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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.