The Lernen to Talk Show: Episode 30 – Karneval!
In general, there are two things people immediately associate with Cologne. The mammoth Kölner Dom, and Karneval. The two are in fact connected, as Karneval is a strangely Catholic holiday, similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnivale in Rio. From Thursday until the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the whole city turns to a huge party. Hundreds of thousands of people, united in the spirit of indulgence, flock to the city to wear costumes and drink in the streets. Schools are closed, bars are opened, and merry is made until the bell tolls twelve Tuesday night, at which point everybody parades around their neighborhood with a dummy called a Nubbel, which represents the sins of Karneval. The Nubbel is then burned and the weekend is forgotten and everybody goes back to work. One of the many highlights of the festival comes on “Rose Monday” in the form of an enormous parade. I managed to find a couple LTTS guests in the midst of the mayhem while waiting for the parade to start. Stay tuned after the conversation for some exclusive clips of the start of the parade, including the official opening speech given of course in Kölsch, the dialect of German so dearly spoken in these parts.
1:43 – You should’ve seen it.
1:52 – I wanted to have him on the show, but unfortunately he was standing on the other side of the parade.
2:13 – Chilling.
3:26 – One of the coolest things about Cologne is that it’s filled with old medieval structures like this one.
Bonus! I uploaded this episode in 1080p. Do you notice the difference? I’m not sure I do…