Igor Travels Abroad

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Traveling to Bonn, home of Gummy Bears, Beethoven, old Capital of Germany and Lust of Lexus (the show)….

We first got lost and found an old trailer at the address we put in. Then, after stopping by the gas station, running squealing to the bathroom and buying peanuts, I was ready to go!

This afternoon, my host-family and I went off to Bonn, because my host-dad has an exhibition there for the company he is the boss of. Here is some of the pictures of the exhibition. If your interested in having fantastic, custom made furniture, consider this company. They are international and have made the furniture for huge companies, Berlin Opera House, a wide variety of German banks and so much more! (they made everything in the picture below, including the glass).

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Later, we explored the hotel, where it was located (5+ Stars with my host-dad’s company help make), and had a few little desserts to eat. I also got to see a wonderful view of the Rhine River.

 

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Today was also the Bonn marathon. I am training for a half-marathon next month. Yes, in Germany, one must be 18 to run a full marathon! HOW DUMB? You can drink at 16, but run at 18? Okay….

A car  I liked at the exhibition.

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And finally, meeting and talking to Jan Kralitschka, the Bachelor of Germany.

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Hope you enjoyed the peaceful Sunday update. I definitely found the day fun.

Best to you,

Igor

 


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Adventszeit und der Weihnachtsmarkt

December has come and so have the Christmas markets and Advent. At this time, people decorate their houses, go shopping at the markets, and make traditional Christmas food.

You’ll see them later, but first, let’s go rock climbing!

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Here is the entrance to the Weihnachtsmarkt at the Kölner Altstadt.

Let’s go in and look around!

IMG_4052After entering and shoving through the crowd, we will see some of the shops on the left.

IMG_4059This shop was very interesting. It was the scene of the Birth of Jesus and Christmas ornaments.

Let’s continue on….

IMG_4058Everyone is getting ready for Christmas. In front of us, you can see a family discussing  what to buy at the Nutcracker Stand.

You getting hungry yet? There is a very yummy smell in the air. Let’s make our way through the center of the Weihnachtsmarkt and see where it is coming from!

IMG_4060Look at all these people! And in the trees, the decorations, they are so bright.

What is that on the roof? Let’s move closer and see what is there.

IMG_4067Look! It’s all covered in moss. Just the perfect Christmas touch to it.

IMG_4074Here we are in the center! Let’s find where the smell is coming from.

IMG_4068There’s the dome at our right! Take a look and see if you can tell what time it is.

IMG_4076Hmm. I don’t see the food anywhere, but I do see a carousel full of laughing kids, with their parents.

IMG_4072Maybe here? No, just some reindeer and elves.

IMG_4034Not here either? That’s just the Christmas tree.

Look! There it is!

Copyright www.igorcbyx.wordpress.com 2013We found the Reibekuchen! Reibekuchen are little ‘cakes’ made of grated potatoes, fried in oil, and served hot with applesauce. I didn’t take a photo, because I was busy eating. Did I tell you that they tasted amazing?

Let’s go burn some of those calories off and have some fun.

IMG_4078Grab some shoes and get on the ice! We are going ice skating!

IMG_4050Still not tired? Grab your friends and go play some soccer near the center of the Köln Cathedral, right outside the Hauptbahnhof.

Now that we are all exhausted, let’s go home and light some candles. What’s that on the street? What does it say?

IMG_4080Merry Christmas!

IMG_3989Let’s light the first candle. it’s Adventszeit, you know? Every Sunday we light a candle, up until Heiligen Abend, the night before Christmas.

I’m happy I could give you the tour today. Let me know and share with others if you enjoyed it!

Have a great day and Take Care,

Your tour guide,

Igor

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