Its Festival Season

Trip Start Apr 04, 2011
Trip End Jun 14, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Rhineland-Palatinate,
Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday morning started with us accompanying Angelika & Karl on one of their favorite pastimes, shopping at the flea market. They drove us about 15 minutes to a huge market setup in a shopping center parking lot and encouraged us to look around. They come regularly, either to this market or to a number of others and have found some pretty interesting items so we were curious as to what we would find. The flea market closely resembled those at home, rows and rows of small booths setup selling everything from fish poles to American DVD's. While we didn't find anything to purchase, it was certainly entertaining to see. When our hosts decided they'd seen enough, we piled back into the car for breakfast. This meant heading back to Globus, where we ran into Angelika's niece and sister-in-law who we shared a table with for the morning. Della had a traditional German breakfast of coldcuts, bread and a hardboiled egg, while I went for a fricadella (hamburger sandwich). As is typical for them, Karl wanted to make sure I got enough so he brought me two which I tried my best to get through, but even trying to be polite I couldn't make it more than halfway through the second. They dropped us back off at the apartment after breakfast but not before announcing that they would like to have us over for a pasta dinner and we knew that we would never go hungry as long as Angelika and Karl could help it!
When Karl came to pick us up, a hurricane had arrived. Not literally, but the downpour of rain was truly impressive. We were lucky they had insisted earlier on picking us up because originally we were going to walk. Dinner was a delicious pasta and salad that Karl prepared, and a bottle of wine just for the two of us. They are really tremendous hosts, showing us pictures of the family and allowing us a chance to call ours on their flat-rate international phone (Angelika calls her sisters everyday so its necessary). We were so grateful for their hospitality and had a great evening of conversation (with Angelika translating for Karl). It was a little sad to leave them for the last time after everything they had done for us, but we still had some partying to do!
We met Jenny and her sister Vanessa that evening and they drove us to a nearby town where Jenny used to and Vanessa still goes to high school. We got to see their school and then walked a few blocks to a huge street festival where the theme is straw hats. We would call most of them cowboy hats though there was quite a variety. We pressed our way through the crowds to get to the ferris wheel. This gave us an impressive overview of the whole festival and the town around it. We enjoyed a couple of drinks and snacks from a food booth where Jenny knew the workers and had to take cover as a passing cloud threatened to drown the fun. Fortunately though it didn't last long and a nearby awning provided the perfect place to chat and finish our food while we waited it out. We headed back to the car, followed by the sounds of Cotton Eyed Joe and Who Let the Dogs Out which were sung by nearly everyone around us!
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