Walked 17 km – town, fair and dancing
Up and into town to the Vodafone store! It’s the only telecom provider in town. The guy says: I’m out of sim cards.
Waaaaa? Is that even possible. He says maybe a delivery later today. Come back after 3.
We tour the fair, have a glass of sekt (local champagne), we climb a hill to see a chapel and a view of the fair. We have to go slow to go the distance.
I have amazing deep fried potato pancakes with garlic sauce, Rand has a hot roast ham sandwich.
We head for the now-crowded wine huts for the most popular drink: half litre wine spritzers called schorle.
Now its 3:30, so back to Vodafone. The note on the door says back at 4. So we wait, along with another guy. At 4:30, we walk away in disgust. A while later our waiting friend drives by and says ” He’s back. He’s drunk!”
We head back to the store where he confirms he still has no sim cards for sale. Weird and frankly suspect.
Back to the fair for a wonderful ginger cookie called Mogensbrot translation ‘stomach bread’. Germans make excellent food but suck at naming stuff.
Then, to slow things down, a visit to the rather sad beer tent. This is about wine!
Back to the wine huts and getting chummy with the locals. Dance bands are advertised to start at 6:30 in the three major tents so we stake out spots early, and bring in some food to pass the time: currywurst and fries and a wonderful pork and onion stir fry we have tried to identify every since.
The band started closer to 7, and they were ok, but the next tent was really bumping, so we moved over there and before you knew it we were jumping around and fist pumping while standing on wobbly benches. I had a few dances with some particularly drunk and especially good looking fellows.
By about 10 we were exhausted from our day, and wise enough to know it was time to go home. But not without some chocolate covered popcorn for me and a chocolate crepe for Rand. Two kms back to our shabby airbnb and we needed all the fresh air that afforded.
The Wurst Markt is a big local festival. It’s great value as the clientele is all from surrounding areas and they know their prices. No gouging tolerated!