You will be pleased to hear that after my initial dentist disaster here in Munich, we have found a perfectly brilliant, friendly and kind Dentist who is willing to speak English when my German fails me (i.e. most of the time). My Mum’s staying with us for half term, and she accompanied us to the Small People’s routine six-monthly check yesterday, and happened to mention that she was experiencing a bit of a problem. And almost before she could utter another word, she was x-rayed, and booked in for an extraction that very afternoon – German efficiency at its finest! There was no saving that poor tooth, but we did save Granny from thinking about it all day by taking her to the Tanz of the MarktFrau (a dance by the market women originating in 1897 and featuring costumes adorned with the goods they sell, and completely brilliant!) and the Carnival celebrations in the Viktualientmarkt.
We had been warned not to go to this, “far too busy for children” they said… All I can say is they have obviously never experienced Carnival London style! It was great fun, not overly crowded, and the atmosphere was fantastic! Plus there weren’t any intoxicated people at that time of day (although I can imagine that changed later in the day!)… The costumes were amazing too, leaving us feeling quite under dressed!
And because Small Boy was so cross that he wasn’t in fancy dress, after Granny had recovered sufficiently from the (swift and relatively painless) dreaded procedure, we called into another Carnival later that afternoon so he could cast a few spells on people. He made the glasses himself from pipe cleaners in case you’re wondering!
Oh, and although we did have pancakes for tea, the seasonal speciality in these here parts is these addictive donuts (or Krapfen) that come in hundreds of different flavours. We had to sample a couple of course after lunch at The BackSpielHaus. Don’t tell the dentist will you?
PS. Feel free to contact me if you need the Dentist’s details, I would highly highly recommend her!