Young, Broke and Abroad: Fasching In Germany

Fasching, known to Americans as “Fat Tuesday” is celebrated a bit differently in Germany. When I was traveling through Germany in February and March I kept noticing Halloween stores open. I didn’t think much of it.

Drinks at Fasching

I saw big posters in train station, on the subway and in coffee shops for a Tuesday event. On the posters there were “costume contests” with great prizes everywhere.  Again, I did not think much of it.

Before I left to Germany I was hooked up with a friend, of a friend’s phone number – in case something happened to me – because I was traveling alone. I called these new friends and they came and met me out in Munich for Fasching. This celebration was unlike anything i’d ever seen.

Fasching in Germany

Fasching was half Halloween and half Oktoberfest! Everyone was dressed up in costumes, drinking at bars in the middle of the street like Kiosks. They were trailers people dropped off – serving hot drinks of rum and god knows what else. Live music was around ever corner and in the middle of the day it was so packed, that people were touching me on all sides. I have never been in a group that size – ever!

We celebrated like locals, trying hot drink concoctions I couldn’t even pronounce, enjoyed music in the freezing cold Germany winter – with snow all around us. I learned about my new friends, the woman (was from America) was on Holiday in the Dominican Republic, when she met a Scottish man and fell in love. They are now married living in Ulm, Germany. The interesting part is that she used the money she was saving for a wedding to go on that trip – she thought she should enjoy it – and ended up meeting her husband.