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LEGO week’s over

600_9265_wYesterday early evening ended a special week for me.

Last week our church organized a kids week. Kids at age 8 to 12 were invited to build a city from Lego. About 800 kg of Lego was delivered on Tuesday. We set up a huge table for the buildings, tables for the kids for building purposes and other tables for the stone boxes.

From Wednesday to Friday, the kids built cars, trains, houses and lots more. Some assembled the pieces from ready to build boxes and others build free. Sunday morning was visiting time for parents, grandparents, relatives, friends and so on.

On Sunday afternoon about 30 adult hands needed 5 hours for dismounting everything and putting every stone back in the right box. Thus, the work 60 kids hands and 30 adults hands have built during the week, was removed in only 5 hours.

It was a lot of fun!

Maybe you can see the fun in the gallery, too. I didn’t put any people in the gallery, because of privacy reasons.


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games children play

600_5528-sc_wMy last two posts were focused on kids. Today I focus on kids again.

We saw several kids playing in the streets of the cuban cities and I was wondering, what kind of games they’d play. It seems to me, kids all over the world are playing the same kinds of games: football (soccer), throwing cards, marbles, hide and seek, jumping the rope, riding a bike, playing with animals (dogs, cats, goats, donkeys), catch-me or Continue reading “games children play”

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600_6533-sc_wWhen talking about kids, like I did in my last post on Cuba, you also have to talk about education and schooling.

Cuban kids also go to school. Primary schools for the first 6 years are usually in the neighborhoods, secondary schools are a bit more centralized. In the country, where people live more distributed on their farms, schools are really small. In case, there are much too few pupils, the primary school teacher would even come to the farms for 2 or 3 days a week to educate the kids. To get this kids to go to the secondary school, the government offers residential schools.

School starts at 8:30h and lasts until 16:00h. The kids have to wear a uniform. The uniforms Continue reading “schooling”

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kids in …

600_6602-ec_w… Cuba. In case you grew up in the 1980s you might have continued the words with ‘America’, as the title of a Kim Wild song sais. But even Cuba is part of the american continent, the subject is much more precise with the word Cuba in it.

When talking about people, there are also kids to talk about. Usually you can see poverty at first when looking at the kids. In Cuba I didn’t see any poverty. Although some houses looked like a renovation was necessary, the people looked quite good. Many, but not too much, kids were in the streets. Their clothes were in proper shape and they didn’t look Continue reading “kids in …”

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St. Martin

This little guy (the right one) is called “Stutenkerl”

This German word is build from two parts: “Stuten” and “Kerl”. Stuten is a kind of light sweet, soft bread and Kerl is in German a word for a man, just like guy or dude in English.

You can buy Stuten also as a bread and eat it i.e. for breakfast with butter and maybe some jam. Or you can eat  it in the afternoon at tea time.

November 10th is St. Martin. Do you know about him and why he is remembered? Because of him many kindergartens and grammar schools are organizing processions carrying lanterns and singing special songs dedicated to him and his remarkable act of sharing his coat with a beggar by cutting it with his sword.

The kids usually getting such a Stutenkerl, but you can buy them in nearly every bakery from mid October to mid or end November.

The two guys in the photo above were made by my wife (it’s not common to make them at home, usually you go and buy them) and we enjoyed them this afternoon with butter and a cup of coffee. It’s a yeast dough, some raisins and the pipes were collected from bought Stutenkerls in the past.  – hmmmm, yummy 🙂

When working with kids, it’s always funny, to make Stutenkerls, because they can help easily. But, you can’t buy the pipes. The bakers buy them in special shops, were the common people are not allowed. So, my wife collected and cleaned them for a reuse. And: here they are!