I need a break and a currywurst, please.
21.07.2008 - 28.07.2009
By the time we made it to Rottenburg, I was in major need of relaxation and the kindness of friends. I got that and more at Sandie and Kai's house. Sandie and I have been friends since college and have, amazingly, stayed in touch with each other through the years.
Sandie and Kai extended the full hospitality of their home to both Anthony and me. I am forever grateful for all that they did for us. We were completely spoiled with good food, all the comforts of home and their good company.
We spent a day in Tubingen (wrong spelling I am sure) which has a university there and all of the typical university town accouterments. I love university towns because they typically have interesting quirks that are unique to that particular place.
For Tubingen, it was the currywurst graffiti. First, currywurst is a typical German junkfood. It is a type of sausage which is cooked then smothered in ketchup and generously smothered with curry powder. The associated graffiti is a mystery at least with regards to the author/creator. At any rate there are these stenciled graffiti messages spraypainted about town with various sayings regarding currywurst. For example, 'Penguins iss currywurst', which roughly translates to 'Penguins must eat currywurst, now' also in association is the allusion of penguins which is a nickname for nuns. Thus there is an interesting play on words and a tongue-in-cheek humor.
There were these stenciling all over the place the humor is wicked funny. I have several pictures of different currywurst statements and am planning to do something with them for my own enjoyment and extension of tongue-in-cheek humor.
The last evening of our stay in Germany I learned to make kassespetzla (phonetic spelling). This is a homemade thick noodle similar to gnocchi. Once it is made then it is smothered in cheese and topped with sauteed onions. Yum! It puts mac and cheese to shame. Kai, Sandie, Tina, Russel, Anthony and I sat down to a great meal of this and other excellent dishes and made complete pigs of ourselves. What a great way to end a wonderful week in Germany with good friends.