Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Jen at the Mainzer Christmas Market 2001

Jen came to visit me in Mainz while I was still in my Masters program in 2001. She was here the tail end of November if I remember correctly and caught the beginning of the Christmas Market. I love having guests! Jen has made it over a total of 3 times - once while I was in Freiburg as an undergrad in 1999 and twice since I've been in Mainz, 2001 and in 2007 with Jeremy. Always good times! Our door is always open! :)

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ingelheimer Christmas Market

Christmas markets are a wonderful holiday tradition in Germany and my parents joined the festivities in full force! They were here last year with us at the Ingelheim Christmas market. Ingelheim is a small town about 20 minutes from Mainz where Jan works and his sister now lives. Here is an official picture of the Christmas market:

You might have heard of mulled wine (Gluehwein) - it's hot, red wine with spices which is served during the winter. There is another hot drink though, which in our opinion, is much better: Feuerzangenbowle!

Feuerzangenbowle is an alcoholic punch consisting of red wine, rum, lemons, oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves and sugar. You can get it at all the Christmas markets, but we've only found it made the old fashion way seen here in Ingelheim. It clearly tastes much better than the others and you have your own little torched drink to boot!

The lady is firing up the rum on the sugar cube

Someone is excited - this clearly isn't the diabetic's dream though...

Here you can see the torched drinks

another great Ingelheim Christmas market tradition - the campfire!

The "Konfetti's"

Last year the Konfetti's - a singing group from Ingelheim - serenaded our evening at the Christmas market - this year we made sure to be back for their performance. We had a great evening in Ingelheim, everyone got their favorites: Feuerzangenbowle, bratwurst, Konfetti's and campfire! We'll be back next year, anyone wanna join us?

38w 6d - front view

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38w 6d

I have been slacking a bit with the belly pics - here's one from last night requested by Kim :)