Holy Fasching Karneval 2014: early notes

| March 4, 2014

A few quick Karneval notes before I have time to write about the real deal.

For today’s parade, I  did a lazy person experiment based upon the brilliant-looking Bailey’s cupcake recipes that have been circulating facebook: strawberry cake mix Bailey’s cupcakes. Pour some Bailey’s over the cupcakes right after they come out of the oven (too much straight from the bottle soaks through the cupcake holder, too little dripping off the spoon loses the effect.) A full regular spoonful was my preference, making sure to cover the entire cupcake top–not let it go all down center or just around edges or to one side. You’re welcome, lazy drunks of the world.

(Note: Neighbors loved lazy Bailey’s strawberry cupcakes.)

Next up is a Rosenmontag observation about Jacky-Colas: Coke (a-Cola, not -caine, in my context) keeps you awake. While one’s husband might walk around with you for hours harboring ( = repeatedly stating) fears of needing to carry you home in a couple hours, if you are one who normally does not drink coffee or soda, the polar opposite is true.  Instead, you’re going to be capable of pulling a float single-handedly in half an hour, doing the YMCA in the middle of the Marktplatz, and pouring a shot of whiskey for the babysitter before she leaves (rushing out the door to meet her friends downtown as she frantically attaches her angel wings).

(P.S., Thank you random Rosenmontag bouncer, for the ego boost.)

More from Faschingsdienstag…

Best surprise: Michelle and Obama in a Jeep with a hood ornament mooning them.

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Hard lessons learned:

-If a parade group requests shots of Jäger from the bottle you’re offering passers-by, they expect you to do shots with them.

-If the old man dressed as a sheikh is going to accept your Jäger, you’re expected to drink double from his champagne.

Best costume/parade group?  I’m sure Bill Murray would agree:

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RIP Harold Ramis

And now let us all go into the hiding known as Lent.

Category: In Germany A Broad blog, Karneval, Shits & Giggles, Travel

About the Author ()

Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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