SJ on the Move

Friday, November 24, 2006

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

One of the really nice traditions in Germany is the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market). Every year, almost every town sets up little booths for a month before Christmas where vendors sell homemade crafts, gifts, and food. It is really amazing how large these markets are. There are dozens upon dozens of these booths, all lit up with lights.

Today was the first day that the Weihnachtsmarkt was open in Bonn, so we all headed downtown to take in the festivities. Of course, SJ's first stop was the carousel.

Tonight there was also a live band playing music. SJ had a great time dancing in her own little "mosh pit" that she formed in front of the stage with a couple other kids her age.
Later on, we found an even more elaborate carousel complete with multiple levels and spirals. I am sure we'll be returning there many times over the next few weeks. Thankfully, you get a good discount if you buy the ride tokens in bulk. So, we can stock up.

The Weihnachtsmarkt is also a great opportunity to enjoy some good German holiday food. In addition to the staple bratwurst, tonight we tried Reibekuchen (shredded cake) - which is a patty of shredded potato that is deep fried and served with a side of applesauce. Quite tasty. We also finished off with a Belgian waffle and some Dampknudel - which is a big ball of barely cooked dough that is covered in warm vanilla sauce and cherries. Very yummy!


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