24th/25th/26th December – Christmas

Tuesday we sorted out our food for Christmas, then joined some hostel friends for a visit to the Christmas market.  That was very festive, with heaps of stalls, with many toys and creations from Germany, Austria, and a few from closer.  There was hot cider and mulled wine, and many great foods.  We tried a German pretzel and some candies.  There was a carousel, and a man playing the accordion, and a lady accompanying him on the cowbell.   It was a pleasant evening, and set the mood for Christmas.

 

Christmas market
Christmas market
German toys
German toys
German toys, pretty cool!
German toys, pretty cool!
Beer steins
Beer steins
Handmade crockery
Handmade crockery
TIn soldier
TIn soldier
German sausage
German sausage
More cowbell
More cowbell

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We spent the rest of the day when we weren’t eating or visiting the market, skyping family in NZ/Aus.  It was lovely to talk to everyone, but very weird, as it was Christmas Day for them.  I felt a bit sad at first, but it was great to talk to everyone, and it made the 24th seem like xmas to us, so we had xmas day the same time as everyone else.

the 25th was a very relaxed day.  We ate food, watched movies: ‘Die Hard’ at the backpackers, and then we went out after dinner to see ‘Catching Fire’ at the theatre.  There were quite a lot of people at the theatre, and a lot of people at the backpackers restaurant, all making xmas in whatever way they could.
I found the most delishus cider, an apple and ginger one.  Excellent.

 

Boxing day was all about sales, we bought many things, including a snowboard, bindings, snowboard pants, waterproof overpants, and delshuz amazing down jackets… never thought I would own a puffer jacket, but it is amazing, like a snuggly sleeping bag I can wear in public!  Yay!