Kolle Alaaf!!

Trip Start Dec 22, 2009
Trip End Jun 22, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , North Rhine-Westphalia,
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Here we are sitting in the Cologne/Bonn Airport getting ready to embark on the true adventure, but wait first we must tell you about what we've been up to for the last 6 days…let's just say it was and wasn't what we'd expected...

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. Therefore, we formed a Karnival costume task-force in search for funny/creative and more importantly warm costumes to carry us through the festivities. Tati and I went crusading around the city hitting up all of the temporary costume shops and a consignment shop on the way. We returned with our own version of "sailor-girl" outfits and Adam had to outdo everyone with his witty and infamous "curry wurst" pig costume!

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. Soon thereafter we met up with Peter, our witty British couch surfing buddy for some more Karnival activities which ultimately led indoors ( remember it's freezing cold), but not before I somehow managed to drop my sailor hat on the port-o-potty floor! Thankfully the first club of our Karnival club experiences played a disproportionate amount of Michael Jackson and James Brown and was not as much compelled to tirelessly play Karnival music. One too many Kolsch later we were retired for our first day of Karnival, let's see what tomorrow brings?!?

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!
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tkallmann on

Great memories!!! Gracias por compartir!!

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