Federico in Spain

Federico is a senior majoring in political science and foreign languages, with a concentration in Spanish and French, in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The recipient of a Marion Tower Study Abroad Scholarship for Fall 2009, Federico is studying at the Fundacion Jose Ortega y Gasset in Madrid through SMU-in-Spain. He previously studied abroad in 2007 through SMU-in-Paris.

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Off to Oktoberfest

Our first full three-day weekend had arrived. A group of friends and I decided to travel to Germany for the opening festivities of Oktoberfest.

DSC03106.jpg But before we left, we were able to catch a concert in Madrid on Thursday night. Zoe, my favorite Mexican alternative rock band, begun my weekend on a good note.

DSC03205-1.jpg We arrived in Munich on Friday morning, and we traveled to Freising, where our hotel was located. Our first day in Munich was exciting. The streets were full of people as many had arrived early for the Oktoberfest celebration.

DSC03128.jpg I was able to do some shopping near Munich’s Marienplatz, the town hall square. That night we visited the famous Hofbrauhaus brewery, which can hold up to 5,000 people.

The next day we prepared for the opening day of Oktoberfest. Once we were on the fair grounds, we ate German pretzels, wiener schnitzels and cold beverages. We ended our visit of Oktoberfest after a few hours, as we wanted to explore more of the city at night.

DSC03118-1.jpg After resting at the hotel, we returned to Munich by train from Freising. On our train ride to the Ostbahnhof train station, we met two Germans who helped us plan our night. We asked them for a good place to have dinner and where to go for discoteques.

One of them took us the smallest restaurant in Munich, which was the best meal I had in Germany. Afterward, we walked to the old warehouse district, which had been converted to a cluster of wild discoteques. The DJs played some of the best mixes I had yet to hear in Europe. We took the first train back to our hotel.

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