Street scenes from Denver's annual Oktoberfest in the Ballpark neighborhood near Coors Field. There was real German beer, bratwurst with sauerkraut, wiener dogs, games, music and fun folks. This family-friendly event is a great place to get your Lederhosen on!
Curly-cut radishes - they call them Radi at Oktoberfest in Germany, and their salty goodness is the perfect accompaniment to beer. You can make them at home with a vegetable spiral-cutter and little else. They are delicious as well as raw vegan, gluten-free, non-dairy and all that other healthy stuff.
On a hilltop in Bavaria just south of Munich lies the Andechs Abbey, famous for the monk-made beer, beautiful hiking, organic dairy and produce and an all-around monastery/brewery German experience. Nearby are the lakefront towns of Dießen and Herrsching, known to German locals as relaxing places to kick back.
Teaching English here in Germany affords me a lot of information about the local dialect and traditions that tourists wouldn’t normally discover. And that’s why I’m here.Here’s a good example. Two of the groups I’ve taught consisted of IT team managers at Deutsche Telekom, the German equivalent of AT&T or Verizon. I came to know them a couple of years ago and met with them almost every week on Thursday at their office building. We all grew to be friends. In the course of teaching them English, I was privileged to learn about their families, hobbies, projects and opinions. And last June they invited me and my husband for a “short walk” to a well-known local landmark, Staffelberg. I included quote marks in the previous sentence because a German’s idea of a short walk is vastly different from an American’s idea of one. However, they took it easy on us and we had a grand time. I made a slideshow out of some of the photos I took that day. Peep it:
The first song in the slideshow is called the Frankenlied, or the Franconian Anthem, which sings the praises of the glorious local land. The second song is called Es Gibt Kein Bier auf Hawaii, or “There is No Beer in Hawaii,” in which the singer says his fiance wants to go to Hawaii for her honeymoon and he doesn’t want to go because there is no (German) beer there. So that’s why they are not married yet, after 12 years of engagement! One of the lines in the chorus is “Hula hula doesn’t make your thirst go away.” They taught me about these songs at dinner after our walk.
is full of guns. The American stores in Europe are gun stores! Or fast food
restaurants! Along the way I was also treated with this view of St. Lorenz
church in the morning sun:
Nuremberg’s old town is quite large
compared to many German cities and it has a few different squares. The square I
was headed to is ostensibly the main one and where they hold the famous Christmas Market and in which the Schöner Brunnen
resides. This name translates literally as “Beautiful Fountain.” As
opposed to the ugly ones, I guess. But it really is beautiful. It was built in the 1300’s and is about 62 feet tall.
Its figures depict the
world view of the Holy Roman Empire, with philosophers, popes, etc.