They eat them like we do, with sour cream (quark) and apple sauce. Jews and Germans are the same people, turns out. The apple sauce is the freshest I'd ever had - made that day.
We now know why Germany is called Germany in English but Deutschland in German (Deutsch). The various peoples living throughout the area now known as Germany had different names - the Germania peoples were eventually joined together with the Teutonians (the letters D and T in German and English have opposite sounds). The modern name of Deutschland comes from the 1880s. But the old names from prior times were still known by the Brits so we got Germany.
We heard stories of what it was like to grow up behind the Iron Curtain; needing special permission to visit Grandma in the 5km wide border zone; learning all about Native Americans in school and how modern (European) Americans were the invading conquerers; singing Yiddish and Hebrew songs in church because the history of Christians and Christ starts with Judaism and they considered it a shared history.
We learned about the difference between east and west when it comes to first days of school - in the west they call it a Schultüte, or school cone, but in the east they call it like it is, it's a Zuckertüte - sugar cone. And we laughed and laughed and laughed.
Below are the pictures of life on the farm... we miss our new friends already.
geese and chickens, ready for supper
The ducks. They inspired me come up with the word: ducksgusting. I'm sure I'm not the first.
The south west corner. Barn with solar panels.
Joshua bringing fresh grass and branches to the goats. This is the main street through town.
The youngest child feeding the shyest goat some potato peels
Got a goat by the neck, just for fun
And the goats can get up here!
In my element
Just some more scrambling
what to expect in school Zuckertüte
hidden among the candy - something useful for the little guy starting school
What's really going on... pumping kids up for school