Monday, 26 August 2013

The weekend of... the disappointing pirate ship, cosplay, markets and rain.

Summer seemed to end abruptly this weekend, and suddenly it was misty and quite rainy, which ruined our plans of a cable-car ride because we actually want to see the view, not cloud. But, we had an interesting weekend none-the-less!

Friday afternoon I met Malcolm at the CDC because he wanted to show me the University area which he discovered when we first arrived and needed our marriage certificate translated. But, earlier on, on their tea-time walk-about, him and some friends saw a pirate ship and all sorts of stands being set up in the media park. So, of course, we went to check it out, hoping for something fun.

Turns out that the pirate ship was an elaborate beer-stand. And all the other stands were also beer stands. We were thoroughly disappointed that it was just beer. Does that make us bad German-residents? 

cologne koln media park


So, doing what is only logical after walking all the way (ok, around the corner) to the media park, we sought out a playground that Malcolm went to before. We headed straight to the slide, and after a little bit of worrying we'd get in trouble, I climbed up. If you remember the photo from Malcolm's previous trip, you'll see that the slide is up a hill, so although I thought little of climbing up the little tower, when I looked down I was terrified. I eventually let go and slid down - is it lame that I found this to be quite an adrenaline rush? Clearly, if I found a children's slide this exhilarating, my life must be lacking some excitement? Or maybe it's just been too long since I've played? It was SO much fun!


Malcolm also had a turn, but he was brave and went REALLY fast down and, like the cool-kids, flew off the end into a perfect finish on his feet. He might even have had his hands on his hips like Superman, but that might just have been my imagination...


From there, we headed to the university area... we found it quite easily, but without the bustle of students (still on summer holiday?), it was quite boring. Or maybe they were in classes, because there were loads of bikes.... and lots of concrete and not as many pretty trees as our dear UKZN. So we sat on a bench for a while then headed home, enjoying the sights of the new area as we passed by.



Saturday, our cable-car plans ruined by the dreary weather, we googled for ideas of what was happening in Koln. We discovered that the pirate ship was part of an international beer market, but we decided against it... again, are we bad German-residents? Instead, we decided to try a flea-market.

On the train we noticed some strangely-dressed people again. This time, we knew what was happening: Gamescom. A huge convention for computer and online games and all that kind of thing (can you detect my ignorance of this world despite having a game-loving husband?). Already on Friday when we were on the tram home we could identify some people who were going there - just something about them told us that ;) So this time we decided to get off and go to the entrance, just to see how people had dressed up... we were not disappointed - they take cosplay seriously here.


































I can't say I recognise any of these characters, but I was impressed anyway. We saw some even better; zombies and post-apocalyptic-looking-people who were actually kind of scary, but I didn't get a good photo. You can probably find more if you google :)

From there, we made our way to the flea-market. We were excited because it wasn't like the others we've been to, which were antique markets - they have beautiful things but, realistically, we can't afford antiques. This one was, at first glance, a junk-sale. A BIG one. Clothes piled up, frames stacked, dishes and vases lined up, and boxes and boxes of all sorts of teacups and action figures (if you're looking for a rambo action figure there was a whole box of them, just so you know). We had no idea if we wanted to buy anything, and were quite overwhelmed, but had fun looking around.


I fell in love with a few tea-sets... gold rimmed ones that were missing no pieces... but eventually, we ended up buying only a few things... a handbag (a little damaged with it sort of peeling on the handles where it bends a lot, but the same is true of my current one, so oh well!), three picture frames, and a pretty table-overlay. All for 5euros50... and that was without haggling... we probably could have tried to lower the prices, if we could speak a little more. I'm pretty happy :)


Sunday was rainy and miserable... so besides going out to church and meeting new people, we stayed inside... Malcolm had homework to do, and I had a cosy day reading :) A pretty good weekend!

If you missed it on Facebook, our time is coming to an end here...
This weekend Petra is visiting, the next we're in PARIS (more about that tomorrow!), the next we're in the Siebensgerberge, the next we need to finish off our bucket list because THE NEXT will be our last weekend here! How about that?! (that's if Jesus doesn't come back before then, just saying.)

I hope you have a great week-ahead, in SA spring is just around the corner so enjoy the cool weather before the heat hits! :)

15 comments:

  1. I love your flea market finds! Sorry about the not so impressive pirate ship beer tent thing. I'm not a fan of beer. What cool costumes those people were wearing! My ex boyfriend used to participate in those conventions! Paris?! Oooo!

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    1. Ah thanks, they were fun hunting for! I was really hoping that the Pirate ship would be a puppet-show or something, and that there'd be candy floss and lebkuchen hearts for sale... but, alas... beer. Those people and their costumes were incredible - and I found them so brave for riding public transport all dresses up like that - especially the girls; their costumes are pretty revealing a lot of the time!

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  2. So Malcolm may wear his Superman shirt and nobody would bat an eyelid. Not sure about the undies over his jeans though. Looks like a lot of fun, specially the slide. One is never to old to have fun like that.

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    1. The slide was LOTS of fun! And yes, Malcolm really could wear a full super-man costume, even on an ordinary day, and nobody would even notice - in Koln, anything goes. :) Love you!

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  3. sounds like a fun and busy weekend! and that is definitely a lot of people in costumes :)
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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    1. Oh yes! Felt a little weird taking photos of them, but there were plenty of others doing the same ;)

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  4. What a busy fun weekend! I'm excited to hear more about Paris!
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    1. It was! I'm looking forward to hearing ideas for it!

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  5. Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun - even if it wasn't what you were expecting!

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    1. That's often the case isn't it - fun in the most unsuspected places!

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  6. oooh cosplay. we get a lot of that during Comic-Con in San Diego. always fun to see :)

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    1. My only idea of it ever has come from the Big Bang Theory... and now it all makes sense ;)

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  7. That looks like a SWEET slide!! And the pirate ship should definitely be something more exciting than a beer stand. Those costumes would be really fun to see, though!

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    1. It was! I couldn't believe how scared I was though - it was so long and I was scared of going too fast ;) But SOOO much fun! I'm glad you agree about the pirate ship... I really think they could've utilised it better ;)

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  8. I recently was visiting and went down this slide, it was SCARY, I have some funny pics for it. Do you have the name of the park it was in as I want to tag my photos with the location?
    Thank you

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