I just got back from a sneaky girlie weekend in Köln (Cologne), Almanya (Germany). I had the grip the whole time I was there which certainly put a bit of a dampener on things but still as it was my first time visiting I tried to get out and see as much as I could.
So because I like my lists today’s list is 10 things I have learned about Almanya over my girlie weekend:
1. Alcohol is an acceptable bevy at any time of day. No shit. I stepped out at 7 in the morning to go buy Starbucks and watched 4 well suited young men wandering down the street with a briefcase in one hand and a bier in the other. I can only assume they worked in the financial district … or maybe they were lawyers.
2. Pork worship. Upfront I am ok with this type of worship. Hallelujah and all that. Bacon. Ham. Salami. Jerky. OMG – crackling! Again any time of day is a good time for domuz (pork). Why not start your day with a plate of bacon with crackling on the side before snacking on some jerky to tide you over until holy hell – just look at what they serve up for dinner! Yikes.
3. Köln Christmas markets are the place to be. Where else can you wear dancing tree hats or a Santa suit while drinking glühwein (red wine heated with spices) before munching down a sausage sanga and finishing it off with the more festive feuerzangenbowle (red wine infused with rum)? It is all about Christmas and the more Christmassy you are the better! If you are not into Christmas get the hell out of dodge ‘cause you are going to be the odd man (or woman) out!
4. Germans are tall! I mean freakishly tall. How tall are these people? I’m like a tiny little oompa loompa next to most of them.
5. The Gothic styled Cathedral in Koln is a treat to view and is monumental in stature. It can seat 40,000 people and took nearly 700 years to build. That’s a really long time considering it was built by Germans who are renowned for their efficiency. If it was built by the Turks we would still be arguing over the right paperwork before the first foundation could be laid.
6. Back to food. Sauerkraut and lahana (cabbage) are again an any time of day food.
7. More food. Deep fried camembert and maydanoz (parsley)! Why is it deep fried? Bilmiyorum but damn it was delicious!
8. Still on food. Ekmek (bread). Did you know there are over 300 different types of bread in Germany? That is all.
9. Everything is closed on a Sunday. Well not churches and probably not the brothels either (prostitution is legal in Germany) but shops are which kind of sucks. Sundays are also known as a quiet day so no mowing of the lawns either. I guess it’s so you can get over that monumental hangover that you have from all the bier and feuerzangenbowle that you have consumed.
10. David Hasslehoff! I already knew he was a thing over in Germany but to hear his music blasting through the speakers at our hostel on a constant loop was a little hard to handle. Well done though David. Well done.
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Oh yes, if nothing else the Germans love their food. When we had students, their appetites were exceedingly healthy (apart from the part time ‘vegetarians’ who enjoyed a Big Mac, despite being told not to eat any beef in the UK)
Hope you brought a well-filled suitcase back with you.
I was a good girl but I can’t say the same about my friends lol
Takes me back…. Köln markets over a very bitterly cold December weekend in 1999
Oh my gosh.!! That sounds like so much fun.!! We have a German Christkindlmarket here in Chicago during the holidays where you can find much of the Christmasy food and drink you mention. But I bet it’s better in Cologne 🙂
It was pretty crazy I admit.
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Bread, 300 different types? Now that’s breadily scary! 🙂
“We found bread in a toastless place”.