Today is a special holiday only here in our town. The name translates to Silly Thursday, wherein people wear long white shirts and white long-johns and paint their noses red to show how wild and crazy they are. And also how drunk they can get. Yeah, Bavarians try to chase away the winter blues with Fasching. It’s the local version of Mardi Gras, and I really should try to get into it, because God knows I need something to distract me from the fact that it’s still winter, but I just can’t. Mardis Gras with no zydeco and no samba? No thank you.
Anyway, Silly Thursday is part of the Fasching tradition, but only in this one town. The kids get the day off school, and because none of us want to wear white jammies and run around town drinking beer, I usually take the opportunity to take them to Munich and do something that would ordinarily be too crowded with other people’s kids.
This time we went to the Sea Life Center and it was waycool. Unlike of the website, which is very flashy but poorly organized, the Center itself looks kind of dull and limited at first but there’s always something more around the next corner, and it’s very well-organized. You start with a little version of the Isar, the river that runs through Munich – fish typical of this river, and a crate of empty beer bottles, very authentic. Then you go through the Danube, look at the water in a port and at the Danube delta, and then into the Black Sea exhibit. And there’s a shipwreck section and a sunken city section, and we saw seahorse feeding time, which was like science-fiction cool! It was a lot of really interesting stuff in one place, and we bought yearly passes so we can go back. The Sniglet said it was the most fun he’s had since Legoland. Praise indeed.
Song du jour of the day: Rock Lobster, by the B-52s.
Oh – edited to add: the information at Sea Life is in German and English, so come visit and we’ll take you there!