For the 5th year in a row, and now officially as a tradition, the Munich Oxford Society has welcomed its members for the start of the new year with a “zünftig” Bavarian style Weißwurstfrühstück. This year, the gathering involved not only our friends from LSE, but for the first time also members of the Harvard Club.
Meeting in the Almchalet room at Donisl with view right onto Marienplatz, we were greeted with Pretzels, wheat beer and “white sausages” – which of course had to be consumed before noon. The rule dates back to the days when the lack of cooling facilities meant that the sausages would become spoilt quickly and the rule is still obeyed as of today.
After 3 hours of brunching and mingling, the kick-off event ended with the last guests being softly ushered outside and continuing their conversation on the busy Marienplatz – oblivious to the time whilst enjoying the company of their fellow alumni.
On Monday December 4th, 80 Oxonians and their guests gathered in the beautiful rooms of the Kaufmann’s Casino (the Munich Merchants Club) to celebrate the annual Christmas Dinner of the Munich Oxford Society.
For the first time the dresscode was „black tie“ and as such it took a little while to recognize familiar faces in such festive wardrobe and Christmas cracker crowns. Add gowns and it would have been impossible to distinguish the event from an Oxford dining hall.
We were treated to a delicious meal consisting of duck with dumplings and Blaukraut followed by a Christmassy cinnamon pudding. Bonny Palm once again accompanied our attempts at Carol singing and we were blessed to have Ian Howard deliver the annual speech. Ian delighted us with insights into British culture, politics and of course news from the royal family all spiced up by some subtle British humor. Thank you Ian!
Our chairman Marco also addressed the society and reminded us of the essence of the Oxford Society: who needs „networks“, if there is a wonderful group of friends, who like to have fun, laugh and spend some quality time together. After dinner the bar was highly frequented and minced pies were at hand.
At last, a big thank you to Nils and Valentina for once again organizing the Christmas Dinner! Congratulations on the excellent evening! See you for the Weißwurst Frühstück in January!
On a Sunday at the end of October 10 courageous, well-equipped hikers gathered at the foot of mount Wallberg (close to lake Tegernsee) braving rain and cold temperatures. And once again the theme “there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong gear” payed fully off.
The crowd scaled the summit of mount Setzberg with lots of chatter in the air and was rewarded with some beautiful, mystic views onto the lake, crispy fresh air and even some first snowflakes at the peak.
After mastering the quite muddy last ascent to the top of mount Setzberg (with a few acrobatic slip-ups of several Oxonians) the group could warm-up in the freshly renovated mountain hut “Altes Wallberghaus”, enjoying some delicious hot goulash soup. Freshly energized the descent almost felt like a relaxed stroll.
When reaching the parking lot again after this wonderful hike, the proud mountaineers did not have to say good-bye immediately, but could conclude the day in a relaxed atmosphere with some cake and tea at the parents’ house of one of our fellow Oxonian close to lake Tegernsee.
Sun, rain or snow – we will do it again next year!
Like every year, the Oxford Alumni Society in Munich gathered in late September for its annual Oktoberfest celebrations. While it is called `Oktoberfest’, the Bavarian beer festival actually kicks off in September already, to make use of more favourable Indian Summer conditions. And the weather was welcoming indeed: With a rainy kick-off in the Oktoberfest’s first days, as soon as the Oxford Society joined the celebrations, sunny conditions prevailed.
As a special feature this year, we welcomed a couple of freshers from in and around Munich, who were about to begin their undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Oxford. This typically Bavarian send-off event was done together with the Oxford German Society, a cooperation that for sure is there to stay, especially given that the freshers showed absolutely no lack of enthusiasm, dancing and singing skills compared to the more experienced Oktoberfest-goers and Oxford alumni.
The later the evening, the livelier the mood, and very soon there were more people standing than sitting on the beer benches, chanting their favourite songs about swimming giraffes and 99 red balloons. At the end, some even made it to the fun rides, but even while sitting in the rollercoaster, one could still hear the unique Oktoberfest-singing sounds from each of the beer tents.