Chris and I spent much of April and early May back in Europe visiting friends and family. I headed off to Germany for the most part (more on that next week) where eventually, after two weeks gallivanting around the UK and France, Chris finally caught up with me in order to celebrate his birthday, German-style. Which meant rather than a meager one day celebration, he ended up celebrating the whole week, notching up a liver crushing 6 nights out from a possible 7 (really, at his age).

So on his behalf a brief message of thanks to all of his German drinking buddies for:
the single malt whiskey, the Kaffee und Kuchen, the chance to play Scalextrics and feel young again (even though Leo ‘Schumacher’ Schultz, aged 3 and a bit, beat him so resoundingly), too little Kaesespaetzle, too much Grappa, just the right amount of Wahrsteiner beer and oompah music, failing to get a word in edgeways sat between Moni and Katja, Cologne’s special beer, a strange looking schnapps as April turned into May, a romantic cruise down the Rhine, reminding him that German technology is vastly superior to the UK’s, a sip of something very strawberry-ry, the look on Frank’s face as Real Madrid scored their second goal, numerous shots of Hunt-Master (aka Jaegermeister), not losing his head on a bus tour of Duesseldorf, the most delicious pizza he has tasted so far in 2013, and the best birthday breakfast he has had, ever.
 
So in summary, “danke, und bis naechste Mai” (he says mispronouncing most words, but sounding slightly like he has developed a soft-spot for Germany). Now I just need to convince him to support Germany at football. 🙂
sfaety sticker on duesseldorf bus tour
 Safety instructions German-style – stand up on this open-top-bus and a bridge will cut your head off. You have been warned.
duesseldorf boat cruise
Cruising on The Rhine. It wasn’t that sunny, but we may have had a few drinks the night before
pizza in oven
An Italian-looking-German cooking a homemade pizza for a slightly-Italian-Englishman. Confusing, but delicious!
dinner
Koelsch beer, cheese, and Pizza – it doesn’t get much better than that!
breakfast table
Birthday Breakfast, the morning-after the night-before: coffee, juices, an assortment of teas, proper (ie. German) bread and rolls, cheeses from around the world, various meats for Chris to lust after, jams, eggs, and a number of other things all washed down by one of Oli’s life-extending spinach-based smoothies – which are surprisingly tasty once you’d blended in apples, pineapple, bananas, and avocados. Who needs one of those horrible English fry-ups when a German breakfast is clearly so much better!

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

16 Thoughts on “Can an Englishman fall in love with Germany?

  1. Yum that cheese and pizza spread looks delicious! We are heading to Germany this summer and looking forward to it!

    • Tammyonthemove on May 18, 2013 at 6:50 am said:

      It really was Vicky! So good that we asked Oli to make a second one. 🙂 When you go to Germany you must try Kaesespaetzle (a kind of pasta with cheese and roasted onion rings), dark rye bread, semmelknoedel (bread dumlings) and of course all the different sausages. Let me know if you want any destination tips! 🙂

  2. Ohhh that pizza looks amazing! And I do love the idea of the week-long birthday celebration! When in Germany, eh?;-)
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  3. Tammyonthemove on May 20, 2013 at 1:11 pm said:

    Oh it really was Jess! Yep, in Germany we are certainly used to celebrate for a few days at a time, especially on beer festivals. It does get harder the older you get though! 🙂

  4. Congratulations! German birthdays seem much better than Dutch ones, we usually just do one day of celebrations!

    Now I’m off to find pizza as good looking as that one in Malaysia.
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    • Tammyonthemove on May 23, 2013 at 7:19 am said:

      Thank you Nick! Funnily enough Oli, who made the pizza, lives in Amsterdam. Good luck with finding a good pizza in Malaysia! 🙂

  5. Looks like you guys had a great time with delicious cheese and pizza. I have plenty of German, British and French friends and we love to sit down at the same table and eat together our traditional meals. 🙂

    • Tammyonthemove on May 24, 2013 at 6:38 am said:

      Chris has this theory Agness, that when Europeans eat, the French care about the quality of the food, Germans about the quantity of food, Italians about the company they are with, and the English just care about other people’s table manners. From my experience, he may have a point 🙂

  6. I LOVED Germany – so much more than I thought I would. Wish we had more time there as we only saw the cities – I’d love to go down the centre and visit country towns.
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    • Tammyonthemove on May 27, 2013 at 2:02 am said:

      A lot of people say that actually. If you ever go back let me know and I can give you some tips for a few smaller towns worth seeing.

  7. That pizza looks delicious!

  8. Haha. I love that safety notice. More places should have a sense of humour. No one wants to be told what to do and it helps to make someone smile as you do it 🙂

  9. I reckon this is proof that Germans DO have a sense of humour after all! 😉

  10. I’m from the US and Germany is often not the most popular European destination. For some reason Germany doesn’t get the same attention as say France, England, Spain or Italy. For this reason, we were completely surprised and absolutely fell in love with Germany once we visited. I think for American’s it is totally underrated as a destination!
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    • Tammyonthemove on June 3, 2013 at 7:42 am said:

      This is so true Auston. When Chris and I got married in Germany we had a lot of English guests who had never been to Germany before. They were all so surprised how much they actually liked Germany. I think Germany still suffers from the bad image it got following the two WWs, but hopefully people will start seeing Germany for what it is now. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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