May Day Celebrations
Our host family in Germany live in a small village about 10 kilometres outside Siegen, the main town.
Last year the programme was a bit different from the usual as we had more social time with them and we were able to enjoy the beautiful countryside where they live.
We took part in the 1st May celebrations where it seemed the whole village came out of their homes and gathered together in one street to enjoy potato waffles cooked on open wood-burning stoves in the open air, sold in aid of the local singing group with of course the drinks of your choice. This was after the ceremonial raising of the Maypole the evening before in the rain but with much good cheer.
This was just one day. We were there for five, each day different. We all had varied experiences depending on where our host families lived and their interests. Siegerland is a big place.
In addition to all this were the organised coach trips, the welcome by the county administrator and the parties.