Hessentag 2011…done.

26 Jun

I’m a little late with this recap, but I’ve been meaning to tell you about Hessentag.  So, the overall conclusion is: it was fine.  Fun while it lasted but nice to have things back to normal around here.  Driving was a complete pain- don’t even get me started on the obnoxious 20 minute detour I had to take to get to my house when I was all of 500 meters (yes, I’m all metric now) away.  So frustrating.  And I’ve realized that no matter where you go, you can’t escape bad Neil Diamond covers.  I mean EVERYONE wants to sing “Sweet Caroline”, and tone-deaf Germans are no exception.  But aside from a few inconveniences and a bit of additional noise at night, things weren’t too bad.  In fact, I think Quinn was rather happy to have so much to do right outside our door.

On the first Saturday that Hessentag was going on there was a huge party in one of the outdoor arenas that was set up for concerts.  It was called “Just White” and you’ll see why below.  Apparently it was “the best party ever!”.  We wouldn’t know.  But Joe and I did enjoy sitting on our front steps watching the swarms of enthusiastic party-goers pass by.  The couple pictures below were taken from our third floor window.

"Just White" party goers passing by our house.

"Hey, let's all wear white and head into a field for a big party!"

Quinn rode a little carousel for the first time.  Of course the very first time we put her on, we didn’t have our cameras.  She loved it and didn’t want off.  The next couple times, she seemed a little less sure about the whole deal.  Her friend Sophia however, was obsessed and threw a monster fit when she was finally pulled off the ride kicking and screaming.  I didn’t take a picture of that either, but is it terrible that I sort of wanted to capture Quinn maintaining composure while another child came totally un-glued?  I was so tempted.

Quinn and Sophia riding in the truck... Quinn is locking in on where Daddy is.

And now she is checking in with me...Sophia on the other hand doesn't care at all where her parents are, ha!

One of Quinn’s favorite parts of Hessentag was venturing to the area set up with animals for the kids to see.  The horses were a particular favorite.  Almost daily she went to the door “neighing” to let us know she wanted to go see the horses.  I wish I would have taken more (better) pictures because they were so beautiful.  And there were a few foals there too who were only 4 weeks old.  Precious.

Side note- it was so sunny, I could barely see at all. And yes, it was cold enough for sweaters in June! It was freezing actually. Not the best picture, but it shows some of our friends we visited every day for a week and a half!

We also made many trips to see the ducks:

Quinn watching the ducks..and yes her feet are in the fence and off the ground. She tried scaling the fence several times, but it was pretty wobbly and wouldn't really support her weight.


Quack, quack. Um the ducks here are different. I don't think you can really tell in this picture, but I've never seen these kind before.

"Why do we have to be separated by a fence? I hate boundaries."

Here are a few extra miscellaneous photos:

These carts stuffed with huge pretzels and breads are at all German festivals/ street parties. Personally I find them to be disappointing though- they never taste as good as they look. Do you think Dr. Atkins was German?


These however were not disappointing. With a light dusting of vanilla sugar, they were quite delicious!

People starting to get their spots for a parade.


Sassy pants thinks she's a big shot walking through the crowd of people.

We survived the set-up, tear-down, and 1.5 million people streaming through our little town.  I guess the highlights were: the food, the animals, and the people watching!  Now it’s back to our normal, quieter daily routines.







2 Responses to “Hessentag 2011…done.”

  1. Heather June 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    This looks like fun! I could see how it would get old after awhile!! It’s kind of a long version of the feast only not as awesome as being in Little Italy! Haha!! I’m sure the people watching was awesome. So disappointing to hear that the pretzels didn’t taste as amazing as they looked!
    Also Quinn is GINORMOUS!!! I can’t wait to see you guys!!!!

    • Rachael June 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm #

      Quinn is so ginormous…you have no idea. And she thinks I can carry her everywhere; it’s like going to the gym! We can’t wait to see to you too 🙂

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