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Photo: Mandulog by Dingus Gustilo
To remember this Christmas season of 2011, I am posting some photos
I downloaded from postings I saw in FB. I'm trying to find the
source of the other photos posted by friends.
What could one still say while watching the photos?
How could I say Merry Christmas this time?
When I saw some years ago these padlocks hanging in the steel nets of Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne, I thought they were padlocks
for the bikes. Once we held a conference for Babaylan Europe, our hotel and conference site was across the bridge coming
from the main station and this gave me many chances to see the steel nets of padlocks again and observe at a close range
the romantic ritual of kissing, hugging, hanging the padlocks and throwing the keys to the river. Of course, with much
camera clicking as you can imagine.
Nope, not for their bikes but for their love as I learned later.
This is the famous Hohenzollern Bridge where lovers come, bringing their padlocks, kiss and swear love to each other,
hang the padlocks and throw the keys to Rhein (river Rhine) below.
If you have extra time when visiting the Dom City, go near the bridge and enjoy
the view of the river and the old city. True friendship could also be symbolically
sealed with padlocks before you indulge in not so much romantic activities like drinking famous Kölsch and eating
German sausages and pork knuckles.
And when lovers spats break out later for whatever reason, remember your relationship has been
sealed in this lovelock and the key is never to be found again.
More rounds of Glühwein. In English translation, it is
called mulled wein or wein which has been heated with spices
and sugar. Better take some aspirins before you indulge in
drinking mugs of the season's drink.
Marlys and Michael showing me mugs of hot chocolate with rhum known
in Muenster as Lumumba. We decided to call it Mandela for the
Kölner version of this comforting drink.
Second Sunday of Advent for this year but the weather is not
fitting to the season. It's grey, stormy and raining, not a great
day to venture to the Christmas market to smell roasted almonds
and drink hot chocolate with rhum.
The start of the week was beautiful though giving me
chance to visit another Christmas market in the center
of the city, near the famous Kölner Dom and meet
a visiting couple of bloggers who taught me what
Now, let me see if I could do my own concoction
while staying domestic this second Sunday of Advent.