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Annual Oxford Christmas Dinner

To celebrate the end of an eventful Oxonian year, the Munich Oxford Society again hosted its annual Christmas dinner in the Kaufmanns Casino. As for a number of years now, the attendance of over 80 Oxonians exceeded all expectations by the organisers. 

The main highlight of the evening was the presence of the new British Consul-General Simon Kendall, who congratulated the Munich Oxford Branch to being the largest Oxford Alumni Branch in Germany and spoke about the continued strong links between Britain and Germany despite Brexit.

If nothing else, the Christmas dinner at the Kaufmanns Casino was a great occasion to meet old and new friends and exchange stories of the shared time in Oxford. We are grateful for many well attended events in 2018 and thank all the organisers. We hope that 2019 will be another year in which our small society can thrive and flourish. Merry Christmas.

Annual Oxford Autumn Hike

No real autumn without our traditional Oxford Alpine Excursion any longer – as every year a group of motivated Oxonian mountaineers gathered to enjoy a fabulous day in the Garmisch Alps. With lots of chatter in the air the crowed hiked up to the Stepbergalm through the misty forest. Even though the beautiful views of the Wetterstein Mountains were slightly limited through fog and mist, the group was fully rewarded by the delicious “Kaiserschmarrn” served at the Stepbergalm.

During the descend the hikers then even got spoilt with a change of weather providing a golden, blue-sky afternoon. What a wonderful day – we will do it again next year!

O’ Zapft is! OUS Munich at the Octoberfest 

In late September, Munich’s Oxford University Society met in the magnificent Armbrustschützenzelt for its annual Octoberfest outing. Around 30 alumni, 10 freshers, and even a current faculty member gathered around four long tables to take part in Bavaria’s foremost cultural spectacle. Bavarian music, traditional dress, and beer abounded. The world famous folk fest lived up to its reputation. It was a great send off occasion for the freshers and an opportunity to share with them some anecdotal advice to help them on their way.  Special thanks to Alexander Sandkamp and Caroline Weimann from the Committee for their hard work putting the event together.
We look forward to next year.
Prost!

An evening of Royal Song

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The Oxford Alumni Society had the big pleasure to enjoy some British flair from Windsor Castle in Munich again. Shortly after being prominently featured by the BBC during the weeding of Prince Harry and Meghan in St. George‘s Chapel at Windsor Castle, the Queen’s Six came back to Theatinerkirche on their 10thanniversary tour through Europe. From the front rows of a spectacularly crowded church, we could fully engage in a both captivating and sophisticated musical performance from their new album „Music of the Realm“. The pieces were interspersed with announcements giving enlightening background as to the history of the Ensemble and the chosen tunes. Each Q6 member had a say – all in perfect German and perfect British humour. The audience was delighted. The concert ended with enthusiastic applause and long queues to sign up for purchasing the Ensemble’s new album.
The evening was however long not finished. It was our honour to meet the Ensemble for traditional Bavarian dinner at the Bratwurstglöckl afterwards to jointly celebrate. The crowning finale was the spontaneous private performance of the Queens Six at the Bratwurstglöckl that will be kept in very fond memory by all Alumnis.

Oxford Weißwurstfrühstück 2018

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.

Christmas Christmas Dinner 2017

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!

Oxford Alpine Excursion 2017

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!

Oxford goes Oktoberfest 2016

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.