walked there, though, it was pouring…
Heumarkt area.
I couldn’t take pictures during the tour, but it was a great tour! I recommend it if you come to Cologne, but you have to book it in advance. 
Farina 1709. The website is: http://farina.eu/.
So, here is the history you’ve been waiting for…
Farina family originally came from Italy, and they settled down in Cologne in 1700. However, for out-of-towners, their job options were limited, so they decided to open a perfume business in 1709. Everything went well, and they had famous customers, like Princess and Princes from all over Europe, also Napoleon! Farina also invented a lighter perfume, because in the past, people tended to use heavy perfume and not showering for months -which made the smell became unbearable. Because of that, Farina’s lighter perfume became a big hit. So, some people tried to take advantage and sold perfumes, with much lower quality, for cheap price using Farina’s name. This was bad for Farina family, because the luxury image of Farina slowly decreased. After 80 year of legal battle, Farina could finally clean its name and be the only one to use ‘Farina’ name. 
What did other perfume makers do? The light perfume was since known as Eau de Cologne, instead of Farina, and it still contains 2%-5% of main ingredients until now.
In the tour, we also saw how the perfume bottles evolve, what the stories behind extracting a certain ingredient, and how Farina had an absolute sense of smell. We even got to see the old machines used to process the perfume, and tried different extracts: from bergamot, sandalwood, mandarin, rose, to jasmine. FYI, jasmine is the hardest one to extract; it can only be extracted before the sunset and only the petal can be used, and you only get 1 kg of jasmine extract from 700 kg of jasmine petals!
Here is the quick recap of my visit in Farina!

Imagining how much a bottle of perfume could cost, I decided to just look around. I still need to survive the next few weeks in Europe before heading home, right? Haha. Luckily, I got a free tester from the man in 18th century attire. Thanks, Farina!

I went back to Hauptbahnhof after that. I was unlucky, my high speed train ICE 1026 was cancelled, so I need to use IC instead, even though it was the first class. At least, I still arrived on time in Bremen and got to go to the market and bought groceries.

Next week, I am going to Heidelberg for my DAAD-RISE Scholars meeting/ DAAD-RISE, again, is the program that I am doing now, which basically sends students from the US, the UK, and Canada, to do a research internship in Science and Engineering in Germany. Hopefully you are as excited as I am to hear my next story.

On a side note, Ramadan has started, and I have to fast for about 20 hours, the longest one I’ve ever had in my life. Insha Allah, it’s going to be fine and I can divide my time wisely. Ramadan Kareem everyone! 🙂

Berlin and Its Long History

I had a chance to go for a day trip to Berlin last weekend, which I kind of regretted it. I am telling you, no one could explore the whole Berlin in one day, the city just offers too many different things, and they are all amazing.

So, I booked the train ticket to Berlin and I was lucky to get a promo ticket for one way (with ICE, the German high speed train!), and get a reduced price ticket for coming back (thanks to BahnCard!).

I woke up really early that day, and it was not good since I went to bed really late the night before to watch Korean drama. I know, it is a bad habit, but I just cannot stop doing it when I found VPN working and I could use my Dramafever account, haha. The weather on that day was not so great, either. It was drizzling, and really cold for summer weather.

Nevertheless, when I arrived, I could tell right away that Berlin is a ‘heavy’ city, compared to other German cities. It bears so much history, hope, and dream. Was it because Germany World Cup match was on the same day? Haha.

My first stop was Museum Island (or, in German, Museuminsel). It’s basically an island with 5 different museums on it. Isn’t it a genius idea, so a tourist doesn’t need to walk too far to go to all the ‘essential’ museums?

The first one, is Pergamon Museum. I never saw people waiting to get into a museum for 1-2 hours before, but it does happen in this museum. Pergamon Museum, is one of the most magnificent museum I’ve ever visited. They basically reconstructed buildings from history in the museum, so people could actually feel how it was to be in that era. They were mostly about Greek, Babylon, and Egyptian history.

I am sorry, my knowledge in history is really limited (I know close to nothing about world history), so I cannot provide you the details about some stuff.

If you go one floor up, there’s also an Islamic Art Museum. It was amazing to actually see Islamic art and how it evolved.

You cannot see the details, but there’s a calligraphy around the shape.

My next stop was Neues Museum. Pergamon Museum was really amazing, that when I entered Neues I was like ‘meh’. However, they had Nefertiti statue (the real one!) and it was amusing to see half of the total guards standing in that room, trying to prevent people from taking pictures. In addition, they also had some creepy Egyptian mummy sarcophagus (which, of course, is real), and other mummy-related things.

Oh, hi, there…

My third stop was Bode Museum, and there were only few people around, which means, this museum is not that popular. Although I went to Museum of Fine Arts in Boston pretty regularly (because it’s free with my student ID), I still don’t know much about fine arts, which is the main thing in this museum. Even though I was just walking around understanding nothing (I need to pay more for the audio guide, unlike in Pergamon), I still enjoyed my visit there. The building, which is basically a castle, was super beautiful.

I was walking on red carpet!

After that, I took the S-bahn and went to Berlin Wall Memorial. Remember that Germany was divided into West Germany and East Germany during Cold War, based on their politics ideology (socialist vs. capitalism)? Yes, you still could see some parts of the wall left in this memorial park.

The victims.

I was really dumbfounded to read the history and walk on this park. Some people who tried to flee to West Berlin was shot dead by the police. Some parts of the wall were built on cemetery ground, and some of the corpses weren’t moved. Crazy, right?

After that, I went to Brandenburg Tor, and Reichstag/ Bundestag. It was really crowded because it’s one of main centers to watch world cup match. I also saw MANY Indonesians. It was really strange to pass by people who talk in my native language, and it was in Berlin, not in Indonesia!

Brandenburg Tor: Berlin’s Icon.
Hyundai sponsored the giant screen for the soccer match that night.
Reichstag. Can you see the dome on top of it? I was going to go there, but the tours were fully booked from last week.

The last, but not the least, I visited Holocaust Memorial. I got goosebumps, when I imagined what happened to the Jews when Hitler tried to wipe them out from the earth.

Each block represents one Jew who was killed/ went missing.
In general, it was a quite interesting piece of art. The height varies, and it felt like I was in a big maze once I was inside.

I didn’t take a picture inside the memorial (the museum? Not quite.) itself. I was so focused to hear, read the stories. A quote on the wall was really intriguing to me, but I don’t remember who said it. It was more or less like, “Why do we need to remember this? Because it happened once, and there is no reason that it won’t happen again.” A really deep quote, which reminds me the importance of understanding history (not just ‘knowing’ it on the surface).

After a high dosage of history and museum, I was strolling around the city and observed how Berliners looked like. Too bad, as far as I could tell, there were more tourists than the residents themselves.

When I hopped on the train to go back, I promised myself to go back to this city at some point, and learned more about its deep history. The weather just got better once I left Berlin 😦

View from the train.

Until next time, Berlin Hauptbahnhof!

The most modern train station I’ve ever seen so far in Germany.

Erlangen and Nuremberg: Friends, Toys, and Beers

Hello! I am going to tell you about my trip to Nuremberg, Erlangen, last weekend. Where are Nuremberg and Erlangen? They are located in the south of Germany, in a state called Bavaria/ Bayern (remember Bayern Muenchen?). Why did I decide to spend 2 days in Erlangen and Nuremberg?

Because I had a little reunion with my high school friends (not UWC, but my Indonesian high school).

From left to right: Ivan, me, Fitri, and Anne. Fitri is currently in an exchange program, she originally goes to NUS. Anne is studying in Erlangen, and Ivan is studying in Hannover.

We were actually in the same class in grade tenth, and I haven’t met some of them in the past 3 years. So, it was really great to see them coping with college well and caught up with what’s happening in their lives.

I was staying with Anne overnight (thanks for giving me some space to sleep, Anne!), and she told me about being an international student in Germany. She is studying molecular medicine (so hardcore, right?), and I took a look at her notes and textbooks. Of course, they were in German, and I really admired her for that. English is hard enough for me, but German is a much more difficult language to learn. She also told me, that although the tuition fee is so much lower than most American colleges, she is getting really good education and learns a lot in class. Then, something popped up in my mind, why couldn’t we have that in Indonesia?

They were all having a break for Pentecost last week. So, they all went somewhere to enjoy it. Anne went to Paris, with her friend. She said that they were a lot of ibu-ibu pejabat (governmental officials’ wives?) who went shopping in Paris, and a lot of other Indonesians. Crazy.

Fitri, as an exchange student, has been travelling a lot. She just came back from her adventure to Budapest, Poland, and Italy. One of her trip buddies forgot his passport, and they were having problems to enter different countries. In the end, everything went well (that’s why she was with us, right?), and I saw pictures that she took, they were all amazingly beautiful.

Ivan, also took a trip to Copenhagen, and later he showed me his tickets, passes, and Danish krona. He was also telling us how the train entered a ferry (just like a bus entering a ferry to cross the strait between Java and Bali) to cross the mainland Europe to Denmark. I just couldn’t imagine, how big the ferry was. He also told us how there was a male mermaid statue, how expensive the foods were, and other things.

We also hiked a little bit to a castle in Nuremberg. It was beautiful (and it was my first schloss, too, in Germany). We also got photo bombed by Japanese tourists (and Australian tourists?). I will put the picture up once my friend post it on Facebook, okay?

Here you go! Thanks to Fitri for putting this pic up on Facebook!
The view of Nuremberg from the schloss.
The view of schloss from the road.

Nuremberg in general, is full of old buildings, typical Bavarian buildings.

A small island in Nuremberg, with old looking bridge.

In Nuremberg, there is also a toy museum, or Spielzeugmuseum. It’s not as big as the Maritime museum in Hamburg (9 floors!), but it was quite amazing to see how the toys transformed.

I could actually hear my roommate’s voice criticizing how sexist the old toys were, although she was not there. Yes, this one goes to you, Katie, haha. But, I would agree with her, while the boys could play with all those cool little trains, cars, or machines, the girls played the dolls, mini kitchen ware, or little house with different rooms, ‘to prepare them to be a wife someday’.
What would you like to eat tonight, Sir?
I didn’t realize it before, but Anne told me after I arrived, “There is a beer festival going on in Erlangen. Would you like to see it?” Of course, I would nod. Apparently, this festival was the third biggest one; the first one is of course Oktoberfest. It is called Bergkirchweih festival.
I was initially scared to see so many drunk people holding a 1-liter beer glass and shouting to each other. After a while, I got used to it, and actually tried to immerse myself in that experience.
Like buying ourselves churros. Thanks for the picture, Anne!
How did it look like? As you can see from the picture, there were so many food stands, not only the beer cafe. You cannot see it, but there were also so many theme park rides, like in Dufan, but some of them were more extreme. 
The festival itself lasts for 12 days, and during those days, Erlangen, which is a relatively small town, is filled with twice of its total population. In the first day, I heard that the beer was free-flow, meaning you could drink as much as you want for free. But, apparently, most Germans are really responsible, so they know how much alcohol they can handle, and don’t drink past that tolerance level.
Well, two things for sure, I can never get used to alcohol smell (it was particularly strong in the festival area), and I had a great weekend! 
So, where should I go next week?