Saturday, January 2, 2016

Welcome to Deutschlaaaand

Bonjour Tout le Monde,

I hope this post finds you all well. I hope all of your holiday festivities were filled with love, happiness, and a sense of appreciation. I would also like to wish you all a Happy New Years!

So, yes, I am finally in Europe! The plane flight was great. I have a fear of sleeping on any form of transport, but I managed to get some sleep during all of my flights. Before I knew it, I was getting off the plane in Germany and waiting for my friends to pick me up. I have to say hands down that this was one of my most memorable New Years. I had the pleasure of learning about the various traditions that Germans do to celebrate the current year while welcoming the new year.

First and foremost, German has become one of the many languages on my to learn list. Never have I been so pleasantly confused in my entire life. The whole night, I was surrounded by non-stop German and by the time I left, I learned some words such as,

  • Guten Morgen, which means good morning
  • Danke, which means thank you
Lol and other words that I don't remember :D!

Secondly, I received so much love that night from the entire family. To begin the new year festivities, we started out by watching a very traditional comedy called, "Dinner for One." The very first episode came out in Germany in 1972, and it has become a tradition to watch this 18-minute video every new year. It is about a woman who is celebrating her 90th birthday with her friends (who died many years ago). Her butler acts as each friend and they follow the same procedure every year! It was quite hilarious once I was able to watch the English version.

After that, we had Raclette! It was amazing! There were a plethora of food items placed on the table with two large grills. We then were all given smaller iron plates to make our own tiny meals! It is essentially like fondue, minus all of the cheese! We sat there for hours talking, eating, and drinking boatloads of wine! It was absolutely delightful.

We then sat around the table once more and passed around a bowl of fortune cookies. We each opened them and read them in both German and English. You can only imagine how much I butchered those words. By the second cookie, I had my friend Tonye read German and I read English. We were then given a four leaf clover plant! I believe it is supposed to symbolize luck. I remember I once found a four-leaf clover and I gave it away (I know, completely stupid of me), but now I have a pot full of four-leaf clovers! I am one lucky chick.

Lastly, we opened a new bottle of champagne called Brut Dargent', that we had to finish in order to launch rockets out of. Now that was amazing! The next day we went over and had this cool casserole that is called Auflauf, which is essentially the leftovers from the Raclette we had. Potatoes are used as the base.It was yum! We even took some home.

Overall, I had an amazing time with a bunch of amazing and kind people. I loved learning a bit more about the German culture and trying all of these amazing new foods. So check out the pictures below and I will be posting my day of discovery in Kassel, Germany soon!

Avec amour et bisous,


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