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Here's my new coffee mug… I know you've been wondering if I bought another one back in December at the Vancouver Christmas Market.
|Hand painted - from Poland (okay, at least it's from Europe)|
|Little extra detailing on the inside - sweet!|
|On the right, last year's mug. I alternate between the two.|
Now, I know it says Vancouver Christmas Market - but, reading their site you'd have thought it was based on the amazing Christmas Markets of German. (Rather than link this to one, might I suggest a google search of “german christmas markets”, then hit Images - you’ll be amazed)
I was gravely disappointed this year.
Anyway, my disappointment stems from the fact I am Austrian. I hold fast to many of my ancestors traditions. (yodelling being key)
And this is especially for Al - I know how much he'll appreciate a traditional version!
Since I don't have the opportunity (with any ease) to jump a plane and enjoy REAL German style Christmas Markets I though, hey, this is cool.
Yes, there were vendors from Germany and Austria, but something was sorely missing. It was more the atmosphere than the shops that let me down with its piped in music that wasn't even remotely in tune with the season - let alone having any Germanic undertone.
Not a hint of Oom Pah Pah anywhere. (Go ahead, google Oom Pah Pah - click Images - I’ll wait)
|You really, I mean really, need to visit this site.|
Click on the audio link.You'll know why I was soooooooo disappointed.
Yea, I own an accordion. (Stop laughing Al!)
And - here's a little bee in my bonnet I'd like to share.
What's with charging admission to these things?
Rent is being charged to the merchants. The buck should stop there. I need to be able to arrive, enter free of charge (like going to a shopping mall) and then spend my hard earned (undervalued) after tax Canadian dollar as I see fit.
This goes for ALL types of Fairs and Shows - if merchants must pay to exhibit then the patrons should have free entry to see them.
Someone really needs to open this can of worms. Hmmm, in between my 15 minute free write and being Molly Domestic with my new Crock-Pot I think I have time!
|Source - Google search for 'can of worms'|
What’s your take on paying an entrance fee these kinds of events?