Markets Galore

‘Sal, we gotta go and never stop going ’till we get there.’
‘Where we going, man?’
‘I don’t know but we gotta go.’

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Since finishing our thru-hike in late October, that has been us.  Other than two specific scheduled events, we have been floating, planning our travels no more than a few days in advance at most.

Since late November we have been mainly in Germany, but also in Belgium visiting friends and seeing the sights.  We are thankful to have such a vast network of friends who are willing to let us couch surf and take time out of their busy schedules to show us around.

We arrived in Germany just in time for our favorite part of the year, Weinachtsmarkt  (Christmas Market) season.  We made sure to attend a few.

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Weinachtsmarkt and Castle, Heidelberg, Germany

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Pyramid and Heiligeistkirche, Heidelberg, Germany

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Pyramid and kirche, Hockenheim, Germany

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Weinachtsmarkt and Dom, Speyer, Germany

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Saint Nikolas delivery, Speyer Dom, Speyer, Germany

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Weinachtsmarkt statement, Detmold, Germany

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Weinachtsmarkt madness, Freiburg, Germany

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Weinachtsmarkt skating on New Year’s Eve, Köln  (Cologne), Germany

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Steampunk carousel, Bruxelles  (Brussels), Belgium

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Dancing lights, Bruxelles  (Brussels), Belgium

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Market Square, Bruges (Brugge), Belgium

One unfortunate impact on all of these markets was the weather.  It has been unseasonably warm, which really impacts the feel of the market.  It’s a different experience to drink hot glühwein when it’s 12°C (55°F) than it is when it’s -2°C (28°F).  For those markets that had skating rinks, the skaters were moving through puddles and pools more than they were gliding.

But please don’t take any of that as a complaint. We recognized that we were spending our December in Christmas Markets in Europe. It’s very difficult to top that.

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