I alluded earlier in the blog that I would do a mini adventure post... and here it is! Depending on the success perhaps this will be a semi-regular post.
Eric and I put off laundry until we could no longer. There is no laundry in our building, the closest (and only) laundry mat in town is luckily only a few blocks away. Unfortunately it is not open on Sundays (like everything else in Germany) which means you have to give up a weeknight. So we packed up a lot of clothes into our backpacks (large hiking backpacks) and trucked off to Bistro Waschbrett. A combination cafe and laundry mat.
One reason we were putting off laundry is that it is 4 euros a load and .50 per 10 minutes of drying! This translates to VERY expensive. When we walked in it looked pretty much like a laundromat except everything is in German. We were looking at the machines trying to figure out what to do when a nice guy asked us if we needed help. YES! He explained everything in perfect English. It isn't too complicated but there is this weird 1/3 soap in this compartment, 2/3 soap in that compartment that we would never have figured out on our own. We were able to cram all our laundry into only 4 loads.
After we got the laundry going it was dinner time! There is an adjoining door where you can go into the bistro aspect. The bistro looks more like a bar but there is a rather large menu. We ordered food which was really cheap! Surprising since the laundry is so expensive.
Notice our Ja! laundry soap on the table. While we were eating our loads finished so we just got up mid meal, threw the wash in the dryer and came back and finished eating. I even saw the owner of the place serving food / drink to people in the laundry mat so you don't even have to come sit in the restaurant part. The whole adventure only took 2 hours from the time we left our apartment to the time we got back. And we got our laundry done and dinner! Not so painful after all.
Wehrda is a small town right next to Marburg. The only real special thing about it is it has a large shopping area with a bunch of stores Marburg does not have. I have been complaining about my pillow that came with the apartment. I tried to buy a pillow in Marburg but could only find ones that were 80 euros. A friend of ours suggested we could find cheaper pillows in Wehrda. We decided to make it more exciting and walk rather than take the bus. This turned out to be pretty successful. It was a little wet but overall nice. We got to walk along the river for most of it and came across some pleasant things. By far the most interesting was this thing in the middle of nowhere.
We looked at it for a long time and we think you buy bike inner tubes from it. Underneath the graffiti you can see the word 'fahrrad' which means bike. Spark plugs were also an option we considered.
We easily found the shopping area and bought a more reasonable pillow for a mere 15 euros. (Still expensive- I think my pillow in Oregon cost $4). Sadly I had to buy a 10 euro pillow case to go with it. But the pillow is very comfortable and I am very happy with the purchase.
Here we are waiting for the bus in the scenic Wehrda shopping district. We were not up for walking back- it was a over a 4 mile trek there. We also did a little grocery shopping at the much larger Tegut. (See grocery bag Eric is holding). Eric is representing the NW by wearing his Seattle Supersonic t-shirt.
The very next day we were looking for something to do on a Sunday and so we decided to go to the Marburg Botanical Garden. We had heard of it but to be honest it has not been at the top of our to do list. Since very few things are open on Sundays it seemed like the time to go. Plus since our Saturday was a trip to Wehrda it seemed hard to go wrong. We showed up to the garden and it was craziness! Unbeknownst to us there was a weekend garden market going on- tons of people and plant selling!
This actually made the garden really nice. We walked around looking at all the market stalls. Lots of plant selling but also lots of garden art, food, outdoor fireplaces, gardening clothes etc. Some nice church looking ladies were running a waffle stand so we bought one.
Notice Eric is wearing the same shirt. Eric- we just did laundry! No need to conserve! We also walked around the botanical garden a bit. The flower market was only going on in part of the garden so there were lots of places to explore without so many people.
While we were walking we came across this book shack. I think you borrow a book to read in the garden? Most of the books were in German but some were in English.
Botanical garden was great! We are still planning on going back when no festival is going on. Starting in October the garden is free so we will wait a little longer.
We finally made it up to the farmer's market. It is held in the old town in the market square. It was great! Very small and low key but lots of delicious things.
This is Eric posing with the cheese truck.
Now here is the meat truck.
This is Eric buying a fish sandwich for lunch.
Eric with his goods- a fish sandwich and a weird German poppyseed pastry thing.
This is the final picture of all the delicious things we bought (minus the fish sandwich- Eric ate it!) The thing on the left was my lunch- zweibelkuchen or onion cake. The thing below it is the previously mentioned poppyseed pastry thing. We also bought this produce because it seemed like we should. Overall it was a great trip to the farmers market. Hopefully we can go again, not sure for how much longer they run.
Thanks for making it to the end of the mini adventure post! Auf Wiedersehen!