Travellings: Deutschland #14 Shopping Lists and Enemas

Yesterday was the beginning of Oktoberfest, or Wiesn, if you speak Bavarian. I got home on Friday, absolutely shattered to find that Ben and co. had plans to get to the beer tents for 7 the next morning.

I had been looking forward to a lie-in all week.

As it turns out, I simply wasn’t up to it and ended up staying in bed to a slightly more human hour. I later met up with Alice, who has recently moved out and we ended up spending a stupid amount on clothes shopping.

(I would like to add that this was the first time in I don’t know how long that I actually felt vaguely feminine.)

This evening has resulted in another language howler. Except seeing as we were all so hideously over-tired, we ended up crying with laughter.

I was writing a shopping list, and wanted to say “bake”, as in “pasta bake”, which is “Auflauf” in German. Unfortunately there is also the word “Ablauf” in German, meaning “sequence” or “flow”. I ended up saying the latter word, at which point my flatmate corrected me and I proceeded to whinge about how unhelpful the German language is with all these silly prepositions that you can stick on the front of the word to change the meaning. I then proceeded to list out what I thought were random, fictional words; one of which was the word “Einlauf”.

Upon hearing this word, my Mitbewohnerin burst out laughing and asked if I knew what it meant and then wouldn’t (or couldn’t because she was laughing so hard) tell me what it was.

Thank goodness I typed it into an online dictionary and not Google.

Einlauf is the German for enema.

German language: 3, Becca: 0.

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