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Feuerzangenbowle 1/Feuerzangebowle 2/Zwischen-Klausur/Celle
December 13, 2009, 5:10 pm
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Today I am obviously too lazy to come up with an interesting creative title. Instead, it shall serve as a reminder of all the things I need to remember to talk  about, and will hopefully keep me going in chronological order. My brain is already scrambling, because of all the connections between these chronologically separate topics. Here goes.

Feuerzangenbowle 1

As you’ve probably already noted, the term Feuerzangenbowle applies to (at least) two things: a german film from 1943 (nazy morale propaganda?) and a beverage typically consumed during december for Weihnachten (christmas) or Sylvester (new year’s). Last weekend my floor had its christmas party, and we both consumed a feuerzangenbowle, and saw the film.

I have seen the film twice now, and I still can’t claim to be completely sure about what happened. The recording is somewhat scratchy, and the actors talk somewhat strangely. That, and the fact that my german is still in the process of inching along. We’ll see how clear I can be in describing the basic plot, and more importantly, the basic atmosphere of the film.

The film opens with a bunch of old men laughing and serving themselves up some feuerzangenbowle awesomeness. They are wearing tux like suits, monocles, and are (i think?) teachers or professors of some sort. (the feuerzangenbowle is filled with hot wine, with a flaming sugar block on top). A new man shows up, and confesses that all his life he had been taught by private tutors, and had never experienced a german school. So the old men laugh, rub their hands maniacally, and decide that he must must must. Then there is a funny scene in which he suddenly changes his attire piece by piece, wearing what he thinks is a typical school outfit. He slowly becomes quite mischievous, and though he has received his phd and is probably quite old, he ends up engaged to a school girl. The point of the film (now at least) is not the plot, but the ridiculousness in which it is executed. It is the epitome of silly.

Our Feuerzangenbowle was not as upscale as the one in the film, and probably contained 3X as much alcohol. The guy in charge of it kept adding more rum to keep the sugar cone burning, and as soon as a sugar cone was gone, he found another one and poured on more alcohol. At times everything was on fire–the cone, the liquid in the cauldron type thing, and the liquid in the drink ladle. Also, we did this inside.

We also did a Julklapp (gift exchange). I got a book of grisly poetry, and I gave a half naked santa glühwein cup with chocolates.

Feuerzangenbowle 2

The Daad has Daad Freundeskreise all over Germany, and I went to the university showing of FZB with the fk. For a while we didn’t know if the event was going to happen–the audimax where they show the film every year is currently besetzt, meaning that people are living in there, protesting Studiengebühren–paying for school. But! Because it is such a tradition they made a small exception for the film. before the film the read some statements and showed some pictures discussing the time during which the film had been produced, and its nazi history. A lot of people were impolite during this time, because they didn’t want to hear it. I don’t know how much that has to do with being tired of hearing about it, feeling that the history in the context of art doesn’t matter, or just being rude people who didn’t care at all about what was being said, just that it was keeping them from seeing the film.

The behavior of the audience (once the film began) reminded me a lot of the rocky horror picture show–people had brought giant alarm clocks that they brought out at specific points during the film, and sparklers.

Zwischen Klausur

Friday I took my first german university test, and I definitely passed. I’ve been studying for ages, and I really knew the material, but the test was only five questions, it was in German, and I barely had time to finish it. I was unable to check my answers. Fingers crossed I got at least a 2 (A-). We shall see!

Celle

Yesterday (a beautiful cold, and at times rainy, icy, and best of all SNOWY saturday) I traveled to Celle by regional train with the Freundeskreis. We toured a Schloss (castle) and then wandered around a Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) eating Bratwurst and drinking Glühwein. the Glühwein in Celle was delicious.

I am currently at the Smith Center waiting for Tess to come online so we can talk. Golly Gee. She is an hour late (or, though, I suppose not truly as she gave me a window of time). But still. I want to go home and eat. After I finish this hot cup of tea.

All my love!

Also, I don’t know if Grandma Barbara got my message about the blog, but I promised her I would post photo links so she could find them without being a member of facebook, so here they are:

Celle: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=174872&id=509595464&l=9641cf9307

Leipzig: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=168721&id=509595464&l=3b14be5306

Sylt: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=159302&id=509595464&l=2247fea7a7

Hamburg 1: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=151543&id=509595464&l=adfc4aaa0c

Hamburg2/Berlin: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=158461&id=509595464&l=edcb848ecb

My trip with Mom through Europe: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=145330&id=509595464&l=14fce2089c

Tada! All my love! I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas break.

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