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Day Four: Cologne

Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Dave!Today was my busiest day at work, which was actually kind of nice because it blew by so quickly. Before I knew it, I was packing up my stuff and heading back "home" across the Rhine River. Tomorrow promises to be a fairly light day, so I'm hoping to be able to wander around the city a bit before it gets dark. I've been here many times, but never seem to get tired of exploring Cologne.

In what I can only describe as a life-defining moment, I got to meet OREO COOKIE MAN this morning!! Unlike so many celebrities you encounter, he is very cool in person, and was passing out various OREO products, which made him even more delicious. I wanted very much to give him a hug, but I was afraid he would break in half and spill his delicious cream filling everywhere...

Oreo Cookie Man!

Speaking of delicious, my daily pilgrimage to the Merzenich bakery was rewarded with the biggest Spritzringe donut I've ever seen. It was almost twice as tall as usual, which led me to dub it ÜBER-SPRITZRINGE!!! Just look at my precious...

Uber Spritzringe

I didn't know if I should eat it or tag it and release it back into the wild.

Screw Lord of The Rings, THIS is the one ring to rule them all...

Dave's Uber Spritzringe

   

In even more exciting news, I picked up another photo for my Fahrt Collection. This one is a word I don't remember seeing before...

Zugdurchfahrt

In German, they run all their words together to make really long words. But my vocabulary is mostly forgotten, so it's kind of hard for me to break it down and translate it to mean anything. I know Zug is Train and Fahrt is Journey. I'm pretty sure that Durch is Through... as in "durch die nacht" meaning "through the night." That would make this "Train Journey Through!" which doesn't make much sense. I'm guessing it's more likely meaning "next train doesn't stop" (this train passes through). Or perhaps it's like a catch-phrase meaning "You should travel by train!" (journey through trains).

Good thing my life doesn't depend on knowing what that sign means.

OR DOES IT?

Good thing my ride was on the opposite track.


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Comments

  1. Peter says:

    ‘Passing train’ is the right answer. Not only in German we stick words together, in Dutch we do it too.
    Hottentottensoldatententententoonstellingsterreinen.

  2. Sinjin says:

    I’d go with: next train doesn’t stop (this train passes through). We used to laugh at “Gute Fahrt!” signs all over, that was a catch-phrase. The mighty Über-Spritzring really is a sight to behold! And I had to laugh at the thought of Oreo-man squirting his cream all around the showroom from the first bear hug of the day… what a mess!

  3. Marc says:

    Your approximate translation is pretty close, even though it doesn’t seem to make much sense.

    It actually means that you should take caution on the platform because a train is going to pass through the station at its regular cruise speed.

    This in turn means that your life may very well depend on knowing what it means as you can get sucked towards the rails depending on size and speed of the passing train…

  4. ssp says:

    “Train passing through” pretty much nails it. Just a warning so you don’t stand too close to the rails and get killed or something.

    Hmm, now you put the Spritzring idea in my head again.

  5. Whitenoise says:

    Wow, a person could become very, very fat over there… ;-)

  6. Sybil Law says:

    Oreo cookie man!!! Yum!!!
    have you have a nice fahrt today during your time off! (Haha) :)

  7. Andre says:

    your guess is totally right, it means “next train doesn’t stop” (this train passes through).

  8. ~beth says:

    Urge to pack suitcase, hop Lufthansa flight to much adored Germany, indulge in Rhine cruise and consume copious amounts of Deutsche pastries (and beer) is now quite unbearable. Danke Schein!

  9. karla says:

    What are you tryin to do here, KILL me with your pictures of french fries and spritzringe? I read your blog when I get home from work, my hungriest time of day. You keep this up and I will have to move you to another time of day. I mean it, buddy!

    DAMMIT I want that SPRITZRINGE!

  10. Hilly says:

    Every time you go to Germany, you make me crave sweets! I think I almost had an orgasm over the Spritzringe donut LAST year and yep, here I am again!

  11. I don’t even like donuts and even I’m sitting here going “damn, that looks good”.

  12. Iron Fist says:

    It means that this train will be playing Journey through the entire trip, which just goes to show how advanced the European train system is over the American ones. Seriously, do you think people would mind our horribly outdated infrastructure and constantly late trains if they were listening to Journey the whole time?

  13. Mr. K says:

    Hmmm … Spritzringe. I remember the Merzenich shop close to the 4711 house, they have the biggest sweet pretzel during christmas season. Just fair that we have a Krispy Kreme in 5 minute reach whose neon sign proclaims the availability of hot classic donuts. Still … Spritzringe.

    Gee, now I’m hungry.

  14. Ren says:

    Just looking at that ÜBER-SPRITZRINGE makes me feel stuffed. Or maybe it was that too-big burrito I had for lunch….

  15. Patty says:

    I’m glad you had a great day out and got out of your hotel room! That museum looks really interesting.

  16. Patty says:

    Meant to add….that train fart sign….it says….’this train is powered by farts’. ha.

  17. Now that’s what I call a donut.

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