Sunday, November 27, 2005

Krampus

Tonight was the "Krampus parade" through Graz. In Austria, Krampus is the devil from pagan times that punished bad children. The official day of Krampus is December 5th, but for some reason they had the parade today. Maybe there will be more Krampuses on Dec. 5? The parade consisted of many people dressed up as ugly horned creatures clanging bells, spewing fire, and running up and scaring children along the parade route.





some links to help explain who/what Krampus is:
  • Krampus.com

  • Krampus.org

  • Krampus explained

  • Krampus Museum Steiermark

  • Our Krampus, from the grocery store, is a bit more wimpy (afterall, he's only made out of prunes and nuts).

    Saturday, November 26, 2005

    Dashing through the snow

    It has been snowing all day long. The white blanket that covers the city makes the many different colored buildings stand out, and makes this already charming city look even prettier.






    The Hauptplatz has a 90 ft. tall Chrismas tree and many stands selling gifts and Glühwein.


    Friday, November 25, 2005

    Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving morning we awoke to find it was snowing! I always feel that both Thanksgiving and Christmas are better with snow. David and I hopped on our bikes and went to pick up our turkey. The city was bustling. How could everyone be working today... It's a holiday! Well, for us anyway. It was nice, however, to be able to dash out to the store for missed ingredients. We had ordered a 4 kilo turkey, but as they are caught wild and not farmed like in the USA, it wasn't quite the size we wanted, only 3.25 kilos. So, we supplemented our bird with a 1 kilo slice of breast meat from another turkey, which worked out nicely. We started cooking around 10:30am. We made cornbread and then cornbread stuffing for the turkey. Michelle and Tucker joined us around 3:00 to make all the side dishes: yams, green beans, creamed onions, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and more stuffing.
    Ingrid, Alois, Rosi, Walter, and Steve came over around 6:30 and we drank Glühwein (a tasty Austrian beverage of warm spiced wine) and chatted as we finished cooking. David made a delicious gravy from the turkey giblets.
    Mahlziet!
    For dessert Ingrid made her Apfelstrudel...
    ... and I made a pine nut pie.


    David spilled his wine all over me.
    After dinner Steve entertained us with Rosi's guitar
    and Walter harmonized with his harmonica
    It was a very successful Thanksgiving, and now there is a big mess to clean up!

    And now for the best part... leftovers!!!

    Saturday, November 19, 2005

    The first snow

    This morning we awoke to a surprise on the ground, snow! Most of it had already melted in the sun, but in the shade some was still there.

    Thursday, November 17, 2005

    die Prostituierte

    We discovered that our street has a dirty little secret... David was coming home from chorus practice late the other night and saw a hooker "working" less than 100 yards from our building. It seems that Dreihackengasse has got it all - a church, a daycare center, a cafe, an elementary school for music students, a gay night club, a dance school, a community cultural center, and a hooker!

    She was waiting for Johns right by the parking meter Here's a close-up of the parking meter on the left and the school and our building on the right.

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005

    Autumn scenes in Graz

    We sat in the Stadtpark soaking up some sun and smelling the leaves before our German class today.



    This is the bell tower of the church right by our apartment. They just got new bells a few weeks ago, and now they ring them a lot.


    I discovered a climbing wall built into the wall along the river. There is a promenade down along the river and the main sidewalk is above it.