Yesterday afternoon Laura and I spent a few hours walking around Cologne to shop! What better way to spend Valentines Day?!
Laura pretended to be American with me, it was so fun. She did a great job and pretty much fooled everyone.
Her accent isn't super strong when she talks English, she could pass as a Northerner.
It was great to have her by my side!
I got two tops, some radd pants and a few gifts to bring home. I was proud of my bargain shopping! The pants were only 7.99 euro and one of the tops 5 euro. Mom, you would have been proud! :)
I'd say it was successful.
We will be visiting Cologne again next week after Karneval. There are a few tourist spots I want to check out.
Interesting fact about Cologne, it had to be rebuilt after WWII. The whole city was destroyed. The only building to survive with minimal damage was the Cologne Cathedral (pictured below).
The city is situated right along the Rhein so it was an easy target during the war.
Walking home from the train station enabled me to visit the grocery store. The only vegan items they had (besides vegetables) was tofu and veggie burgers. At least they have that available! Sad thing is there is no hummus. So I will make the family some to snack on (as long as they have a food processor).
I will be making a chocolate run next week before I leave. I will need to bring back some of the delicious dark German chocolate for my friends back home. :)
Today I wasn't feeling well (picture below will show you my day's activity).
I have been resting because I will need to be as healthy as possible for Karneval! Which is a five day long party. I am so excited!! The kids get off school during this holiday, it is very special to the town. I will get into the reason/meaning tomorrow to start off the Karneval photo documentation. The posts shall be titled by which day of Karneval it is.
I can't wait to write all about it!
I will be going to bed soon so I start the weekend off with plenty of energy because I am definitely going to need it!
Transfer station. I like the name.
Magnificant!!! The Cologne Cathedral
The detail is beautiful.
Drooling at it's beauty! Interesting fact, people smaller than you and I built this cathedral. Hard to believe. How did they accomplish such great heights?!
A west entrance.
Super duper high ceilings! The stain glass windows were breath taking.
Couldn't get any good pictures because my camera decided to take blurry pictures only.
There was something about being in here that made Laura and I uncontrollably laugh..Oh, it could have been the fact that she said "Jesus' arm is buried here." I actually believed her for a moment..then realized what she said. :P
A really detailed tabernacle.
In a Karneval costume shop where we found out we weren't allowed to take pictures...woops.
Nice viking chick
Mean viking chick
America wants to stay Forever 21 and Germany wants to stay forever 18.
Cuckoo clocks! I'm going to bring one home with me, for sure. They are specialties of Germany.
Last night's dinner: homemade orange tofu! Yummmmy. Laura's specialty.
Everyone else ate chicken..
This was me today. Under the weather. I'm going to attribute my sickness to the cold weather and not being used to it, oh and not seeing the sun for the past three days...
I drank plenty of fluids and upped my vitamin dosage.
Hopefully I will be up and at 'em in the morning.
Yes, that is a scarf around my neck..
-------> Bis Dann
KARNEVAL TOMORROW! YUPPEEEE! I'm getting hyped.