Friday December 24th 2010
|Franzi and her family, and myself|
Today everyone took it easy. We four had a delicious breakfast of German buns, hard boiled eggs and oranges. So delicious. As every country has their own bread, I find that Germans really love good buns. They’re usually square with really hard crusts and garnished with any kind of seed you can imagine. I prefer them to the pastries of the French. I have to mention that a very thin molasses is also used as a common spread. That is something I have never tried before, and I found, that moderately spread, it is indeed quite good.
|St. Jacobi Church|
Franzi came with me to the hostel I am staying in tonight to make sure I got settled alright. She is so nice! The woman who runs the place was really friendly, once she got over the fact that yes, I do want to stay here. Apparently she is lacking employees at the moment. Seeing as there is a whole dance troupe of Russian dancers here, I really do not think that one more person is going to make much of a difference. Needless to say, I got a room. Yet another four person room all to myself.
|Hospital of the Holy Spirit|
no idea if it is still a
|St. Peter's Church|
I got myself an awesome pair of black boots that are resistant to the slush is also here. Turned out that all the shops closed at 2pm today, including the Christmas markets. I was a bit thrown off, but when you think about it, the services at the churches were all at 4pm and everyone goes. Having a Christmas market closed on Christmas does not make much sense to me and is probably why most of them are actually called winter markets.
|St. Mary's Church|
|darn, I clipped the tips.|
|Salzspeicher (Salt warehouses)|
|somebody tell me why|
Saskatoon does not
look like this.
|color me please.|
This evening I have been sitting at a table in the commons/kitchen/dining area, watching the Russians prepare their feast for tonight. I swear each of them has been making some kind of dish at one point or another for the past couple of hours! One girl offered me some crepes that she made for tonight. I was not hungry in the least, but I accepted the friendly gesture. I really wish I had something to prepare for myself. Like I said, I am not hungry at all, I just want to cook! Travelling all the time and cooking for one does not make it an easy task. Hopefully I will get the kitchen raging in Berlin and Frankfurt where my stays are longer.
|St. Aegidien Church|
|side of the Dom|
|Backside of the Dom (cathedral)|
|the Russians were outside chanting/singing for half an hour in the cold wind. |
all the while some of the boys were working very hard at layering water on the table outside to spell out: