Our First Day of Fasching

Trip Start Feb 02, 2010
Trip End Feb 02, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Friday, February 12, 2010

On Thursday, this thing called Fasching began for Felix and I. We went to Daniel's girlfriend Tanja’s house for dinner and drinks before heading out to this place called "Pik" I think. I was dressed as a ladybird, Felix was a pirate, Daniel was something with an American flag bandanna, Tanja was a hippy, Alex, another friend, was a surgeon and another friend, Laura, was a leopard. Most people dress up for Fasching. One of the traditions for this day is any female can cut the tie of any male. Very odd, but true, there were many men walking around with ties cut off. I cut the tie off some guy standing at the bar. I kept the bit of tie I cut off but I thought I lost it while we were dancing. The next morning I found it in the ankle of my tights. I was so happy I hadn’t lost this souvenir, but when I got home a few hours later I discovered I actually had lost it again. Not much else happened of great note that night; we all had plenty to drink and danced ridiculously. The night ended with us getting into a taxi to go to Tanja’s with a rabbit or polar bear or something, and not knowing where Alex had disappeared to. The polar bear wandered off into the night after giving Tanja some money and we carried on home. It was so funny, this great big bear wondering off down the street.

The next morning, Friday, I woke up one eye to see Daniel heading out to work and the two girls going off to school. Felix and I were left alone in this house. A few hours later we woke up properly, ate some cold lasagne left from dinner, drank a lot of water and started watching 'Two and a Half Men’ and ‘Charmed’ dubbed in German. Then Tanja’s mum came home. She is such a friendly person, so loud and warm and bubbley. She swooped in with “Hello, Hello, Hello!!!!!” and the next thing we new we were eating roast deer, brussel sprouts and spatzla with fruit juice. After that we walked back to Daniel’s house which was such a good walk.

For Friday night we went to see the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at Melodrom in Neugablonz, a town that was built after WWII for refugees from Czechoslovakia. Melodrom is a really old cinema that regularly shows new movies but also many old classics and cult movies. The interesting thing about it though it is it also as much a nightclub as cinema. It has a bar and a dance floor and smoking inside is allowed. The other cool thing is every movie ends with two dance tracks and a spectacular laser show. It was a much more peaceful experience this time to my last horror show experience. Last time I was in the Portland, USA and most of the people at this show were serious, hardcore fans and it was a very, very rowdy show. This time it was much less intimidating. We threw rice and confetti for the wedding and wore paper hats as people sprayed water when it rained and did all the other stuff that goes on in the movie.
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