In addition to souvenirs, I am feeling the weather change and realising I am not prepared for it. I have sneakers, I have warmer socks... but this is ok if you're going from your house to your car and then to the store. But as we're walking everywhere and waiting for trams outside, I realise that my toes are very, very cold. And, I also realise that I do not really want to wear sneakers with my skirts (and tights to keep my legs warm). I want boots. I have boots back home, but didn't bring them because I don't think I can walk 7 miles in them. Again, I am walking several miles a day, I need comfort too. And style too. Almost like searching for a unicorn.
As we step out at Alexanderplatz (normally a "sunken" area down several steps) to find no steps... there is a large "stage/decking" set down out over the entire plaza. And, there are rides. Food tents. Beer. Hello! More Oktoberfest celebrations!
Who knew this was here? We sure didn't. I wonder if it's been here the entire duration of Oktoberfest, or just this week, or...? Well, in any case, it's here and full of shoppers and crafts.
|Another Buddy Bear at the Galleria!|
After food, we headed to the Galleria, the multi-floored department store. The kids were super patient as I tried on shoe after boot after shoe. It was "help yourself", so I at least wasn't putting some poor worker through the rigmarole. And I found some. Not the best, not expensive, not cheap, but they'll do.
In addition to shoes, I felt it was time to buy a few more pans for our kitchen. I found a quiche pan and a 12 muffin pan. Finally, we can do a little more baking! Meanwhile, Xander found a cute Fox-doorstop and is, happily, carrying him around the store.
What else did we find? Trdelniks! Remember those baked-in-a-circle-pastry we had in Prague? They have them here too. We bought one in the Galleria, only to see a "better" one outside in Alexanderplatz at a stand... so we bought one from each place. Here, they are not called Trdelniks and they don't really put anything inside. They do, however, have a few flavours and "stick" toppings on the outside (coconut, hazelnuts, etc.). I picked cinnamon from both places. And we tried to say the name of them here, but it's a lot harder than Trdelnik! Kürtsöskalács. It's a mouthful, two times over.
Not to be outdone by the local fair, I decided it was time to try out our new muffin pan and use some of the chocolate chips and brown sugar Granny and Jiichan sent us. So, banana muffins with chocolate chips it is! They are delicious! Thanks again for the care package!
|Chocolate chip-banana muffins.|