For the first time in a while, we took a stroll back to the old neighborhood for the Maidult festival running there for a few days yet. You can count on the Dult, in May or in the Fall, to provide plenty of good people watching. It’s like an American amusement park in that regard — it takes all kinds and all kinds do show up for the beer tents, rickety rides, carnival games, and odd specialty goods for sale.
We were there with some of my work peeps whom I don’t see much anymore.
You can see that the middle of the bridge is still covered up in a tenty, shed-like thing. We haven’t heard any news about progress, or the lack thereof. Have you?
Then again, maybe it doesn’t matter much, especially if you’re one of the people enjoying a warm evening with friends on the bank.
Seems everyone is ready for this weird summer to be over. One more week of Dult, and then we’ll know for sure we’re in Autumn Mode. Sarah and I went out with some friends to celebrate their anniversary. Click the pictures to embiggen them if you like. Continue reading Herbstdult 2013
Sunday marked the final day of the Regensburger Maidult 2011. We managed to visit a few times — more than usual — for a taste of the local carny flavor. But don’t worry — there’ll be plenty of Fest over the summer to tide you over until the Herbstdult rolls around again in August. Here’s a short video of the Bierzelt flavor, for the uninitiated. Note: this is the Early-Sunday-Afternoon Oma & Opa vibe, which I much prefer to the inevitable Sweet Home Alabama and Country Roads vibe — that’s for evening Dult events.
In other news, Regensburg proudly unveiled its World Heritage Visitor Center on Saturday night. It is a free, permanent exhibit explaining what it takes to be a World Heritage Site and why Regensburg fulfills those requirements. It has a lot of potential visitors from our household over the coming weeks. I think it’ll be perfect for those just getting off the train, after just getting off the plane, trying to stay awake as long as possible to beat the jet lag on the first day before crashing out. It’s right on the Danube banks in the Salzstadel (right next to the Weenie Shack of the Ages), has all text in German and English, and features of plenty interactivity: buttons to push, motion-triggered movies, “secret” cupboards the curious can open to dig deeper into Regensburg’s cultural past. It was neat!
We stumbled around Albertplatz in blinding snow whipped into our faces by the wind and were really disoriented for a few minutes until we could look at map and re-orient ourselves. Then it became pretty easy. We headed toward this restaurant on the recommendation of a travel guide for the city of Dresden. We liked the layout of the travel guide, but I’m questioning the authors’ taste after tonight. This place wasn’t bad, but the service definitely was hit-or-miss, and the food didn’t wow us. It was fine, but we’ve come to expect better from restaurants recommeded by travel guides.
Bar none, this was my favorite dining experience in Iasi. Nelu kindly took me on a night-time driving tour of the town, which ended here. I’d been looking for an authentic Romanian restaurant to try ever since I arrived on my first trip to Iasi back in November 2006. I am so glad he showed me this restaurant.
Nelu told me that Romanians like their food sour, and he was not kidding. We had crusty, crunchy bread on which we spread olive paste and red pepper paste, and an appetizer of dill pickles dusted with paprika. I tried a Romanian beer brewed in Iasi that is quickly getting famous. It was very good.
For the main course, I had mutton with polenta and sheep’s cheese. It was excellent. The sheep’s cheese adds a great tangy flavor to the polenta and also compliments the flavors of the mutton.
I recommend this place to anyone visiting Iasi looking for authentic Romanian cuisine. It’s so hard to find traditional places like these among all the pizza/Italian restaurants!