After getting out of the gym I decided to indulge and grab lunch at the Christmas market right outside. (Happy Hannukkah, btw, everyone! Yesterday was the first day of that holiday.) And there was little question about what I would be eating: one of my favorite dishes that I really only eat around the holidays – Schupfnüdeln (technically not from Bavaria, but rather from Schwabia in origin). Like a skinny potato gnocci tossed with sauerkraut and bits of ham. With a hot glass of mulled wine, I was a pretty happy girl.
It doesn’t look like much, I know, but sometimes homely looking food is the best. Especially when you are eating it outside half-starved after a long workout in 3 degrees below zero temperatures.
And then…the oddest thing happened. I was suddenly surrounded by forest creatures. Monsters. Monsters that roared at you and hit you with their twigs and who actually were scaring the crap out of most of the little kids there with their parents.
Was the Best. Parade. Ever.
They were really creative and beautifully put together costumes and now I just need to find out the history of these guys.
So for now a bunch of photos…and more later perhaps with some more background on them.