Oh boy! I'm pretty sure that I had one of the most enjoyable nights I've had so far in this 2+ week party they call the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
After an enjoyable morning wandering around and checking out the attractions at Conchord Place, like the impressive transformation of the Science World building into the HQ for the Russian 2014 Sochi Olympic preview, I ended up meeting TJ and his cousin Dayna at the "German House".
Essentially a large tent, painted up to appear like a Bavarian beer hall, the German House is down on Vancouver's waterfront, wedged in between Waterfront Station and the Steamworks Brewery.
It reminded me a hell of a lot of my visit to the Oktoberfest in Munich almost 9 years ago with long rows of communal tables and benches; rowdy bands playing funny but entertaining music; lager, and lots of it, flowing freely; and of course plenty of new friends to share some great laughs and good times with.
After lining up for roughly 30 minutes to get in, somehow we managed to score a vacant few spots at one of the tables smack bang in the middle of the rabble where we instantly made some new friends left and right including a young German/Canadian girl named Maria (we nicknamed her Heidi – not sure if she liked that or not) and her Dad who absolutely looked the part (see pic below).
There's been plenty of discussion in the streets as to which of the large tents (Irish House & German House) is the better option for an evening out.
I've now done both pretty comprehensively, and can say without hesitation that you should throw on your lederhosen, twist your hair into plaits and rock on down to the German House. You won't regret it!