Carnaval carnaval!

Da simmer dabei! Dat es prima! VIVA COLONIA!
Wir lieben das Leben, die Liebe und die Lust
wir glauben an den lieben Gott und han auch immer Durst

 

 Bienvenido al Carnaval!!!

La quinta estación del año ya ha llegado!! Mientras muchos países están acabando de celebrar la Navidad y otros aún no se han puesto a ello, nosotros estamos inmersos en el mundo del Carnaval.

En realidad llevamos ya una par de meses celebrando esta fiesta. Como ya os conté en Febrero, el Carnaval comienza el 11 del 11 a las 11 horas 11 minutos. En ese momento se deja de trabajar (sobre todo en Köln) y se cantan canciones mientras se comen Berliner y se bebe cerveza.

Otro dato importante es el disfraz. El 11 de Noviembre hay que ir disfrazado a la oficina, ya que a partir de las 11.11 la gente sale a la calle a celebrar el comienzo de esta gran fiesta.

El mes de Diciembre es más tranquilo por la llegada del adviento y la Navidad. Pero una vez pasadas estas fiestas el Carnaval vuelve con más fuerza que nunca!

 

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Aquí va un poco de vocabulario importante para esta fecha tan destacada:

 

Berliner

La tradición de las Berliner es muy rica y tentadora. Bollos rellenos de mermelada de fresa o chocolate que nos invitan a comerlos, pero… cuidado!! entre todas las Berliner hay una  rellena de mostaza!! Así que hay que seleccionar bien que Berliner vamos a comer para evitar sorpresas ;).

Karneval Sitzung

Son fiestas privadas organizadas por las distintas comparsas donde diversos grupos de música tocan conocidas canciones de carnaval y monologuistas cuentan historias divertidas. Estas Sitzungen suelen durar cuatro o cinco horas (desde las 20.00 hasta la 1.00 am) y son muy divertidas! Además de una buena forma de aprender Kölsch (el dialecto de Köln).

Kölsch

La cerveza típica de Colonia (Y la bebida por excelencia en estos días)

Weiberfastnacht

El día de las mujeres, os acordáis? Eso mismo! Este día nos toca cortar corbatas y salir a celebrarlo!!

Rosenmontag

Último día de Carnaval.. snifff… Pero para que no decaiga el ánimo los alemanes celebran una gran cabalgata donde todas las comparsas se pasean por la ciudad tirando caramelos a los niños mientras suena nuestra querida música típica de carnaval.

Alaaf!! Alaaf!! Helau!! Helau!!

No pararéis de decirlo cada vez que os crucéis con alguien por la calle!! En realidad habría que decir “Kölle Alaaf” (colonia es de todos) aunque hoy en día con decir Alaaf nos entendemos  😉 Helau es la versión que tenéis que decir en Düsseldorf, no las mezcléis.. 🙂

 

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Y ahora… A celebrarlo!!!!!

 

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Karneval 2015: The 5th season of the year

 

imageDüsseldorf and Köln get back to reality after the end of the 5th season of the year. After five days dressed
up, drinking beer and enjoying parades the cities get slowly back to calm. Then, after five funny days we
have to work and wake up early again… So, like if this was a time after summer holidays (including a post-Carnaval depression) I would like to share with you all my Carnaval memories (in this way maybe those who do not know it  yet would like to join us next year).

Weiberfastnacht

imageAll this madness started on Thursday at 11.11. That day we went dressed up to the office and worked only until that time. From that moment we started drinking beer and eating frikadelle while listening to music. In the meanwhile, we could see through the window how many dressed up people
where dancing and drinking beer in the street. In that moment the girls had a huge goal: to cut the ties of our colleagues and, after it, to leave the office and go partying. (This plan was only for the girls, because the guys should stay working at the office during the whole day).

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In our case we decided to join the EigelStein party in Haffen so we spent hours dancing, singing  and drinking beer while listening carnival german songs.

Friday and Saturday

Those were normal carnival days, the people were dressed up in the streets and they were drinking beer and eating bratwurst in the different Brauerei´s stands in the Altstadt.

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Sunday

That days was the Straßeenkarneval which means that it was the ideal day to have a walk around the Kö to see people walking and groups of friends showing their disguise and dancing german music (carnival music which everybody could enjoy because the city hall placed speakers all around the city)

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Rosenmontag

And here comes the most popular day of the carnival: the Rosenmontag. We decided to enjoy it in Köln, but to spend the day in Düsseldorf is also a good idea. The Rosenmontag is a parade,which starts very early in the morning, and walks around the whole city. Every troupe has its own disguise and carriage, each of them focus in a concrete theme. The men give flowers as a present while the crowd ask the people on the top of the carriage to throw them Kamele (candies). Here, unlike in Spain, the sweets are not only for the children, however, the “fight” to get a chocolate or a candy involve all kind of people.The view from the parade with the Köln Dom behind it is really cute, as well as the good mood surrounding the city and it citizens.

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I hope I convinced you to join us next year. For the moment, I show you some german songs so you can start training.

Helau! Alaf!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-WPMARn3qU

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Hamburg

Last weekend we drove a car direction north and we ended up in Hamburg, a city where antique and modernity coexist.

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Hafencity

It is the modern part of the city, here the visitor can find some warehouses reconverted in apartments and office buildings close to modern constructions, all of them connected by bridges. In front of the port it is easy to find some of the most well known companies of the world: Unilever, Der Spiegel…. Furthermore, there are some nice cafeterias and restaurants. As a curiosity, in this area it is located the Hamburg philharmonic, a modern construction which building costs where much more higher than the initial budget.

 

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Rathaus

This rebuilt building from 1897 is located in Altstadt in front of the Marktplatz and the stock market looking at the dock and the memorial of the World War I.

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Portugiesenviertel

It is a small neighborhood full of Portuguese (and some Spanish) restaurants and stores. This are area of the city was inhabited by portuguese fishermen many years ago, therefore we could enjoy traditional portuguese food and fresh fishes.

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St.Pauli y Reeperbahn

After a short walk starting in the Portugieseviertel we arrived to the most known district of the city: St.Pauli. Once there the visitor feels like in a different city.

During the day this neighborhood is full of alternative and open minded people, where it is possible to find different types of street art in the facade of the buildings. However, during the night this district becomes into an illuminated area full of lights coming from the different discos, sex shops and pubs. Moreover, there is a street similar to the red light district in Amsterdam (sadly I was not allow to enter and visit it because I am a girl).

I am sure that most of you have heard about this district for different reasons. On the one hand, St.Pauli is really known due to its football team, whose fans declare themselves anti-fascists and anti-racists. On the other hand, in Reeperbahn is located the “Indra” pub, where the Beatles played and recorded the demo which got the attention of their first producer in the 60´s.

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Altona

At the end of St.Pauli we can find this residential area full of stores and cafeterias, where it is nice to drink a regional beer as well as to eat some traditional sweets of Hamburg.

 

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Fischmarkt

Finally a plan not advisable for non morning people: the Fischmarkt. It is recommendable to go there early in the morning to try fresh fish. It is only opened from 5am to 10 am. However, there is another alternative for non morning people: to walk along the dock until the Hafencity and to try some fish & chips or some fresh fish sandwiches while watching the different ships berthed in the port.

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Bremen

And to finish off a nice weekend there is nothing better than coming back to the charming city of Bremen, to get lost among its streets and to end up eating Waffles in a cute cafeteria located in the old district of Schnoor

 

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                   “I was born in Liverpool but raised in Hamburg.”- John Lennon