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Dumpfnudel & laughs

Last Friday night I went over to my coworker, Sylvia's, house for dinner and a bit of a city tour. We all had such a great time. We went to Sylvia's village and had a very German type of dinner. It was called Dumpfnudel which was damn good.

dumpfnudel cooking
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vanilla sauce
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Dumpfnudel is a sort of steamed bun/bread which is served with a sprinkling of cinnanon and a generous dousing of warm vanilla sauce. My gosh, I can still taste it on my tongue....it was that delicious!
ready to eat. Yum!
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having an apparatif
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Syvia's mom hanging out the window waving good-bye
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After dinner Sylvia and I took off to do the "town", which is really walking around the town, more exciting, next door. The town of Bbeitingheim. We walked around in a park, listened for a bit to a band playing an open air concert and then moved on.
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Hornmoldhaus. I love the look of old timbre houses
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this town is renounded for its sculptures
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why, why, WHY are most of the words in german sooooo bloody long! try pronouncing this word 3 times
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We did a sort of detour and ended up visiting a small schloss. It was not big or spectacular but it sat on a gorgeous bit of water where the locals frolic on the weekend. Very nice.
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Posted by CanaGerm 06:57 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

F'n emotions

So, I was walking around the office doing some pre-goodbyes and I gotta tell you, I was getting pretty emotional! Me! I am usually pretty hard core so this is weird. Never once after getting off the plane in Frankfurt did I think for one second that I would enjoy Germany the way I have or miss the people so much.

I have met some really great people here who have not only extended a hand to me but also made my stay feel very personal and warm. I have been invited to spend time with people after work, been taken on outings, bonded with folks over lunches etc.. The list goes on and on.
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If you know me personally, you will know that my first month and a half here was really hard. Really hard. Adjusting was crazy hard but then something just clicked for me. I ended up making genuine friends here who I will surely miss. One woman in particular started to tear up today because we had grown that close.
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Wow! Germany has totally changed me and for the better. It was a learning experience not only for work (which I have to say was amazing because I learned so many new and interesting things) but for me! I dread tomorrow when I have to say my actual goodbyes to numerous people.
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Posted by CanaGerm 13:35 Archived in Germany Comments (0)

New favorite cider...beer..cider

Whatever, my new favorite drink of choice is Bulmbers cider. It is not beer but it sure will get you to a "mild" state really quickly.
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I love it! Bulmers, my new bestest friend. I can always get away with drinking this brew instead of bier here. Great drink without all the beery aftertaste. :)

Posted by CanaGerm 10:35 Archived in Germany Tagged living_abroad Comments (0)

Berlin Day 3 - Sachsenhause

Today I took my final trip with the same great tour company. This time it was the SANDEMANs New Berlin SACHSENHAUSEN TOUR.
small car used for tourists
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I don't have much positive things to say about this concentration camp, as you can imagine, so you can just take the pictures in and some of the captions. It was truly a grim experience for me and the other tourists. I felt very heavy and reflective on the way back into the city. I never want to go to another concentration camp again because I felt horrible after being at Sachsenhausen.
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a look at the actual layout of the whole camp
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i know it is hard to see but this building was called the Green Monster. it got that name because the prisoners who were actually lucky enough to work at this house (and not out in the elements) got to prepare & serve all the soldiers, guards, Hitler and his croonies the succulent food they were not allowed to eat. Sneaking a bit of food was punishable by death. Therefore green monster was born. i agree!
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the grounds
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inside one of the barracks/prisons
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solitary confinement. i am sure it was a million times worst for the prisoners
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where prisoners were shot to death
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the "oven". this was one of the most disgusting things i have seen to date of my entire life
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the "body room". dead bodies were piled up high in this room
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Our tour guide left us, at the end of the tour, with this little tidbit from Mark Twain, "History doesn’t repeat itself—but it does rhyme". Very interesting indeed.

That evening I took myself off the to the Reichstag (the seat of German parliament).

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Even at that time of day, after 5pm, the line was still very long. But I was happy to go in and see a huge piece of German parlimentary history.

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The next day my train left after 11am so I didn't have time for another tour or much sight seeing. I didn't really want to either as my time in Berlin was just enough.
grafitti art in the train station
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I had my fill of war, Hitler, graffitti, grimy surroundings, no green, and that overall big city, constant construction feel. I was not into Berlin but as I said before, I am glad I was able to visit Germany's capital.

Posted by CanaGerm 20:04 Archived in Germany Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

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