Friday, November 25, 2011

Weihnachtsmarkt

There is a Xmas market that starts up in many cities in Germany. Like about 2000 of them, I read.

Here in Dusseldorf it is no exception. It is kind of weird, because at 5 p.m. it is already dark. So when you trap out, you think it is night time and everyone is standing around eating and drinking from all the stalls.

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This is what they look like when daylight briefly comes to Europe.

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And this is what it looks like at night. This runs the whole of December. As always, the stands that sell alcohol have the most customers, then the food stands, of which there are very many.

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Lots of them like this. Very well made, relatively mobile, and staffed mostly with sharp, friendly people.IMG_7474

This became our instant favorite plonk stand.

They sell stuff called Feuerzangenbowle

 Feuerzangenbowle is prepared in a bowl, similar to a fondue set, which usually is suspended over a small burner. The bowl is filled with heated dry red wine spiced with cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange peels. Then a sugar cone is soaked with rum and set alight above it, melting and caramelizing the sugar. More rum is poured with a ladle until all the sugar has melted and mixed with the wine.

Never mind, it is fracking delicious. It’s got an orangie and cinnamon flavor with the hot steam….dangerously lekker stuff.IMG_7480

This stand is like on an industrial scale.

Beautiful copper pots filled with hot hooch.

Check out the sugar cones at the top. You pay a 2 EU deposit for a mug and then 3 bucks for the swill.

I asked them if I can’t just bring a five litre jug and be done with it….. They shook their heads and looked at me funny….

They also don’t have any hooch during the year, only during this time.

Dudes, franchise this, make a deal and become the new Red Bull.

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I pulled this picture off the ‘net. For sure we going to buy one of these thingi’s and partake.IMG_7481

Serendipity sometimes makes for a nice picture.

There is just one thing in Germany that takes some getting used to.

Germans stand around and eat and drink their stuff. They also walk and eat their lunch and drink their coffee whilst walking. They don’t sit down.

So no chairs around.

So after a nights plonking you go home drunk and with tired feet to boot.

Which is probably a good thing, because if there were chairs, many more mugs of plonk would have been drunk, resulting in retarded performance the next day.IMG_7466

Some people make their stand really nice.IMG_7479

This is a shop just a bit up the road. Very effective and really well done display.IMG_7476

You pick out shoes online and then this dude brings you your selection to choose from. Very innovative. Also, when you look down from your flat, you can easily see he has arrived.IMG_7477Ol’ Schpeckles, discovering that chewing Styrofoam is cool.

He also likes greenery, which is great, because sometimes it is difficult to get these birds to eat anything other than dry food. Vitamins and all that stuff.

I got him finger tame already and every morning he sings up a storm. He is a really nice little dude.

But you can see he is still a young bird.

He  is lomp like anything, and he bliksems over everything.

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