Monday, August 1, 2011

Koblenz and the surprise fest!

We braved Ikea this past Saturday, and braved is the word-who knew?, to outfit the girls room and hopefully find a couch we both like. Word of wisdom- don't go to Ikea on Saturday. Ever. Take a weekday off, use your vacation hours, whatever, and go on a Tuesday. That was insane. And this is in Germany! For those of you who haven't been-it's obviously enormous, so they put arrows to take you through the "right" direction. Now in America, those arrows would be suggestions and I'll damn well go wherever I want. In Germany they are all about rules and systems, you follow the arrows. I can only imagine what that would have been like with people not following the arrows! Combine all this with 2 tired kids and 1 husband who hates shopping.  By the grace of God alone, in no jest, did we make it out of there with anything at all. I will say though, we had a lovely lunch! Swedish meatballs and beer- what a great shopping break! And they have this awesome family section where you eat around this little circus tent looking thing and your kids go bonkers in said tent while you sit, drink your beer, and watch them vibrate with energy. Love it. Very family friendly place. Even "family" parking spots- so your kids can open their doors without your running to make sure they don't hit the other car!
So we get through all this and we're still married ;) and have a kid's bedroom set (all in our car- it's mind boggling that a whole entire bunk bed can fit in that box) and have to try and hit the shopping district as my better half has lost his shoes in the bottom of a lake in another country. Roll Call. We find a "mall" and it turns out it's next to an open air spot so we hit the latter, and not only find shoes in 30 minutes (record time for the hubby), but also find a pair for me on clearance (yay!) AND a surprise festival! I have no idea what we were celebrating, but that was fun! Wait till you see the photo of the hubby's dinner, ha! They had fresh fried fish that was huge on a little, tiny bun! I don't even like fish and that was pretty good! Had to take a photo. And it was bachelorette/bachelor party night apparently so that added to the fun. It was a wonderful evening and so made up for the insanity of Ikea!
I did get the girls' room almost all finished, it will be when their bookshelf and Boon Bag get here, and I find a bigger rug, so I'll take pictures soon. Their little bunk beds are too cute!
This is the Family Parking spot. Why aren't these everywhere??
Beautiful church on our walk to the shopping area.
Can you see the pirate looking ladies? They're a bachelorette party with basket of liquor and you pay a euro to take a shot with the bride to be!

One posing, one pissed. It was a long day.

Really neat Noah's Ark fountain. I should have taken a better photo to show the dove with the wig and the mammary glands on the front!

Turns out the wheeled turtle was a little wet. Not so sure about that.

Walking/shopping area. This photo really doesn't capture the beauty. Germany makes me want to learn to take better photos.

Can you see the bright colored business in the back? There is a man on a ladder, with  what looks like an inflatable cross on his back (with flames!) and he does a flip off the front of the ladder, lands on his back (inflaty thingy) and bounces up! Ha!

How could one not take a photo of this fish "sandwich"??

Bachelor party: I bought a banana for a euro.  Big A loved it, little A was horrified!

The beautiful area where someone was apparently hilarious. The crowd was in stitches about whatever this comedian was saying. May have helped that the beer was flowing freely.

This photo does no justice! This statue represents the last 2000 year of Koblenz. Incredible.

Gorgeous church at night.

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