02 July 2007

Albanifest


On Sunday we caught the train for Winterthur and the Albanifest, a carnival happening in their Altstadt (Old City).

The carnival offered rides galore...


Most of which I would never personally ride!

But I did enjoy watching all the people. Especially the faces that said "What in tarnation are they doing up there?" Or whatever the Schweizer Deutsch equivalent is.


And, of course, there was artery-clogging food galore.

Although after watching these pigs on a spit...

I almost became a vegetarian!

But they did have some healthy choices.

Got milk?

And many booths offered fresh fruit. Although I am not certain how healthy it is after you dip it in chocolate, sprinkle nuts and add whipped cream.

After walking around for a couple of hours, it was time to sit in the shade at one of the many beer/wine gardens.

Ya know, the local red wine wasn't bad after the 2nd or 3rd glass.

And it was fun to watch this Swiss-Style Oompah Band. Especially as they were so obviously having fun themselves!


7 comments:

Mary Kay said...

If there's no tuba, it's not an oompah band. Did I see you waiting on tables in that film?

Marykay

Global Librarian said...

No, that was not me serving! It was an older woman with frumpy clothes! Yikes!

And I knew it wasn't an Oompah Band, which technically must have four members, a tuba and play traditional Bavarian folk music. But I haven't a clue what they are called in Switzerland. :-)

Kirk said...

Whatever they're called, I'll bet it has lots of umlauts.

Does the Albanifest have anything to do with Albania?

Global Librarian said...

The festival dates back to 1264 and celebrates St. Alban's Day.

Beth said...

I love that giant milk stand thingy. So European!

Marcy said...

We've actually found the local wines from this part of Switzerland (Geneva and surrounding) to be quite good. I think Gamays are a type of wine made here that we've tried a few times and liked.

Expat Traveler said...

how cool! And the video at the end takes the cake...