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Your friendly neighborhood Hot Rodding, Rock and Rolling, Knitting Chick! Yeah, I'm fun like that.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I walked into a door

I have a busted up nose and a sorta black eye. I'm sext as hell right now.
Here's what happened.
We have a house guest. The DSB decided that we would sleep with the door closed. We normally leave it open. I woke up in the middle of the night and decided to use the restroom. It is PITCH BLCAK in the bedroom. I was half asleep and a hurry to get to the bathroom and pee.
AM think's it's broken and it has been bleeding a bit from one nostril.
There's a small gash on the bridge and it's purple.
I'm pissed.
I told the DSB to leave the freakin' door open tonight.
If it gets worse tomorrow I'm going to the doctor. As if my giant schnozz isn't prominent enough huh?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Dinner...Berlin Style

So did I mention that the food in Germany is made of AWESOME! I have a friend that does not eat vegetables, ever. Every meal I had in Germany made me think of him because, unless you count potatoes or beer as a veggie, there are none. On occasion you'll get a salad made from some iceberg lettuce and corn (seriously every salad has freakin corn on it, even the salad the DSB's cousin made had corn) with some sort of dressing that is usually creamy and sweet.
I gained so much weight there, but it was worth it.
Here's some Hi-lights of my gastronomic adventures....
Goulash soup.
Kauterfferpuffen...this is a potato pancake that had ham and cheese on it. So good...also you get a view of a German salad....iceberg and corn and dressing that I think was made from strawberries and sour cream.
Pretzel and beer. The locals thought I was on crack for putting mustard on the pretzel. We told them "That's how they do it in New York" so by the end of the day everyone was putting mustard on their pretzel.
KUGEL! Or cake. The one on the left is strawberry and the rest was this awesome cherry cake. The DSB's Uncle brought this over one night. We made a pot of coffee and scarfed cake. We then wondered why we couldn't fall asleep later.
The Best Sauerbraten ever. I mean ever. I make a mean sauerbraten but this seriously made me make a scene ala When Harry Met Sally.

More fun Germany factoids

I didn't realze that Oktoberfest is basically a GIANT sing along, complete with choreographed sparkler dancing. I sweat everyone was singing along then suddenly the lights went dim and then EVERYBODY (except the DSB and I because we are tourists and didn't get the memo about the mass sparkler dance) suddenly had lit sparklers. I mean there were at least 600 people there. Also everyone knows the words to every song that the band plays. Most likely at least half of the songs will move them to stand on the table and sing along. To be honest I felt a bit left out, I totally wanted to join in on the drunken sing along. Of course when they actaully played a song I knew (Country Road by John Denver) I was in line for the bathroom. What is with me and bathrooms?
And SPEAKING of bathrooms....
Germany is the weird toilet capital of the world. It's strange but no matter how nice of a place you are in, the bathroom is ALWAYS going to stink to high heaven. Another funny thing is that the Germans are obsessed with having clean toilet seats. In most places they have bathroom attendants who's job is to wipe the seat down with a rag after each person uses the said toilet. I can't think of a worse job than being a seat wiper at an Oktoberfest celebration where the restroom traffic is heavy and totally shitfaced. The funny part is you are expected to pay .30 euro cents for this service, and the seat wipey lady will physically detain you untill your produce the money. Oh and don't think of even trying to get change. She'll flat out lie to you that she has no change. Even though at least 300 people have used that restroom in the past hour, all paying the seat wipe toll, she has no change smaller than one euro. The really gross part (and the DSB's mother agrees with me on this point) is that they are using the same rag to wipe down the seats over and over, and they're not wearing gloves. They are essentially wiping a seat with a urine soaked rag. I did the hover at every restroom.
Which is why I was so excited when I came to this restroom.
This is a toilet with an automatic seat cleaner. This was the restroom at an eating estalishment who's name translates to the White Horse. This is the place that had the wood carving of a man on the pot. It's a toilet that automatically cleans the seat when you flush. There was a warning sign in German and English saying to stand before you flush on account of when you do that little device at the back comes out and the seat starts to rotate 360 degrees. No crabby German women brandishing urine soaked rags for us! Aint technology grand?
This was a close second on our interesting bathroom list.
That's a tiny soccer goal in a urinal. The DSB wanted this so bad. This one is broken. The one next to it had a tiny soccer ball on a string suspended from the goal. I told the DSB that if he stole it there was NO WAY I was putting it in my purse.
Here's an obligatory Schnitzel pic. This was at the restarant three blocks from the DSB's family house. The food was cheap and scrumptious and the service was Slooooooooooow.
I have loads of food photos but those will have to wait till later.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Germany it is!

Ruca Wins It!
I was in Germany for 16 days during Oktoberfest! It was a blast. We were in Berlin Mostly and I gained 7 pounds eating currywurst and drinking the giant liters of beer. Every once in a while I catch myself absentmindedly rubbing my bloated gut and then I laugh and think "This is my Beer Baby. I shall name it Kronig Pilsner, after it's father." Yeah my gut got HUGE. So right now I have a few hours before I go to work so I'm gonna hit the gym. I leave you with a photo of the Brandenburg gate with about a zillion coffee mugs in front of it.


Friday, October 10, 2008


Ok so everyone is totally going to get it after this hit but. I just got back from somewhere.
I was kinda keeping it on the DL because of the crazy obsessed person business, though I think that may be tapering off for a bit, hense I won't be advertising where I will be untill after the fact so they can't follow me there. Though I think it would have been WAY too much to be followed here.
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