Love & Strategy at the Weihnachtsmarkt
With my Germanophile or Teutonophile status extending to embrace all that is the Christmas market (Weihnachtsmarkt), here are reasons why I love these markets:
- Hang out with friends.
- Scope out the food stalls.
- Drink Glühwein, round 1.
- Consume food, round 1: Bratwurst, Kartoffelpuffer, Flammkuchen, Schnitzel, etc. Standing in my way are Brezeln, soup, Schweinehaxen, or cookies and cakes.
- Drink Glühwein, round 2.
- Consume food, round 2: preferably something different from round 1.
- Gawk at all of the things I could buy but won’t, although I’m thinking about getting that Rotes Sternchen (little red star) for the family tree …
I have a minimum number of two Glühwein per visit, but it happens my drink maximum is also at two. At three, my head spins up into the stratosphere, while the rest of my body sinks down to fall-down hilarity.
But I’ve kept my skull intact long enough to make these snaps on opening weekend to Vancouver’s Christmas Market in downtown Vancouver. It’s a pleasant surprise to hear and speak German with various volunteers and employees working the booths and stands at the Vancouver Christmas market.
Eat, drink, and be merry: wir feiern Weihnachtsmarkt!
The Vancouver Christmas Market was at Queen Elizabeth Plaza, but the 2016 edition will expand into a new and larger location at Jack Poole Plaza (Olympic Cauldron) next to Vancouver Convention Centre West.