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Lisa's week: All the fun of the fair

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’ve been travelling around Germany a little more than usual in the past weeks. Well, when I say travelling around, what I really mean is heading down the A61 to the Rheinhessen area where I’ve been enjoying all that wine country has to offer.

On my last trip down, I ended up at the Wormser Backfischfest which is apparently the largest wine and folk festival on the Rhine. Not to be confused with the Dürkheimer Wurstmarkt, which I also visited in 2016 and 2017, and which is the largest wine festival in the world! And then of course, there’s the more local (to me) Cranger Kirmes, which is simply the best place to go once a year to see the Ruhrpott at its best. The largest funfair in NRW and only second to the Munich Oktoberfest. Do I give you the idea that I like funfairs? Well, yes and no.

Since I’ve got older, I find myself managing to get up the courage for fewer and fewer of the rides. I could do all the loop or upside down rides and rollercoasters in the past. Up, down, over, under, tumbles and turns. Tummy flipping fun. These days? Not so much. I can’t go high, I don’t really want to go upside down, and I don’t really enjoy too much tummy flipping if I’m honest!

I enjoyed the carousel swings last year, I can always be tempted by the shrieking fun of the Wilde Maus (I had no idea that we even had these but apparently Wild Mouse or Crazy Mouse rides seem to be around in the UK after all!), love a classic rollercoaster and enjoy the views you can get from a Ferris Wheel. All a bit tame to be honest.

My latest love is the Sky Bar where you can get a drink at the bottom – a glass of local wine or a G&T for me please – and then take a gentle trip up to around 50 or 60m in a slowly rotating viewing platform. All rather more civilised but maybe not really exciting enough for the thrill seekers among you.

No trip to the fair would be complete without some sugared nuts, a crêpe with Nutella and at least one silly thing to take home with me whether that’s a unicorn balloon, a photo from one of the rides or a gingerbread heart. And of course, the people watching is whole lot of fun too.

Do we still have funfairs in the UK I wonder? Yes, there are plenty of fixed funfairs across the UK with many of them at the seaside. Perhaps one of the most famous being Blackpool Pleasure Beach which was opened in 1896 and owned and run by the Thompson family ever since. I couldn’t really find much information about travelling fairs but my impression seems to be that they are less common than when I was a child – I could be wrong. Maybe the UK isn’t “set up” in the same way as Germany for these events where you need a large community space to host them and enough “showmen families” to fill a large fairground. I remember visiting a local one in Birmingham and I couldn’t find any information about it online – has it closed down?

But with every small community here in Germany hosting its own fair or festival, my impression is that this is very much part of the German culture. Whether it’s Currywurst and a beer at Crange, or a glass of Riesling and some Winzerkäse at the Wienkerwe in Deidesheim, these days I’m more for the culinary experience than the rides.

The question is, which wine festival shall I visit this weekend?



What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"


Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!

Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

Episode 19: How do you say that?

Episode 20: Back to School!

Episode 21: Sweet cravings

Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?

Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"

Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)

Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?

Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.

Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!

Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot

Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?

Episode 30: Bless you!

Episode 31: What are you thankful for?

Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?

Episode 33: What's behind the door?

Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!

Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?

Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year

Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?

Episode 38: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends - part 2

Episode 39: What will the Year of the Rooster mean for you?

Episode 40: Sweet Valentine

Episode 41: A Reminder

Episode 42: I'll have mine with sugar and lemon juice, please!

Episode 43: The joy of golden daffodils

Episode 44: To correct or not to correct, that is the question

Episode 45: The whole world's going green!

Episode 46: Idiom of the week - Raining cats and dogs

Episode 47: The joke's on you!

Episode 48: Left over from the Middle Ages!

Episode 49: More calendar food-based ponderings

Episode 50: We use German words too

Episode 51: Celebrating St George

Episode 52: The perfect start to the day

Episode 53: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 1)

Episode 54: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 2)

Episode 55: The tiny apostrophe is actually something big (part 3)

Episode 56: Holiday season is coming!

Episode 57; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 1

Episode 58; ‘Tis the season (of Bank Holidays) – part 2

Episode 59: Summer Solstice

Episode 60: Harry Potter turns 20

Episode 61: Quick Tip of the Week - live, life, live

Episode 62: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Episode 63:  I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Episode 64: Stick a stamp on it!

Episode 65: Idiom of the week - Water under the bridge

Episode 66: I say QWERTY, you say QWERTZ

Episode 67: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 1)

Episode 68: Doing your homework and making mistakes! (Part 2)

Episode 69: Joking around in Scotland

Episode 70: The first day of school

Episode 71: Let's go down to the Wiesn!

Episode 72: Celebrating language

Episode 73: It's a Harry thing!

Episode 74: My favourite time of the year

Episode 75: TED-Ideas Worth Spreading

Episode 76: Grinning like a Cheshire cat

Episode 77: Enjoying the downtime

Episode 78: Talking Tenners

Episode 79: Do you need anything from the Hight Street?

Episode 80: Just another few minutes!

Episode 81: Counting the cards on my shelf.

Episode 82: What sign are you?

Episode 83: Great if you have a sweet tooth

Episode 84: It's an acquired taste!

Episode 85: New Year's Resolutions

Episode 86: Quick Tip of the week - go/come & take/bring

Episode 87: My Luve is Like a Red Red Rose

Episode 88: Once in a blue moon

Episode 89: Learning by Listening - part 1

Episode 90: Learning by Listening - part 2

Episode 91: This is the travel news!

Episode 92: The "Beast from the East" hits Western Europe!

Episode 93: The flu hits Lisa's Week

Episode 94: Spring forward and fall back

Episode 95: Holy Week

Episode 96: Quick Tip of the Week - prepositons of time

Episode 97: Perfect for dunking!

Episode 98: Part of the family

Episode 99: It's a boy!

Episode 100: Happy Anniversary to me!

Episode 101: To all the mothers out there

Episode 102: Up, up and away

Episode 103: A very British affair!

Episode 104: Getting boarded!

Episode 105: How do you say that?

Episode 106: Ready for departure?

Episode 107: Happy Father's Day

Episode 108: I'm leaving... on a jet plane... (Part 4)

Episode 109: Can football really come home?

Episode 110: A right royal christening

Episode 111: Touch down!

Episode 112: 70 years of public healthcare

Episode 113: The same but different

Episode 114: A long hot summer

Episode 115: Germany through a visitor's eyes

Episode 116: Quick Tip of the Week - question tags (part 1)

Episode 117: Quick Tip of the Week - question tags (part 2)