Work ended a senses-shattering three hours early, leaving me a little free time to goof around Cologne today. Having been to the city many times, I'm very much at home here, and so it's an entirely different experience than visiting a place you've never been before.
But before I get to that, I'd like to observe a moment of silence for my newly-dead Kenneth Cole dress shoes. Tonight I pulled out all my work clothes so I'd be ready to go in the morning. As I was shining my shoes, I noticed that one of them had somehow split in the back (I'm guessing my suitcase must have been crushed in transit? Or perhaps when the TSA opened my bag to inspect it, they really, really hated my shoes?). Anyway... all attempts to repair them were met with failure. So now I guess I'm going to attend work in sneakers. That'll look special.
On to my favorite things in Cologne!
No matter how many times I see the massive Cologne Cathedral, it still takes my breath away.
The light, airy, doughy inside makes "doghnuts" taste like shit by comparison!
I could eat this delicious bits of deliciousness until I asploded!
PATATJES MET! POMMES FRITES!...
While not the same as the Dutch patatjes met, my favorite, they're still inanely delicious!
The line was crazy-long... it took me 8-10 minutes to get mah frites!!
The delicious and refreshing regional beer... usually served in tiny glasses, not steins, so you have to order lots of them.
And, lastly, since you have to pay for all this shit...
My photo turned out blurry, so this is not me. I found a photo of Neil Patrick Harris using a Geldautomat at Wincor Nixdorf.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I've had my fill of doughnuts, fries, mayonnaise, and beer for the evening, so I'm going to go to bed and hopefully get some sleep this time. Last night I managed to nap a mere two hours after being up for 38 straight hours, so I'm thinking I kind of have to sleep or I'm going to turn go brain-dead. ZOMFG! Do you think that's what happened to Sarah Palin?
Previous adventures in Cologne...
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Sorry to hear about the shoes.
My shoes were semi-dressy while being very comfortable for walking… not a combination that you find very often! Oh well. They will be missed!
I am severely jealous of your enjoyable consumption activities. And the visit to the cathedral. It’s beautiful.
Like so many cathedrals in Europe, it is absolutely magnificent. I’ve been inside a couple of times before, and it does not disappoint.
Hahaha! Yes! I think that’s what happened to Sarah Palin!
Those fries look very good!
Of course, sometimes this is what happens when a person gets TOO MUCH sleep. WE MAY NEVER KNOW!!
MMMM. Potato + Mayo = Fantastically Pleasant Heart-attack
You do not lie! This cannot be good for you! 🙂
See if Trippen has a store in Köln. They make excellent shoes!
Unfortunately, I have no time at all to shop, so I am pretty much stuck with sneakers for the duration. It’s not entirely professional, but I think I pull it off okay! 🙂
Those pommes fritias look very close to patajes met, but I’m sure it’s not the same.
They are seasoned different, fried different, and cut a little different… and while I prefer the Dutch version, it’s still far, far better than what I can find back home!