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Tuesday
Oct112005

Wo Ist der Bahnhof?! (Part 4)

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(Above photo: A page from an ice cream parlour menu in Frankfurt that Juliane took us to. Yes, those dishes are all concocted from ice cream!)



Just got back from the cottage. Now to sorting out the chaos that is my office; I still have to finish unpacking from Germany, then back to general unpacking from our move. I have an article due at the end of this week; I also hope to get a query or two out as well, and resume work on my novel (which has been sadly neglected since I left for Germany).

I took my giant German Toblerone bar to the cottage to share with my nieces and nephews; they were very impressed. And I've started learning Italian in anticipation of a trip Jeff and I are taking (courtesy his mom) next year! My main challenge is that German words keep popping into my head when I'm trying to think of Italian. I'm going to try my best to compartmentalize my German language efforts so as not to mix them up. That would REALLY confuse the natives, I think. And me.

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(Photo above: At the Hamburg airport with Steve and Katy.)



Thanks to Gary McGath for sending me the German translation of The Hockey Monkey Song:

THE HOCKEY MONKEY SONG
Translated into German by Gary McGath,
with help from several German filkers
(Original music/words by James Kochalka)


Die Wissenschaftler suchen sein Gesicht.
Sie suchen den Affen, doch sie finden ihn nicht.
Denn er ist an dem Teich, mit den Kindern Hockey spielen.

Und die Mütter suchen jeden kleinen Wicht.
Sie suchen die Kinder, doch sie finden sie nicht.
Denn sie sind an dem Teich, mit dem Affen Hockey spielen.

Es ist eins, zwei, drei, der Affe ist frei.
Und mit vier, fünf, sechs, Hockey spielen ist ein Klacks.
Und sieben, acht, neun, niemand wird's bereuen.

Die Polizei sucht suchen sein Gesicht.
Sie suchen den Affen, doch sie finden ihn nicht.
Denn er ist an dem Teich, mit den Kindern Hockey spielen.

Und die Lehrer suchen jeden kleinen Wicht.
Sie suchen die Kinder, doch sie finden sie nicht.
Denn sie sind an dem Teich, mit dem Affen Hockey spielen.

Es ist eins, zwei, drei, der Affe ist frei.
Und mit vier, fünf, sechs, Hockey spielen ist ein Klacks.
Und sieben, acht, neun, niemand wird's bereuen. ... Ja!!

We pulled Gary on stage with us during this song so he could do his German version. Gary did a wonderful job despite having no warning that we were going to do this. :-)

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I've added some more photos to my Flickr Germany/Filkcontinental photo set, by the way. The one above, for example, is of Lissa reading my sister's newest book, "And You Can Come Too," to her son Alex. I very much enjoyed meeting Alex and Amy for the first time; I had only seen them inside their Mom's tummy before this. :-)

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Above picture: only part of the enormous breakfast spread generously provided by Juliane Honisch on our first day in Germany. Holy toledo. This woman certainly keeps her guests well-fed! Breakfast included various types of German meats, cheese, freshly-baked breads, crispy bacon, scrambled eggs, tea, coffee, juices, and a wide variety of jams (including quince jam!) and spreads.

One of my favourite food experiences of the trip:

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Sadly, I don't think you can get it here, though I'm going to look around for it anyway. Juliane suggested I try making it myself: "Find ripe (very ripe!!!! Leave sitting on window sill for a couple of days if it is not very ripe) and pungent camenbert type cheese. Squish with fork, mix with a little soft butter, add clove of garlic (crushed), onion (finely chopped), salt, pepper and paprika powder. Mix and blend all ingredients into a paste. (Some people add a tablespoonful or two of beer) Sprinkle over with fresh chives (finely chopped)."

Another favourite food experience was Katy's fantastic homemade salmon casserole. Here's a photo that Allison took of me helpfully assisting in the preparations at Katy's place.

Other favourite German food experiences this trip included:

- Cherry juice at a restaurant that Katy and Steve took us to in Hamburg.

- Ice cream fest with Ju, Christine, Allison and Jodi in Frankfurt.

- Checking out German supermarkets.

- Sabine's cake for Jodi and Allison.

- Sampling different kinds of chocolate in Germany.

- Eating at a traditional Hessian restaurant with Ju, Harry, Christine, Allison and Jodi. I had the Frankfurter Sepcialittätenteller: 1 Handkäs mit Musik, Grüne Sosse mit zwei halben Eiern, Salzkartoffeln, einkleines Rippchen mit Kraut, Brot und Senf. I liked everything except the Handkäs mit Musik.

- Sampling cakes, courtesy Ju and Harry! See below (Harry, Juliane, Franklin, Jodi and Allison):

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This photo and the ones of the cakes and ice cream were taken especially for Joey Shoji. :-) Click on the photos to see Joey's comments.



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