Tagged with traditional festivals

Fasching Victim

Looking around, I have difficulty processing exactly what I’m seeing. To the left of me, milling around in a crowd, are what appear to be a large group of pandas. While one lights a cigarette, another expertly opens a bottle of beer with a disposable lighter. On the right, standing quietly, is a clone trooper, … Continue reading

Obligatory German Christmas Themed Article

Obligatory German Christmas Themed Article

I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but while we’ve all been focusing on the build up to Christmas, decorating trees and attempting to wrestle the last bottle of Harvey’s Bristol Cream out of the cold hands of some unlucky pensioner, Britain has been invaded. This is a rather surprising turn of events, especially when you … Continue reading

Feliz Navi Don’t

Feliz Navi Don’t

  Advent arrived last week and in expected fashion, Germany exploded in a kaleidoscope of Christmas markets. The Weihnachtsmarkt period is especially important in my kneck of the woods as one of the largest and most popular, the Nürnberg Christkindlmarkt, opened it’s doors a week ago to an estimated 30,000 onlookers. Sadly, the excitement of … Continue reading

Britain, we really need to talk…

Britain, we really need to talk…

As a youngest of four brothers I learned fairly quickly that life was filled with unwritten rules. Although they were not always easy to understand at first, once you discovered one you didn’t soon forget. This was mainly because learning a new rule, unlike in the moralistic cartoons I watched on Saturday mornings, generally came … Continue reading

Logic, Lederhosen and Beer

Logic, Lederhosen and Beer

“Nic, why do you not have any Lederhosen?” As I pondered this question, I began to realise my sartorial faux pas. Looking around the beer tent at the Augsberg Volksfest, I was possibly one of only several people not wearing the traditional garb of the Bavarian. The longer I live in Germany, and the more … Continue reading

Lets all go to a German wedding!

Lets all go to a German wedding!

Weddings. I always cry at weddings. Mostly because I’m three sheets to the wind, but also because I’m very much in touch with my emotions. Why are you laughing? Damn you reader, it’s 2013 and I’m allowed to be sensitive. Anyway, Wednesday gave me the opportunity to attend my first German wedding and as per … Continue reading

A right royal shindig.

A right royal shindig.

This week Holland lost a queen and gained a King, good for them I guess. However, this directly contravenes all my preconceived notions of monarchy that I have painstakingly built up over 29 years of royal weddings, birthdays, funerals and general dignitary greeting. Damn you Holland, why did you have to go and get all … Continue reading