Octoberfest has this strange way of bringing total strangers together. If you go to Octoberfest without reservations in a tent, it’s always difficult to get in. However, most tents open their doors around 10 pm as those who have been holding court all day long run out of steam. We went the other night and enjoyed a beer in the outside beer gardens before the doors flung open. Once inside, we went directly to the stage and found a spot on one of the benches right in front. Rather than get territorial, the people around us (mostly German) welcomed us with signs of Prost! This particular group, after only about 15 minutes, adopted us and invited us to an Apres Wiesen party. This was one of 3-4 similar experiences we had that night. In the end, it’s all about the people you meet along the way.