I want to get all my Christmasy pictures posted before Christmas is over, so watch out, here we go. Let’s start out with a few more pictures of Christkindlmarkt stalls.
The stressed and preoccupied expressions on their faces here kind of negate the rest of the Christmas cheer, but somebody has to work to sell the stuff!
Then I went one night to this medieval-theme Christmas market, which was INSANELY CROWDED since it was a Saturday evening. I was going to meet up with a friend but for weeks around this time, the buses had been running late, and I kept missing the S-Bahn into the city and getting places 20-30 minutes late. So we didn’t meet up, but it was still fun to look around.
If I were rich I would buy these awesome candles and BURN THEM.
Ha ha, medieval McDonalds.
(Speaking of McDonalds, let me say this. I have probably eaten more McDonalds in Germany over the last three months than I have in the US over the last three years (if that statistic doesn’t sound that impressive it’s because I still haven’t eaten THAT much… a burger once and lots of milkshakes), and this is for two reasons: 1. America has Taco Bell but Germany doesn’t, so in America if I eat fast food I probably eat Taco Bell and not McDonalds… and 2. It is so, so hard to find beverages in Germany that are properly cold, but McDonalds milkshakes are ICE COLD. I LOVE IT. I have adjusted to drinking room temperature water all day every day, with no hope of true refreshment. And if I get hot, walking around someplace, I have tried buying lukewarm water and pop but it just makes me depressed. But I can still hope for a McDonalds milkshake, and I know that it will be cold. Sometimes it even makes my throat hurt. Beautiful.)
Schupfnudeln are these things that are like thick bready noodles, about as big as your thumb. They taste pretty good, but I still think it’s a weird thing to have for a meal, because the texture is more like cookie dough than like pasta. We have them for our main meal at home about once every week or two, and they put applesauce on top and then sprinkle it with sugar.
Roasting a pig on a spit. This is real.
Enough food. There was also…
Stuff to buy.
Not sure what these things were, but they look “medieval,” right? I guess?
Unfortunate picture, sorry dude.
ACTUAL medieval-style icons. I don’t know who makes these, but they are pretty great.
People dressed up.
THESE guys were just walking around the Marienplatz, a week later. Whatever.
On St Nicholas Day (Dec 6th), the kids (and I) got candy outside our doors in the morning, and in the afternoon we went to Felix’s kindergarten St Niklaus party. He himself showed up, dressed like a real bishop, and spoke to the kids in Bairisch (Bavarian dialect) so that afterwards when I asked Amelie what he’d said, she couldn’t really tell me. But he’s supposed to come and tell them to be good and give them a little present.
Felix was not a fan of this. He got very shy and had to have his mom carry him the whole time. Even getting a present wrapped in a Santa hat was not helping.
Finally, this is what it looks like inside the Frauenkirche at a concert.
That’s all for now, so Merry Christmas from München!