Once again, after getting home from a trip, I've put my "take" on the kitchen table so I can see what all crap I've hauled home. I seem to be whittling down my tastes and buying strategically -- food and clothes!
- 8 pairs of stylish department store tights (Strumfhosen)
- 5 big bars of delectable German chocolate
- 3 bags of Katjes brand licorice (1 for Mom)
- 2 250 g. bags of black Dutch licorice (one for me, one for Mom)
- 2 very trendy retro sleeveless shirts
- 2 German magazines
- 1 music-box tin of Nurnburger lebkuchen (cookies, for Mom)
- 1 tin anisette candies (for Mom)
- 1 Kinder egg
- 1 pair cool new black and red wine colored sneakers
- 1 Medieval/folk CD
A few notes...
Only thing notably absent is shampoo and bath products; this is because I stocked up so much in England I really thought I could skip that.
It's funny. Some people think OK, European shopping, would be like this super expensive stuff, designer and whatever, but I tend to get all my stuff at supermarkets, teen girl shops, regular dept. stores, drug stores.
This trip I shopped in both Frankfurt and Bonn. Although Frankfurt was the more upscale and all, personally I prefer Bonn because from what I saw, Frankfurt is just a hell of a lot uglier. Really I guess some parts are OK but Bonn is more intimate and doesn't have those horrible large stretches of cold windy barren streets and ugly skyscrapers. Cologne is also a lot nicer than Frankfurt. Oh, well, I guess I am learning!
More trips to Germany will come in the future, for sure. Right now Marja and a team of Wraeththu role-players are forming up to take part in the New Order event in Hannover and she really wants me (and Storm) to go to that. Not *quite* sure if I will, although it sounds fab. I'd also like to go visit yakalskovich
in Munich. And then there is this idea I have for visiting Hamburg and also Bremen where my grandparents were from (and there is supposed to be an emigrant museum there). Oh, and Berlin!