tger greenhaddock: I want to be in Rio

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

I want to be in Rio

It’s been a busy last couple of days. Yesterday Mrs H and I went to the gym again, followed by the sauna. It was the first time we had tried the sauna at the gym, and we were impressed. There are 4 saunas, 100°c, 90°c, 75°c and 55°c, of which we tried the 2 lowest temp ones. There is also a swimming pool, solarium, massage, steam room, a couple of whirlpools, snack bar and a nice relaxing area. We will be using this facility a lot more often.

In the afternoon was the Marburg Karneval parade, so we went down town with some friends to watch it. After 12 years of not going to Karneval, I finally relented and went (I’m not counting when I went to Rio many years ago for the Carnival). The Juniorette was dressed as a cowgirl, shouted Helau at every opportunity, and came home with a massive bag of sweets. All I can say is that I had a totally different experience when I was in Brazil.

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17 Comments:

Blogger J said...

Tell us, did you wear a costume?

February 28, 2006 1:59 PM  
Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Yet another Faschingsmuffel? Speaking of Rio. I was talking to a guy at work last night. We both agreed that Fasching should be a purely Southern Hemisphere thing.

February 28, 2006 2:19 PM  
Blogger Ms Mac said...

That picture is fabulous! It does funny things to my eyeballs in a totally good way!

February 28, 2006 4:16 PM  
Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Ahhh, the Juniorette made you do it :-)

Hehe- seems like she's got you where she wants you. Hey look, I know these things. I'm a daddy's little girl, too (even though I'm 40).

February 28, 2006 6:48 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

J - Yes, I was dressed as a grumpy Englishman :)

Just Another - I believe I am Faschingsmuffel (great word). The Southern Hemisphere seems to do this much better!

Ms Mac - The picture make me feel wierd if I look at it for too long :)

Canadianswiss - I'm slowly realising the Juniorette can wind me round her little finger :)

February 28, 2006 7:29 PM  
Anonymous lydia said...

i saw the carnivals on TV, they were the most organised carnivals i have ever seen. A bit cold for that kind of carry on isn't it?

February 28, 2006 8:41 PM  
Blogger versteckt said...

I was in Local Central last night with some people and I had to wait outside for about 20 minutes before they arrived (because I'm ridiculous with being on time). The amount of Karneval craziness out in front of the Rathaus was insane. I'm definitely glad I avoided all of that insanity most of the day.

February 28, 2006 9:32 PM  
Blogger J said...

haddock, funny, when I was asked what my costume was today at work (the Carnival Idiots were still out in force), I told them a happy American.

February 28, 2006 11:20 PM  
Blogger EuroTrippen said...

I want your gym! I feel sure here in cash-deprived former east germany that their idea of a 'sauna' is a muddy part of the Elbe on a non-snowy day.

March 01, 2006 10:07 AM  
Blogger Hamish said...

Yeah, where is your gym located? In ancient Rome?

March 01, 2006 11:30 AM  
Blogger Biognome said...

That pic kind of spooks me a bit. Perhaps it's that feeling of movement that zooms in on the clown's face and being lost in a large crowd.
Or maybe it's just a flashback to Stephen King's "It." I dunno.

March 01, 2006 3:21 PM  
Blogger Dr.John said...

Your a wimp. Non of those saunas was hot enough. A real Finn wouldn't be caught dead in them. They aren't real saunas anyway. You have to have rocks to throw water on and no control of the temperature for a real sauna. Those puny imitations make me sick.
You also need an ice cold lake to jump into when you come out ar at least snow to roll in.
Well I am glad you got to the parade.

March 01, 2006 3:21 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

Uhm that sounds like a real wellness center to me - we are going to visit one of those soon. I have heard that some of the places they have a mother-to-be massage thingy - I would love to check that out.

I think I would stay away at least from the 100C sauna too !

March 01, 2006 3:44 PM  
Blogger Martin Stickland said...

Hello mate,

I thought that photo of the clown was you and I thought what the hell has the gym done to him.

It's cold here but maybe as not as cold as it is there!

Take care

Bye!

Martin

March 01, 2006 11:45 PM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Lydia - Carnival should be held in the warmth where your hand doesn't freeze to the beer bottle! :)

Viernach - I heard it gets kind of crazy around the rathaus.

J - A good answer :)

Eurotrippen - It is a nice gym. I think we made the right choice.

Hamish - Some of the other sauna users looked like they were from anacient Rome :)

Dale - It is Stephen King like isn't it.

Dr John - I did use the cold plunge, which is bloody cold. But I would never make a real Finn :)

Nan - Hope you enjoy your visit to the wellness centre, but stay away from the hot saunas :)

Martin - I definately feel like a clown when I am at the gym sometimes! :)

March 02, 2006 12:22 AM  
Blogger Kim/Thomas said...

did you take the picture, it is really cool!
kim

March 03, 2006 4:10 AM  
Blogger Haddock said...

Kim/Thomas - The picture is from my local newspaper. It's a great photo though :)

March 03, 2006 11:29 PM  

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