Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oldenzaal Carnival

My brother Garrett and his girlfriend Nicole were able to get very cheap last minute airfare from Los Angeles and so decided make a spontaneous visit to Europe. They arrived in Dusseldorf on Friday afternoon and spent the evening and following morning there to see a little of Germany. On Saturday afternoon, they made the two hour train trip to Enschede where Roxi and I met them and welcomed them to the Netherlands.

We hit the ground running immediately and brought them to the weekly market to give them that experience. Later we returned to our apartment to relax and visit before heading back into town for some dinner and drinks. While we were home, we had a wonderful chat on Skype with the family who were all back in Louisiana for Mardi Gras. It was great to have the whole family together even though Garrett, Nicole, Roxi and I were thousands of miles away. I love the Internet!

This afternoon, we headed for Oldenzaal, a town only a few miles from Enschede, to participate in the annual Carnival celebration. It was just like Mardi Gras in Lafayette only the parade floats were much more elaborate and there were no beads.

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