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My name is Rachel Carr and I started This Is Carrt in 2014 when my husband's job moved to Germany and I decided to give up my day job in the city and go with him on the adventure! I had always loved to travel and write, and was also passionate about photography so one day I sat down and mingled all three of them on this website and my Etsy page. I write about a wide range of things like how to cope with airline hand luggage allowances to what to wear to any destination wedding. However, when I write up a holiday destination, there are more often than not a few common themes linking what are otherwise very different places:

1) Food. I love to eat. It structures my day to day life as well as any trip that I go on. I think food is a great way to start to experience a new culture as well as meeting new people.

2) Value. I don't get swayed by places to be seen and clothing to be seen in for the sake of it. I hate being ripped off. Be that by a fiver or by hundreds of pounds. If an activity or an excursion I go on is expensive but an amazing experience, I will still highly recommend it, but won't recommend it simply because it is deemed luxury.

3) Beauty. I love looking at pretty things. They don't have to have a purpose!

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The Libori Festival

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With a love of travel and writing as well as a passion for photography, this blogsite and my Etsy page mingles all three.

The Libori Festival

Rachel Carr

Since the moment I met my husband, on a hot sticky summer's day at Twickenham Rugby 7s, five years ago, he has always been posted in Paderborn, Germany with the British Army. The reason I start this week's blog with such a personal fact is that in those five years that we have been going out, I have never made it to Paderborn's famed Libori Festival.  That is similar to your significant other living in Pamplona and never making the running of the bulls, or your loved one living in Rio and never going to its Carnival. But I am pleased to say that this year, I popped my Libori Festival cherry, and actually made it.

And I'm so unbelievably glad I could. My first foray to Libori was actually thwarted by an unseasonally cold and viscious storm. The opening of the event was cancelled for the first time in at least twenty years, and I began to wonder whether I would ever make it to the famed festival. Looking back now, I realise what a minor worry this really should have been for me. I live all of a ten minute walk from the ring road on which it is held and had not done a grocery shop the week of the party, and so my husband and I ate amazing German street food all week. I can heartily recommend the (Paleo) garlic infused pork steaks and sauerkraut, as well as the 'meat stick place' (as named by the husband). But there are also Bratwurst for sale, more crepe stalls than you can shake a stick at, and a million and one other food shacks to load up at. And this is just one of the ways that the Germans know how to ensure a great street party. There are the fairground rides that, though they may not be on a Thorpe Park or Chessington level, are miles better than any fun fair I have ever been to. I was a big fan of the long flume.

But let's be honest, the German beer and its subsequent beer gardens are perhaps one of the festival's greatest attractions. I lost my husband to the Almhutte bar one evening (it was a Tuesday night, crowds of people were dancing on tables and shouting Paderborn themed pop songs at the top of their voices). This Bavarian themed wooden chalet was always packed, whatever the time of day or night. There is also the Libori lounge with live music. This is situated on a street of the town that is often empty, yet for the last week of July it is difficult to get past even five steps. And then there is Auffenbergs. A little piece of beer swilling, raucous heaven. The husband and I were hosted there by Herr and Herren D, and, to put how busy this place becomes into perspective, Herr D tells me that its owner works but five weeks of the year as his Auffenberg bar is so popular. It is on the main strip, with the entrance in between some of the food stands, and oddly quite easy to walk by given the noise that the crowds on the inside make. It has a foam machine that creates 'snow' and every night a man gets up on the roof and sings a song about an 'Eis Bear' in a very apt Polar Bear suit. My evenings there were great fun, soaking up the excitement that was emanating off the locals.

Due to the crowds, and the beer if I'm being honest, I only managed to take a few photos of the festival, despite going in for five out of the eight nights it is on. But I am really pleased with the aerial shots that I managed to take courtesy of the Big Wheel. (I only remembered on going up that I am actually not the biggest lover of heights). They make for great momentos of Paderborn for any serving families here who are due to leave, or any locals who love their hometown. The food shots are self indulgent from a food obsessed travel blogger! I hope you enjoy them! I know I had a blast taking them. Until next year Libori.

Rachel x

PS Sorry for the token shot of the husband. I just want to check he actually reads this.

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