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Habt ihr dieses Karnevalskostüm gesehen?

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Die fünfte Jahreszeit geht langsam zu Ende. Wer am Rosenmontagszug des Kölner Karnevals teilgenommen hat, weiß, dass das jecke Treiben nicht nur Spaß macht, sondern auch anstrengend ist. Zuerst einmal benötigt man das richtige Kostüm.

The fifth season is unfortunately coming to an end today… Anyone who has taken part in the Shrove Monday Procession of Cologne carnival knows that the hustle and bustle is not only fun but also exhausting. However, t is totally worth it! Even though I have a cold now. 😉

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Als Frau will man natürlich auch verkleidet gut aussehen, deshalb habe ich mich für das Kostüm der sexy Zirkusdirektorin in den Farben Blau, Rot und Weiß, passend zu den Farben des Kölner Karnevals, entschieden. An den kälteren Tagen habe ich meinen langen Frack angezogen, damit es nicht so kalt wird. 🙂

Schwer wurde es dann erst, als ich mal zur Toilette musste. Männer haben es in dieser Beziehung so viel leichter. Sie können sich einfach an eine Hecke oder Ähnliches stellen und sich erleichtern. Bei uns Frauen ist das ein wenig komplizierter. Frauen müssen eine Toilette suchen, und wenn sie keine finden können, müssen sie sich irgendwo abseits der Leute auf den Straßen hinhocken. Gut, dass ich mir in weiser Voraussicht einen GoGirl angeschafft habe!

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First of all, you need the right costume. As a woman, you also want to look well dressed, so I decided to go for the costume of the sexy circus director in the colours blue, red and white, matching the colours of the Cologne carnival. Outside, I preferred my tailcoat so that I did not get too cold.

It became difficult when I had to go to use the restroom. Men have it so much easier. You can simply stand by a hedge or something like that. As a woman, it is a little bit more complicated. Women have to look for a toilet and if they cannot find one, they have to squat down somewhere off the street. It was a good thing that I had bought myself a GoGirl in wise foresight!

Was ist ein GoGirl? – What is a GoGirl?

Bei GoGirl handelt es sich um eine trichterartige Urinierhilfe für Frauen. Es besteht aus flexible, hautfreundlichem Silikon und ermöglicht es, als Frau im Stehen die Blase zu leeren. Dazu muss man das GoGirl einfach nur eng anlegen und vielleicht ein bis zwei mal zu Hause üben. Der Hersteller wirbt damit, dass es in jede Handtasche passt und hygienisch ist.

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GoGirl is a funnel-like urine aid for women. It is made of flexible, skin-friendly silicone and makes it possible to empty the bladder as a woman while standing. To do this, you just have to put the GoGirl up tight and practice it one or two times at home. The manufacturer promotes that it fits in every handbag and is hygienic.

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Der Test – The test

Im Kölner Karneval hat es mir definitiv geholfen, GoGirl dabei gehabt zu haben. Ich musste nicht wie letztes Jahr verzweifelt eine Toilette suchen und dann mit einer dreckigen zufrieden geben, sondern konnte mich ganz diskret in den Büschen verstecken und hygienisch erleichtern.
GoGirl ist also für alle Outdooraktivitäten praktisch und weiterzuempfehlen!

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During Cologne Carnival, it definitely helped me to have a GoGirl. I did not have to look for a toilet like last year and then take a dirty one but I could hide in the bushes very discreetly and hygienically. GoGirl is therefore practical and also recommendable for all outdoor activities!

ALAAF YOU – Cologne’s carnival guide

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If you haven’t been to Cologne, the 5th season is definitely the best time of the year. The fun starts on November 11th, 11:11 am, and ends in February or March. In between that time, you will meet several costumed and drunk people, who celebrate “Fastelovend”. The high season of parades and carnival session is between “Weiberfastnacht”, a Thursday, and Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is famous for eating fish and finishing the 5th season.

Parade Carnival Cologne Weiberfastnacht

Where to go at “Weiberfastnacht”?

On the 11th of November, you will find most of the people in the old town. The famous carnival bands will open the season at the “Heumarkt” or “Altermarkt”.

You have to be early at those squares to get a good spot. As it is free, everyone wants to be there. Be aware that no glass bottles are allowed! After the musical highlights and drinking a couple of beers, you go to a pub. Which one? That depends on you! All students celebrate in the pubs in “Südstadt”. The pub, ”Zum Goldenen Schuss”, has a wide choice of drinks, fair prices, a great atmosphere and cool people.

Gaffel am Dom is also famous for its great parties for all ages!”

Gaffel am Dom, Parade, Carnival Cologne, Weiberfastnacht

Personally, I like the parties at the “Alten Wartesaal”. It is always great fun, and resides very close to the main train station, which makes it easy to get home.

The biggest carnival session will be on the 12th of November, this year, at the Kölnarena. Even if the tickets are around 30€, it is worth it! You will experience cologne carnival just within a few hours; all well-known carnival bands will be on stage, as well as carnival speakers and the best carnival dancing groups! I am sure that you will love it!

Parade Carnival Cologne Weiberfastnacht

What to eat?

Typical and traditional food in Cologne:

  • Himmel un Ääd (Heaven and Earth) – a mixture of mashed potatoes and apple pieces
  • Kölsche Kaviar – Not real caviar 😉 It is black pudding, rye oll and onions
  • Flönz – sausage and black pudding
  • Rheinisher Soorbrode – beef dish with a sauce of raisins, dumpling and red cabbage
  • Halver Hahn – Rye Roll with Dutch cheese, butter and mustard
  • Mett – MY FAVORITE!!! Ground pork with onions on a roll

Koelsch beer, served in 0,2 litre glasses, is a light ale and only brewed in Cologne. So don’t forget to try it!

Basically, all breweries such as “Früh”, “Sion”, “Malzmühle” etc. serve local food and are worth taking note of. They are also inexpensive. Once a year, I always visit brewery “Päffgen” and I love it!

Although the waiters, also known as “Köbes” in Cologne, aren’t the nicest, the atmosphere is always great!

What to wear?

Don’t worry if you have no costume yet. There a loads of shops in the city where you can buy a costume. Deiters, for example, has a wide range of costumes.

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As a woman, you should always be careful. The shorter, the more dangerous it will be! 😉

Have you always wanted to dress up as super hero, clown or princess? If yes, carnival in Cologne will be the right place for you!

To get into the right mood & to know one traditional song, listen to “Viva Colonia”.