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Photo Post - Germany
Im not going to post photos under a cut only Im too lazy, and you knew there would be pics when you friended this journal, so there.  ;)

So far my trip has been positively awesome! Silber has been an excellent (and sexy) host and I warmed up to the foreign environment a lot quicker than I would have thought.

Im staying in Hofheim at Silber's place, the first day he and his brother picked me up from the airport and it was a bit rainy. Still no snow, but that is to be expected sometime today or tomorrow.
I was amazed at the architecture here, it is truly marvelously cliche!



Furthermore, if you see these buildings and want to know exactly how big they are, Im going to have to tell you, not very big at all. In fact, the doorways of the older buildings are so small that most folks cant walk through them without ducking. For reference, I'm 4'11", and here is the doorway of one of the older homes.



And because the town is so old and cars werent even a thought, the streets are VERY narrow as well. A mini cooper is a perfect car for this kind of environment, Id even think my car, a Jetta, would be considered bigger by these standards.




Its also kind of refreshing to see they dont have such gaudy Christmas decorations outdoors but rather classy ones.



It is also wonderful because most things here are within walking distance of Silber's house, including the bakery and the deli/butcher. Its so disappointing that they don't have bagels here (Jews, please come back! We miss your tasty treats!) but the alternative..some kind of really good roll, sufficed. Also I have found my new favorite: Smoked raw bacon. Silber asked me if I wanted some bacon, and I said sure, and he handed me this raw slab of thinly sliced pork. I expected he was going to cook it but he told me to eat it raw, which, being the person that I am who is terrified of pig diseases, I was of course horrified. Apparently this bacon though is very similar to lox, in that its raw and smoked but is perfectly safe to eat. Oh god oh god oh god its so delicious!

As long as we were sharing foreign foods, I gave him some boysenberry jam from Knotts Berry Farm (The original...mm) and some fudge my mom and I made. He had never had nor seen fudge before, and I cant even begin to describe how funny it was when he and his brother opened their gift tins to see lumps of a glisteny melty brown substance with nuts mixed in. ;P

We also went to go see Narnia in Frankfurt. I will admit, Im not too fond of Frankfurt. Its very dirty and gross and completely unlike Hofheim. The theatre we went to was not very good either. It stunk, it was small, maybe sat 50 people per auditorium, the sound and picture was crappy, the bathrooms were unspeakable etc etc. It was kind of funny though, since the bathroom stalls have an "occupied" and "vacant" sign on the locks depending on if someone is in there or not, but of course they were in German. I kind of giggled to myself when another American was tugging on a door going "what does that say in german I dont know!"....really, just wait a few minutes and see, I think long bathroom lines indicate the same thing in every country: the stalls are occupied ;P

But I did take a few pics of Frankfurt. Sorry theyre a bit bad, my cam takes horrible night photos, but you can at least see the older stone towers mixed in with the 50's style buildings built after the war.




This scene looked very Gotham-esque, so of course I had to take a photo





Ill post more later when I get pics, right now we're hoping it snows *stares outside*
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silverfolfen From: silverfolfen Date: December 26th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Those are some amazing pictures. I'm so glad you were able to make it to Germany. It's just beautiful.

I hope you two have a wonderful wonderful holiday together.
From: kcravenyote Date: December 26th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like your having a good time!
The buildings and scenery look rather interesting there. :P

I hope you two are having a good time and enjoying your holiday.
camstone From: camstone Date: December 26th, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wanna taste treat? Have a smoked swinehocksen!
(Nom-nom-nom-nom!)

Oh, and if you see a drink called "Das Kroten Toffel," let me know... MUST HAVE MAGIC ELIXIR!
From: silber Date: December 26th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Das Kroten Toffel? O.o
dustmeat From: dustmeat Date: December 26th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neat!
jaxxblackfox From: jaxxblackfox Date: December 26th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

Reminds me of my trip to Bavaria as a kid, being dragged around my Dad's home town n' junk... I have to admitt I have no intention of ever going back. I'm just not into traveling out of country anymore (except to the U.S).
ruggels From: ruggels Date: December 26th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
No wonder silber doesn't have a car, He doesn't need one, really. the buildings of Hoffheim look like a movie set. I have expect to see people in 3 cornered hats, and women with lace up bodices walking around. Are the doors small because of the centuries of repaving, plus the subsidence of the soils, or did they just actually build them small because they were all malnourished? So how was dinner with the brothers?

Scott
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: December 26th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
dinner with the brothers was okay. I really like his younger brother, we get along like peas and carrots, but his middle brother is eh...a bit unsure of me and I of him. Fortunately hes not as frequently present as the younger one. I was really nervous meeting his family, we went to his sister and brother in laws house and they had some relatives over that didnt speak a word of English but fortunately Silber didnt know them either so he was a little out of place too. I really like his brother in law, we had quite a bit of talks, but Ill let Silber tell you how I fared, I was nervous as hell and trying not to make any faux pas.

From: silber Date: December 26th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually she put a stellar performance. She obeyed to all rules of manners, gave my sis a hug on her own, started talking on her own. It was really good and I think she made a very good and mature impression. Nothing to complain there at all, really.
ruggels From: ruggels Date: December 27th, 2005 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Dang! score one for the California girl! :-)

Scott
dragoncreator From: dragoncreator Date: December 26th, 2005 06:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Gasp* Looks like a beautiful place! I'd love to visit Germany some day. :)
desertcoyote From: desertcoyote Date: December 26th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Didn't know you were in Germany! Very cool- traveling into new countries can be a lifechanging experience. Hope you continue to have fun! :) Thanks for the pics.
From: swanhawk Date: December 26th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Germany seems like an amazing place. =D

Enjoy the rest of your trip!
featherlady_jt From: featherlady_jt Date: December 27th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Great photos!! :)

Had any Gluhwein yet?

I miss Germany. I lived in Kaiserslautern for a couple of years (very near where my family came from), and LOVED exploring all the old castle ruins when I was there. It was a hard place to leave.
aurorawolf From: aurorawolf Date: December 27th, 2005 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Very, very cool.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 27th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Frankfurt as in Frankfurt-am-Main?

Bearhug (he's originally from Frankfurt) said long ago that locals call the city "Main-hattan" because it has more high-rises more densely packed than any other city in Germany. (No wonder it looks Gotham-esque, it *IS* the Gotham City of Central Europe.)
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