Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
76Trip End Jun 22, 2010
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Forget beautiful people in full-body paint in Rio; boisterous Germans, festive costumes, buckets of snow and copious amounts of alcohol is where it's at. All across Germany pre-lent Carnival celebrations take place for periods of up to 6 days straight…everyone exhorted us not to miss this incredible celebration without going into detail about what exactly takes place during this "special time". All we were instructed to do was to ensure we were equipped with at least one really good costume (no small feat considering the sub-zero temperatures we could be subject to) and be ready to PARTY
Fast forward two days later, we are dressed for the day and equipped with some thirst quenching beverages…the moment we approach the metro stop it is evident, we are a tad bit late as a large percentage of the crowds has obviously been partying since the wee hours of the morning. This day, Thursday February 11th marks the first day of the upcoming festivities and absolutely everyone is costumed and is bathed in "Karnival Spirit". We embark on the #5 line in route for the unexpected mass pandemonium at "Zulpicher Str". In route, we receive a Karnival Music ditty, or as I like to call it "drunken serenata" courtesy of a crowd of festive/tipsy Germans. Once we arrive at our destination, it is evident that all hell broke loose on this crammed street and now everyone is rummaging for food…Adam and I curiously observed a drunk guy sitting in the ground gnawing on a piece of bread unaware that the contents of his sandwich were sprawled sitting in his lap…we set to cruise the streets and enjoy observing and taking pictures of the wide-array of curious costumes
Less than twenty-four hours later we were at the Dom Hauptbahnhoff meeting up with our great friend Luis who had traveled across Germany to also take part in the festivities. After some great conversation and some well deserved breakfast we started gearing up for round two. But wait, no celebration would be complete without first grabbing some delish street food, palm sized hash brown patties accompanied by Apple Sauce, sounds weird but so yummy!
That evening's festivities involved plans to hang with the local couchsurfers…Low and behold we found ourselves yet again at the Zulpicher, at none other than the Key West bar! ( so far from home :()Wonderful company kept us there for several hours ( in that time Adam got to do the waltz with a curious German girl) but the incessant Karnival music slowly chipped at me and I ended up pulling the plug on the evening at the tender hour of 11 o'clock, boo, I know!