I ate too much in Germany but it was always different and good. We were a group of 50 so the meals were prearranged with only vegetarians or people with food allergies receiving different foods. We ate Turkish; Italian, three kinds of raviolis, all without meat but delicious; Vietnamese; traditional German meatballs with boiled potatoes in the Dutch Quarter of Postsdam, Schnitzel with spargel in an upscale restaurant in Oranienberg after visiting the horrific concentration work camp of Sachsenhausen, lamb on skewers, goulash with noodles, so many different foods.

One of our final excursions was a punt trip on the Spreewald. “The Spreewald (German for “Spree Woods”) It was designated a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 1991. It is known for its traditional irrigation system which consists of more than 200 small channels. The landscape was shaped during the ice-age. It was fascinating to learn that people live on these small channels, mail delivery even comes by by boat.

We were met by a local woman who is a member of the Sorbian people who have inhabited this area for centuries. She gave a bit of history including how the local people are trying to keep the traditional language. She was wearing a traditional dress that she had made herself with elaborate embroidery. She said that it takes her 40 minutes to dress.

Sorbian woman in traditional dress

Sorbian woman in traditional dress

After punting for two hours through narrow streams lined with ferns, tall trees and no other signs of habitation, we came to a river/canal side pub with canoes and kayaks pulled ashore and many tables outside and inside. We were served with a blini (pancake) with a bit of applesauce and whipped cream. IMG_4592-001

This was a snack before we reached our final destination with a meal of traditional German food. In my case a pork loin with a dumpling and vegetables.