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Flag of Germany  , Baden-Württemberg,
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Howdy folks,

Not a whole lot has been happening this week in Edingen so there isn't much news. On Sunday I went and played football and we managed to avoid the rain although the pitch was a bit muddy. Steffie and I have been doing a bit of cooking this week; so far we made fried rice, Australian meat pies and Frikadellen (meat patties). Given that I haven't eaten a meat pie since Australia Day, I was keen to make one and show the in-laws just what us Aussies are made of. It was a pretty simple recipie although blind baking the pie shell took some time. Instead of individual pies, we came out with one big one which seemed to work out ok. To be truthful, it wasn't a true meat pie because it had peas and corn and ground beef instead of chunks, but it tasted good nonetheless.

Yesterday there were a few family dramas, so I decided to escape the house and take a few more photos of Edingen. Because I've taken so many photos already, I had an idea to make a more artsy type of photo collection. The idea was to take photos of seemingly normal things or signs and take them out of context or change their meaning. I'm not sure if I really succeeded in doing that, but I did take a few photos of pretty typical things around here which aren't typical outside this area. They are as follows:

1. Cigarette Machines. These automated dispensing machines require you to swipe your photo ID to verify your age. They are in the most random of places in back streets or like this one on a main street. I don't know who takes care of them, perhaps the people contact the company or vice versa.

2. Kiosk. This tiny newspaper stand is in the middle of downtown Edingen although I can't see there being much foot traffic to support it.

3. Dog Poo Bin. A dog would have a hard time using this if directly translated!

4. River Barge. I haven't seen a barge like this before, but a few seem to cruise up the river transporting coal or something. This one was a house barge complete with car and house plants!

5. Sister City. Edingen-Neckarhausen has a sister city in France called Plouguerneau (Ploo-jen-ow) which lies just across the English Channel from Plymouth. Apparently they do exchanges every other year, although I don't think that anyone from Adelaide would go to Christchurch on a cultural exchange

6. Landschaftsschutzgebiet. This sign translates to Environmental Conservation Area although when I saw it I thought it meant: Beware of Eagles!

7. Trabant. This East German car is an icon of the Cold War era although this is the first time I've come across a 'Trabi". Think VW Beetle and that is how many were produced and for 30 years!

8. Hotel. Edingen is so small that it only has one hotel although I was surprised to find a wooden Statue of Liberty welcome light at the entrance!

9. Deutsche Post. This symbol is on most letterboxes here just like the Australia Post symbol is in Adelaide although this symbol is just about on every private mailbox as well. I didn't realise that the courier company DHL is also part of this brand.

10. No Parking. This symbol is everywhere in the small streets that occupy this town. Parking is pretty competitive because you only have your house frontage and there aren't many garages. The sign also says beware of dog.

11. Death Notice. In a few of the streets I've noticed a death notices box where you can find details of the wake/service.

12. Lego. This is in old town Heidelberg as part of the Christmas Display. The Christmas market starts next week and runs for a month where you can buy crafts, hot dogs and gluhwein.

I guess this town has a few surprises after all!
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