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Bruchsal, Germany - 14th December 2011

By: fam-united

I finally arrived at my new host's home for celebrating Christmas. I'm curious to meet all the other toyvoyagers here. I will keep you posted.

Bye, Poppy

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Bruchsal, Germany - 14th December 2011

By: fam-united

Today we helped Petra to bake two large apple cakes, because tomorrow is the last day of her son's alternative service.
We prepared the dough and cut apples into pieces, added cinnamon, raisins and sliced almonds to the apples and cooked them. Then we made a part of the dough in the plate and filled it with the warm apples and covered it with dough again. I would so love to make this internet able to give you a hint of the smell in the kitchen, yummy.

While we all worked really hard, one of us sat around and only listened to music of the cd-played. Of course one whose name is Priscilla can only listen to music of Elvis, especially when it is Christmas time and it is a Christmas album.



The first of us, who discovered the new cd was Henry the Adventure Hound.




We needed a lot of flour for the cake.












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Bruchsal, Germany - 18th December 2011

By: fam-united

This weekend there is a special event in Bruchsal. There is a second Christmas market for three days around the palace. The weather wasn't that great - no snow:(, but it was cold enough and the place was full of people.

At first we listend to the trombone choir playing Christmas songs. We also took a look into all the tents, but it was too crowded to take photos there.



We left the Christmas market and took a photo of the front of the palace by night before we drove home again.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 20th December 2011

By: fam-united

While our host was teaching at school, it started to snow. We asked her to go out with us, but she said, that the snow is rather wet and that it isn't nice outside. Nevertheless she took some photos with me to show the roofs covered with some snow.


Here you see the two towers of the church St. Peter.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 22nd December 2011

By: fam-united

Petra has time to do some more baking. At first we all sat down at our place, where Petra wanted us to sit.


We took the book and searched for some nice recipes. You can see, which recipes we picked out for baking today.





We also baked some other sorts of cookies.




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Bruchsal, Germany - 24th December 2011

By: fam-united

Today is a very special day. We all were allowed to help packing the presents for Christmas.


Later we helped to cook chicken fricassee in the clay pot and some corn salad and of course we helped to eat everything:)


Later we ate some of our selfmade cookies.






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Bruchsal, Germany - 25th December 2011

By: fam-united

Merry Christmas to you!


In the morning we watched a movie, which Petra got as present yesterday evening: Elvis: That's the way it is.
I must say, that he was a really cute guy and I also like some of his songs.


Our sheep waited in the stable with the sheep.


Then we all went to the crib with the newborn Jesus.



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Bruchsal, Germany - 25th December 2011

By: fam-united

Today we helped to cook again. We had lamb, dumplings, vegetables (carrots, onions, oranges and dates) with red pepper pearls. It tasted very very fine, although it was a diet recipe - without the dumplings.


Then everyone went away and we were alone at home. We prepared everything for dinner: raclette. Look at this amount of black olives.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 26th December 2011

By: fam-united

Today we went to Petra's parents in law to celebrate Christmas with them and her husbands' sisters families. We saw some nice angels and another beautiful Christmas tree.



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Bruchsal, Germany - 28th December 2011

By: fam-united

The weather was a bit better, so we decided to go on a short walk over the graveyard, which is close to where I live right now. There is a beautiful baroque church next to the graveyard. It's called St. Peter.


We also visited to Jewish graveyard.


Next to Sancta Maria we had another good view over the city. I hope, that I will come closer to those towers to see exactly, what these buildings look like. Petra told me, that from left to right you can see the tower of the city church Our holy lady, church St. Damian and Hugo, which belongs to the palace and the old tower of the ancient castle.


Here is the front of Sancta Maria. It is a school for soon to be kindergardeners and also home for some Franciscan nuns.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 31st December 2011

By: fam-united

It's the last day of 2011 and we start to bake a new year pretzel. At first we had to take flour, some warm milk and fresh barm. We prepared a yeast sponge. Later we added honey and melted butter and salt.







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Bruchsal, Germany - 1st January 2012

By: fam-united

Mandy Sheep read a lot about Baden-Württemberg, because she joins in the Big German Round Robin. After hours of searching for information about the state we're living with our host right now, she got bored of reading so much, so she decided to listen to a nice song on youtube. Maybe you will watch it to. It is "Crawfish" from Elvis Presley's movie "King Creole".



She called us to join her.







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Bruchsal, Germany - 4th January 2012

By: fam-united

The weather isn't the best one, but today we've seen some blue sky:)
I decided to join my host and her daughter, when her daughter delivered a journal of the catholic church to some people.
On our way we saw some nice old houses.



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Bruchsal, Germany - 4th January 2012

By: fam-united

In the evening we went to take the stars from a storeroom of the church, where our hosts belong to. Petra takes care for the stars, which will be carried around by the starsingers on 6th January. Some of the stars are old, some don't look nice anymore, so Petra creates new covers and we decided to help her today.
Here you see a star, that still looks nice. Nevertheless it isn't, if you take a closer look. Last year it rained a lot and the star got wet. Now you can see white glue running down, where it should be only clear yellow. Some said, that it doesn't matter, but our host didn't like it and she asked us to cut out new yellow transparent paper and a new black star silhouette.


We didn't like the yellow side of this star, so we decided to spray it bronze and cut out a new yellow transparent paper and black star silhouette too.


We had to work really hard.



We also didn't like these two stars and we had to throw one into the bin, because it was broken on the back totally.


Then we had to outline the first star on the transparent paper.






Priscilla helped to cut it out.



But it was rather difficult for her, so Lintilla offered to help her.



While we worked, we found some marzipan potatoes.


We tried to speak really low, because Mi-Go had been fallen asleep in our back and you know, that he always runs to get it, if he sees something to eat.


But we should have knows it better. Of course he also feels, if something to eat is around. He jumped up and caught the marzipan potatoes in the same second. Only Lintilla seemed to take no notice of it.



Proud Mi-Go! We tried to keep calm and go on with our work. We had to outline the black star now.



Mi-Go was anything else, but no help for us.


But to our surprise, he was the one, who asked us, if he could be the one, who was allowed to cut out the black star silhouette.


That looks really difficult, but it seems, that he's the one, who knows, how to do it.


And yeah, it just looks great. Now you can be really proud, Mi-Go.



But, oh dear, we had done a mistake, when we outlined the yellow star. It was the wrong side of the paper and so the star didn't fit perfectly to the wooden star. We were very disappointed.


We had to cut out another yellow star and black star silhouette, which fit perfectly then.


Then we had a break and read the newspapers. We read, that Wulff is the Federal President and that there are some problems, but they aren't really interesting for toyvoyagers. But it was really interesting for us, that they wrote about a storm, which should hit Germany soon - no toyvoyager weather:(


For me it was interesting to see a photo of the wife of Baden-Württembergs Minister-President Kretschmann. I read, that she doesn't want to be called a First Lady. I did want to read this whole news article, but the others didn't and so we went on to the next page.


We saw a photo with a little bit of snow. Wow, there's snow somewhere in Germany.


But then we turned to read the Bruchsal news and the first thing we saw, what a nice bird singing and a pussy willow blooming. It seems like springtime here.


Did you know, that petrol in Germany is that expensive? I'm not sure, because we didn't know about this. Diesel costs between 1,37 Euro and 1,48 Euro, which means between 1,8092 US-Dollar and 1,9544 US-Dollar. It would be interesting to know, how expensive it is in other countries.


On Karlsruhe page on the right we read about a big construction area, where they build a new way for the city tram.


Here is an interesting page. It shows items, which you can buy in the newspaper shop. They sell items of Baden. Maybe we should go there and take a look, but surely they will cost some money.


And of course it was interesting to read about the weather in our region.


Although we took a closer view we only could read, that we will have storm during the night and rain and a temperature of 8°C - rather warm for winter weather.


We asked Petra to zoom it, so maybe - if you can read German - you will be able to read about the weather too.


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Bruchsal, Germany - 5th January 2012

By: fam-united

I like this Christmas decoration on the window. It's on the same place each year. If you like it too and want the originals to cut them out for yourself, please send a note to Petra.
It's a nice place for us toyvoyagers, too. It is warm and you can see everything that's going on on the street



The first photo is without flash, just to show you, how dark it is outside although it is early midday. If Petra hasn't done a mistake, then there are 26 toyvoyagers sitting together. Some are her toyvoyagers, some her daughters and some are rescued toyvoyagers, which still are at her place and of course some are guests, who will move on again.

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