Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Freiburg Scrapbook

Nothing is better than a piping hot bowl of grits in the morning. Especially now that the weather has been in the fifties when I get up, and my parents think it is a great idea to leave all the windows open. (Our week of warm summer weather already flew past. It's all downhill from here.) Anyway, I couldn't decide between grits and eggs or cheese grits, so I made a combination of the two. The twist is the way you prepare the egg, letting it cook mixed into the grits and using goat cheese instead of your typical cheddar. The results were heavenly.

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Goat Cheese Grits
serves 2
1/2 cup quick cooking grits
2 cups water
2 egg whites
2 ounces chevre
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper, to taste
butter, to taste

Bring the water to a brisk boil and stir in the grits. Reduce the heat to medium low and cover. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes or so. Once the grits are cooked, whisk in the egg whites until they are fully incorporated. Turn off the heat, stir in the remaining ingredients, and serve.
Speaking of the weather turning colder, I thought it was about time to start harvesting some of my crops. This summer has been a bit too cold for my okra, and they still have not produced any pods. I have little hope for them. My carrots are doing well, though. I enjoyed some today, and was happy that they (on the most part) actually resembled carrots. Last year they were all nubby disasters.
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Last week I left you hanging with the conclusion of the Basel section of my Europe scrapbook and the beginning of Freiburg. I finally finished part 2 today.
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Freiburg was a lovely city that looked like it came right out of a Grimms Brother's fairy tale. We stayed in the neighboring annex building to our hotel with a really key to get in the door. The amount of bikes everywhere surprised us, and we were constantly on the lookout so that we would not get hit. (It was a good warm up for Amsterdam.)
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Freiburg is all modern meets historic, and sometimes it can be a little weird. The old street signs are written in really hard to read script, there is a McDonald's in the 800 year old town tower, and graffiti is written on historic buildings. The city still was beautiful, though, and we enjoyed walking around.  
There is a daily market held outside the Munster (a cathedral). It has everything you can imagine- stalls selling flowers, produce, toys, wood carvings, spices, Middle Eastern food, bratwursts, trinkets, and more. We grabbed lunch there. Mom chose a munsterwurst, hated it, and then ate a bratwurst instead. I tried some of the Middle Eastern food because there is a large Middle Eastern population in Freiburg, and it looked good. We shared some of the best cherries I had ever eaten. We checked out the markings on the cathedral that were used hundreds of years ago to set a standard of bread loaf sizes.
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Next we went to the Tin Figure museum up in one of the old town wall towers. (The one without the McDonald's.) It is a commonly overlooked museum that should be paid more attention to. We watched the old man who sold us our tickets hand paint some of the little tin figurines that were displayed throughout the two floors of the museum. All the figures depicted scenes of struggles for freedom in and around Friburg. They were amazingly detailed.
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The streets of Freiburg are lined with bachle (like little streams). They used to be used to extinguish fires, but now dogs drink out of them, people cool their feet off in them, and kids drag toy boats along them. The rumor is that if you fall in one, you will marry a Freiburger.
We hiked up the Schlossberg hill to get an amazing view of the city. At the top was a fortress used long ago to protect Freiburg. The hike was pleasant and peaceful.
After the hike we grabbed a snack of a pretzel and slice of black forest cake (we were in Germany, after all), and checked out the University. I was disappointed how this page turned out. It was not what I envisioned, but the pictures were too big to fit together the way I wanted them to. Oh well...
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Our dinner that night was the best we had eaten in Europe so far. (The cheapest too.) I fell in love with spaetzle and enjoyed some yummy Black Forest ham stuffed turkey. Mom had pork in gravy.
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After dinner, we went to an organ concert at the Munster. That church was so beautiful inside that we spent most of the concert looking at everything we could see from our back of the church seats. The music was beautiful, and it felt surreal to be listening to it in such a beautiful and ornate old cathedral.For this page's journal, I typed it up and printed it out on card stock paper. I think it makes it look a little neater.

Breakfast the next morning was at the hotel. It beat any hotel breakfast I have ever had in the US. We could choose from a dozen hot drinks, tons of breads, cereals, cheeses, cold cuts, tomatoes and cucumbers, jams, yogurts, and fruit. the Germans eat sandwiches for breakfast. We sampled the meat, but decided to stick with muesli and croissants.

We actually got to walk around and check the inside of the cathedral out after breakfast. Words cannot express how beautiful it was.
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We got to walk up into the bell tower and look out over the city. Mom was not too excited about this, but I convinced her to go up with me. All those steps were quite a work out, but the view was worth it. While we were up there, the bell went off, and we freaked out a bit. It made for good memories.
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The Augustiner museum was really cool. It housed old church relics, sculptures, and paintings. We saw stuff from the 800s along with the stone sculptures that had fallen off the Munster.

We had lunch at a cafe and grabbed some strawberries at the market. Once again, the food of Freiburg did not disappoint.

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Our last activity in Freiburg was the History Museum. It was all in German, so we couldn't really understand it, but the house it was in was cool. The basement looked like a dungeon, and the garden area had interesting sculptures representing the four seasons.

You'll have to wait until next time to hear about our adventures in France. I can't wait to share!

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