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I am a band director at five private schools in Kankakee. Music is a big part of my life, but knitting and crafting are right up there too. I own a ridiculous stash of yarn, which I am slowly using... and replacing with better yarn... I tend to knit and crochet a lot, in class, out of class, while watching tv, while driving, pretty much constantly. I have been involved with crochet romantically for 15 years, and involved with knitting for 11 years. They sometimes get jealous of each other. I think its funny. Along with knitting and crocheting, I quilt, spin (drop spindle) and design patterns!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

I find myself having an odd fascination with German food....

German 9 pin bowling!

"This game is one in which a player brings a plastic or wooden ball that is rolled down an alley to nine pins. The "bowling ball" is smaller and lighter than in ten-pin bowling, and the ball may have two or no finger holes. Being smaller, the ball will actually roll, rather than slide, down most of the lane distance. The lanes are shorter than those for ten-pin bowling. The nine pins (cones) are placed in a diamond shape on the alley. In most lane systems the pins have a rope on top, as part of a "string-setter", to pick up the pins and replace them back in to the diamond shape for the next roll.

In Germany there are three kinds of bowling lane systems in different regions of the country (not counting ten-pins which has made some inroads). The systems differ both in their measurements and in the materials used for construction. One of the systems uses a lane that starts out narrow, but widens when approaching the pins. One uses flat asphalt lanes, while two use wooden lanes that are slightly elevated at the outer edges. There is one more special lane system only used in a small region of eastern Germany (Mansfelder Land), in this a very heavy ball is literally thrown at rather than rolled towards the pins; it is usually played outdoors. The different lane systems require noticeably different throwing techniques for successful play."

Look at our little lane!!! It was literally a a three lane bowling alley, and each lane had its own dining area. Mind you the dining area was as narrow as the lane!

We played a couple rounds of games, which were sort of like battle ship. I really enjoyed this game more than american bowling. Considering the balls were lighter. So they hurt my wrist less!
Yay bowling!
For the record. Every team I was on won. So uh. I'm amazing! :)

I ate alot during this bowling session. Sarah and I shared the bruschetta, which was absolutely amazing. And then I ordered a Rustic pizza. Which... was... you guessed it... amazing. So good!

We went to Munich, after the concentration camp yesterday. We grabbed dinner at the Beerhaus

I ordered beer roasted pork, potato pancakes, and sauerkraut. I love food. I love new foods. I love German food. I am so going back on my diet and exercise plan as soon as I step foot on American soil. I have to get back into my routine, rather than eating rolls upon rolls, upon meat and noodles. But it is so worth it now.

We walked around Munich shopping and hanging out for a couple hours. Some of the architecture was amazing. For example, this building (which I have no idea what it is to tell you the truth. My guess is a church...):

Is it not beautiful? It took our breath away when we saw it!

Munich is all about Dirndl's. It is the German dress for woman. My mom has one, from what I remember. Because I remember wearing it. I went out and bought myself the blouse that goes underneath it, just in case I still fit into it when I get home. It was a few years ago, and my mom was much smaller than me when she was my age. So we shall see!

The luckiest girl in the world was able to convince her mother to buy her a full set though! I was so jealous!

Thats what you get when your parents are the two coolest parents (and professors) in the world! :)

1 comment:

Cat said...

this dindl thing is so weird... by the way it is a bavarian thing ONLY!
i guess the main reason why people buy it nowerdays is the oktoberfest.

i have to admit tho that there are really beautiful ones... =)