Sunday, September 29, 2013

Octoberfest

We had fun, I'll say that first. It is always fun to see the friends we met there. But we had been hoping to enhance our studies of the various cultures that have populated California and to that end the fest itself was a big bust. Low attendance. Hard to tell what was Swiss or German about it, shy of one great older couple in traditional Alpine wear and a chance to hear the Alpine horn, shown below. A Chinese guy took our tickets. An African American family was running the kids corner. It had all of the diversity of any Bay Area event, with no particular emphasis on Swiss or German culture, language, food, or activities. Oh well. We got to dance the chicken dance and the kids did the "walk on water" activity shown below, surely memorable if lacking cultural context.

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