As a not too good democrat but interested in modern politics Marie Sophie visited the Saarland to follow the mayoral election in the town of Saarbrücken. The canditate of the CDU Uwe Conradt and supersedes Charlotte Britz won. This is the first time that the CDU won after 40 years. Here she sits at a fountain in front of the beautiful city hall in Saarbrücken “Rathaus St. Johann” built 1897-1900. It was drafted by Georg von Hauberisser who also drafted the city hall in Munich.
Things to know about the Saarland:
As it is the smallest of the German areal states there live only about a million Saarländer. So erverybody knows each other or at least he knows someone who knows someone.
Important word to know is a word with different meanings:
Schwenker: a special barbeque grill which is often home made or made by someone you know or by someone who knows someone who knows someone in the Saarland. Often a piece which is past over from generation to gerneration and it is a shame if you buy it in a hardware store.
Schwenker: the person (chef) who is grilling/barbequing
Schwenker: the meat which is barbequed
Schwenker : Brandy Glass, “los uns eene schwenka : lets have a drink
Ei jo: Bavarian: Ja mei, english: Well, …
Ei nee: Bavarian: no translation possible, english,: Well, no
Schwädz kenn Fubbes! english: don’t be silly
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