Last night, my host family and I went to a small Oktoberfest in Hannover. Despite popular association with all of Germany, Oktoberfest is usually just a Bavaria-specific event. However, Hannover (located in the Lower Saxony state) had an Oktoberfest but it was more about Carnival rides and games than Lederhosen. In spite of Covid-19 restrictions and it being much smaller that usual, it was so much fun!
Here's a quick overview of what we did:
1. My host brother and I went on the spinning drop tower, which had incredible views of all of Hannover and the beautiful sunset.
2. We went on the Ferris Wheel and saw lights from Hannover and the other attractions.
3. We ate Bratwurst and Fries. They were so delicious and we bought them from a stand that made them right in front of us.
4. My host parents gave me a Lebkuchen Necklace. A common gift, it typically has writing on it, saying things like "Ich liebe dich" (I love you) or "Süsse Prinzessin" (Sweet Princess).
5. Last, to end the night we ate Schmalzgebäck (warm, fried, dough with powdered sugar) and yes it tasted as good as it sounds!!
This is just the tip of the iceberg for all the great German traditions during the fall and Winter months and I am so excited to document them for you!
Until next time,