This July the Munich Oxford Alumni Society held its annual Summer Party in the leafy garden of one of our committee members. The event took place on a wonderful summer afternoon. Everyone brought picnics, a BBQ was lit and people shared memories of their Oxford days whilst drinking copious amounts of Pimms. We were joined this year by the Munich Cambridge Alumni Society, so it was a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with old friends. Moni Malek (Kings College, Camb.) who is co-owner of Tuscany vineyard (www.terranera.wine) was also kind to bring a selection of wines for guests to savour and enjoy. The Summer Party continued late into the night with wine moving on to whiskey.A delightful and relaxed day was had by all who attended, and we look forward to putting on the event again next year.
The event combined a private tour though the newly renovated Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz with our attendance at a commented rehearsal of “Atlantis” one week before its official premiere. Both the tour and the commented rehearsal gave us fascinating insights to the infrastructure and the processes behind the performances at Gärtnerplatztheater. We very much enjoyed the event, not only because of the tour and the rehearsal, but also because the visit to Gärtnerplatztheater as well as dinner afterwards were a chance to meet new and old friends from the Oxford Society in Munich.
Together with our friends of the Cambridge Society, we watched the 165th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. As has become tradition, we gathered at the “Cafe an der Universität” (Cadu) close to the University of Munich, and the room was again fully packed with alumnis and current students of both Oxford and Cambridge.
After some technical issues at first, which we could resolve with the spontaneous support of some of our technically well-versed members and the Cadu staff, we tuned in right in time for the women’s race, which Cambridge won by five lengths. The men’s race was much closer though, with Oxford being beaten by Cambridge by a mere 2 seconds. As a highlight, this year’s Cambridge boat featured two-times Olympic gold medalist James Crecknall, who at 46 years became the oldest person to compete in the Boat Race.
We are looking forward to a rematch next year, when 800 years of rivalry will again be resolved in 20 minutes.
As a regular tradition, the Oxford Society in Munich kicked off the new year 2019 in style with the traditional Weißwurstfrühstück, including bavarian sausages, pretzels, beer and plenty of vegetarian options. The rule that the Weißwurst has to be served before noon dates back to the days when the lack of cooling facilities meant that the sausages would become spoilt quickly otherwise.
Together with our friends from LSE, we gathered at Donisl in the cozy Almchalet room, which is reminiscent of a skiing hut. Sitting along college-style hall tables and with a view right onto Marienplatz, a very diverse range of alumni gathered for the extensive brunch. The oldest of them have been to Oxford in the 1940s, while others graduated as recently as last year. Amidst the story-telling and exchange of ideas, some of the guests were oblivious of time and stayed on even after the booked time ended. Luckily, Donisl proved generous in this regard and even served delicious “Kaiserschmarrn” and other desserts.
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.
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!
The tragedy Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the masterpieces of German literature. While first published in 1808 it still fascinates the modern reader with both it’s intriguing story and it’s stimulating intellectuality. The exhibition „YOU ARE FAUST“ at Kunsthalle München reflects on both the piece itself as well as on its influence on other artists since its publication. We very much enjoyed our tour through the exhibition as well as the discussions that followed during dinner at a traditional Bavarian restaurant.
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.