Bomlitz, Germany Day 91

Did you know that they have Trader Joe’s products over here in Germany? I was so excited to find a great selection of nuts and other yummies in the local grocery store called Aldi. Aldi is a huge grocery store chained owned by 2 brothers (one of whom recently died) and they are amongst the richest in Germany. They bought Trader Joes in the late 1970’s, and have brought select products to Europe. And talk about cheap! I have no idea what this wine might taste like… but look at the price! Most of the wine here is in this price range. I’m sure it’s just fine for an everyday table wine, and certainly won’t break the bank. I was thinking there must be WAY more alcoholics here with prices like this.

No, I didn’t buy any prunes…
I’m just not sure about wieners in a jar…
There are so many different kinds of beer in the stores here… and so many different flavours. Mint, grapefruit, ginger. I think I’ll stick to the classic stuff…
Our big event of the day was the Welt Vogel bird park. This place is spectacular! It has almost 700 species of birds, and beautiful gardens to explore. We were there for 4 hours, and I still didn’t see it all. I’m a total “bird nerd” so this was such a great place for Manfred and Karin to take me. They do a flight show where they bring out some pelicans to ham it up for the crowd, some birds of prey and various other birds that I don’t know the name of. The show was in German only, so I just followed along the best I could. I’m sure it was very entertaining with the dialogue. Or not, who knows? I was happy whatever the case.
The pelicans are definitely the clowns of the bird world.
For .50 you could buy some live grubs (yummy!) I fed a few to a pretty coral coloured bird that looked like a mini flamingo, and this is Manfred feeding a funny looking fellow.
He’s kind of cute though, isn’t he?
This is a typical German Strandkorb that they use at the beach at the Northern and Eastern Sea’s. Apparently they are lined up along the coast, and each one is *precisely* 1/2 metre apart from each other. They had a few scattered throughout the park to have a nice little rest in.
Baby birds! This is some sort of crane. I should have kept better track of bird names, but I didn’t, so oh well!
We felt so sorry for this bird. This guy was in his stall pacing around, and the other one was in the enclosure next door trying to look over the fence. Star crossed lovers! Why can’t they be together? They must be so lonely! Well, I looked at the website and the reason is the “physically superior female” attacks the smaller male when they’re not mating, so they have to be separated. I don’t know why, but that just made me giggle. You go girl! And no, I’m sure it’s not just PMS.
They have an Indonesian exhibit at the park with tropical birds. There was also a gaggle of fruit bats hanging in the trees. I’m strangely attracted to and repulsed by bats. These ones had really cute faces, but the way they move around around….. it just makes my skin crawl! So, I’m watching them for about 3 or 4 minutes, and getting more and more squicked out. I’m turning to walk away when suddenly something large flies by my head and I shriek like a girl until I realise (see next photo)
  That THIS is what flew past my head… oh my god, it took me 10 minutes to get the adrenaline out of my system. I guess I’m more scared of bats than I thought.
Toucans are the cutest! What’s that cereal called? Froot Loops?
This guy was very friendly, but they had a warning to not stick your fingers in the cage… me thinks someone may have lost one at some point from doing just that!
Looks just like the Earls paper mache parrot in the restaurant that one of my friends *might* have relocated at one point (to her home.) You know who you are! hee
Attack pelican!
Storks sitting on very large nests. How typical is that?
These pelicans are youngsters who are being separated from the adults until they are used to being outside. If only it were like that for humans and their teenagers… (:
The toucan is the mascot for the park, and you see figures like this all around town.
We went for a fabulous dinner after the park at a local brew pub, and I think that just might be my favourite meal so far. Forgot to take a photo (I was too hungry) but Manfred suggested this as being something regional, and delicious as he’d had it before.  It was pork roast with a jus made with the pan drippings and beer. Fried potatoes with onions and crispy bacon and a cabbage salad accompanied it. I will never be disdainful of the German cuisine again!

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3 Responses to Bomlitz, Germany Day 91

  1. Anonymous July 6, 2011 at 7:26 pm #

    Just wanted to say that I am REALLY enjoying your posts and reading about your journey. You made a bird park seem pretty fun. 🙂 -Reader from NYC

  2. Nethwen July 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    In North Carolina, we have a discount grocery store named Aldi’s. I wonder if it’s a branch of the German grocery.

  3. Andrea July 31, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

    @NYC, thanks! The bird park was a great way to spend a drizzly day!
    @ N. Carolina. It is, in fact one and the same!

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