Wednesday, June 22, 2011
June 18th – A Thigh Slapping Good Time in Berchtesgaden
This was the absolute opposite of our disappointing experience of the Hofbrauhaus in Munich – here, we appeared to be the only foreigners, the atmosphere was genuine, the staff were jolly and friendly, and the whole place had a feeling of innocent fun. We were seated on long tables with complete strangers who spoke no English, yet by the end of a night of faltering conversation, based around miming and hand movements, we'd all had a fantastic time together, linking arms and swaying in time to the drinking songs.
The beer was tasty, the band played really joyful music, while the dancers (the men of course dressed in leiderhosen and feathered hats, the women in traditional Bavarian dresses) were energetic and skilful. There was plenty of thigh slapping from the men, and plenty of twirling from the ladies.
The audience were happy to join in with the polkas, and they even got Tracy up to do a bit of twirling and slapping – something she looked born to do, even if she didn't have a clue what was going on. There were some hilarious dances – one, chopping wood in the middle of the restaurant with wood chips flying everywhere, and another where they all stood on our tables and slapped away furiously.
To see a small snippet of the evening's activities, Tracy's uploaded a small video onto youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Yyp82g-__E
One of the most enjoyable evenings we've had in ages – prost!