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Roller coasters on a rainy day

Roller coasters on a rainy day
Hello there Cuties! :on:
Thank you for your sweet comments on my last Bento~ :rabukuma:
It’s been a while again… My stay in Italy was a big fail. :snif: Anyway, Im trying to enjoy my last days of freedom nevertheless.

Nina & I on the Italian side of the Splügen pass

Yesterday we went to a theme park or more exactly the only theme park that is reachable from Switzerland in a reasonable time, Europa Park! We couldn’t have picked a better day to go there. It started raining cats and dogs pretty soon and one of the main roller coasters called “Blue Fire” failed… but I’m not that keen on the hardcore roller coasters anyway. :ghihi:
So yepp, I was totally soaked after approximately one hour but that didn’t keep me from enjoying funny rafting and other aquatic activities. :jupp:

Wodan Timbur Coaster, it’s the first time I’ve been on a wooden coaster and the feeling was great! Totally different from the steely ones..

The last time I went to Europa Park was over a year ago but this time I only went with Silvankun.
Honestly it must have been quite boring for him because I’m still a noob at riding roller coasters.. :x: Next time I’m bringing along my fearless friend B. who would push me to go on all the rides I’m afraid of!! Do you enjoy roller coasters or are you afraid of the speed, hight and weird movements? I mean the really badass ones with a looping of course and not the spinnning tea cups… :tongue:

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Baumstriezel and other goodies

Baumstriezel and other goodies
Hello Sunshines! :twinkles:
How is the Christmas shopping going? Despite Christmas being so close I haven’t found many presents yet. I’m really not good at thinking of gifts at command and I prefere much more to make presents when I accidentally stumble upon something I just know it’s perfect for a specific person but spending money on a mass product that you can find around every corner is just so not my style (at least mostly :nope: ). I’m not regretting my decision though since I feel really pitiful for all the stressed people out there chasing presents for their loved ones. I prefer strolling through the streets and stores and feasting on the beautiful Christmas decorations and the scent of mulled wine in the air. Maybe I just grew out of the age when Christmas is all about the presents and am starting to appreciate other things like being with family and friends. Do you decorate your home during this time of the year? We had a really small Christams tree in a pot last year but it didn’t grow well and now one side is pretty bald so I’m afraid I will have to plant this poor little thing in the garden and get a new one. :snif:
I like having a little bit of Christmas feeling at home but I haven’t really found the time for it this year so I decided to cheer myself up with Christmas markets. :totorosmile:

The shop I liked best was a tiny shop selling Baumstriezel. The origin of this pastry is uncertain but it is traditional for Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. The dough consists of flour, yeast, sugar, eggs, milk, butter & salt. The thin yeast pastry ribbon is then wound around a wooden cylinder and baked over charcoal fire. It is sweetened with sweet spices, the most common being cinnamon, topped with walnuts or almonds, and sugar. The caramelized sugar on the surface, creates a sweet, crisp crust. Due to the fact that like the Baumkuchen it is baked around a wooden cylinder is often confused with it but the only thing they have in common is the hole in the middle. Baumkuchen is an Austrian speciality that is very popular in Japan.
It was the first time for me trying Bumstriezel and I loved it. The weather was really windy and towards the end of the evening it was also drizzling so we were happy to have this hot and yummy cake. :jumpingrabbit:

To follow ねこちゃん to the Christmas market, read on!

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Konstanz through cat eyes

Konstanz through cat eyes
ただいま帰りました I’m back everyone!
Actually this week I don’t have much time to blog but let me show you some impressions of Konstanz before I disappear behind a fortress of books..
Konstanz, with approximately 80,000 inhabitants, is located at the western end of Lake Constance (called Bodensee in German) in the south-west corner of Germany, bordering Switzerland. From Zurich it took us about 40 min. to get there by car. In 1460 the Swiss Confederacy conquered Thurgau, Konstanz’s natural backcountry. Konstanz then made an attempt to get admitted to the Swiss Confederacy, but the forest cantons voted against its entry, fearing over-bearing city states; Konstanz then joined the Swabian League instead. In the Swabian War of 1499, Konstanz lost its last privileges over Thurgau to the Confederation. I didn’t know about this fact until I read about it on wikipedia! I think it’s pretty interesting since I thought Switzerland never really “conquered” anything!

Because it almost lies within Switzerland, directly adjacent to the Swiss border, Konstanz was not bombed by the Allied Forces during World War II. Unlike Schaffhausen, who suffered a bombing raid by United States Army Air Forces aircraft which strayed from German airspace into neutral Switzerland due to navigation errors (they assumed the Rhine to be the natural border to Germany but Schaffhausen lies behind it..). About a hundred civilians were killed; the United States immediately offered a million dollars in reparations. Konstanz however had more luck with its location. It is said that the city left all its lights on at night, and thus fooled the bombers into thinking it was actually part of Switzerland. After the war, Konstanz was included first in South Baden and then in the new state of Baden-Württemberg. source

Although it takes you like nothing to get there and the ancient city is very beautiful I’ve never been in Konstanz! The city isn’t that big and you can easily stroll through all of the city in one afternoon but if you take your time looking at things, you may need two afternoons and that’s what we did. We randomly visited the stores we liked took a look at the Konstanz Cathedral and went to the lake. In the evening we decided to have Sushi at the restaurant Bo Dai Tei that despite its good ratings, really authentic and nice Japanese atmosphere unfortunately had only average Sushi. The restaurant however, was full, the Sushi chef Japanese and the tea was for free.
The second day I discovered a charming second-hand shop called Second Heaven. It’s been ages since my last secon-hand shop visit but the vitrine of this one was so well arranged that I just had to go inside and take look. The thing with thrift shops is, that in Switzerland (and I think probably also in the rest of Europe) they got so popular that the prices aren’t really fair anymore.. You end up buying something really expensive just because it’s “second-hand” and this kind of s*cks. Anyway, I couldn’t resist buying two pieces that I will show you in a later post.

To follow ねこちゃん on her trip through Konstanz, read on!
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