Der Fußball von München

My next post will be about the football, or Fußball, of Munich. It has two teams, one of them the leading Bundesliga winners and the other in the relegation zone of the Bundesliga 2. One, FC Bayern München, is arguably the best team in the world, and the other, TSV 1860 München, isn’t even one of the top 30 teams in Germany. FC Bayern has players such as Robert Lewandowski, David Alaba, Mario Götze, and Franck Ribery. 1860 München has Rubin Okotie, Sascha Mölders, and Daniel Adlung.

Bayern have reached the UEFA Champions League semifinal 10 times, and won five times. Bayern have one the league 25 times. They have won the Deutscher Pokal (German Cup) 17 times. Their biggest win was against Borrusia Dortmund. The final score was 11-0! Their most famous managers were Franz Beckenbauer, Louis van Gaal, and Pep Guardiola.

Turn- und Sportverein München von 1860 was not actually made in 1860. It was made in 1848. They were almost relegated to the Bayernliga last season, which is the third division. They are currently in 14th place, facing another relegation playoff. They were one of the founding fathers of the Bundesliga. They won one title in 1965-66, but no others. Meanwhile, their neighbors are racking up their 26th Bundesliga title.


MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 29: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring his teams fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between FC Bayern Munchen and GNK Dinamo Zagreb at the Allianz Arena on September 29, 2015 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Allianz Arena

The Allianz Arena is where 1860 München and FC Bayern play. The 75,000 capacity stadium has witnessed 50 UEFA Champions League matches, 6 World Cup games, and who knows how many league games. It was built in 2005. Every year, the arena brings in 4 million visitors from all over the world. Those people have drunk 8 million liters of drinks and consumed more than 6 million grilled sausages. Phillip Lahm has had the most apperances there, with 205 times. Yet he still hasn’t scored the most goals there. The most prolific striker is Mario Gomez, with 68 goals put into the back of the net. The fastest goal scored there was 10 seconds in to a Champions League match by Roy Makaay.


The innovative stadium lights up for special occasions and for the team’s games. Phillips was the company that made the LED lights for the stadium. There were new lights installed in 2011-12. It can create 16 million colors. The new façade uses 60 percent less electricity than the one before 2011. My favorite combination was the yellow that the stadium was made when a Dortmund fan hacked in and made it yellow.



Oktoberfest is, as the name suggests, a festival held every fall in Munich. It is not a Bier(beer) festival, as most people think. It is actually a party celebrating the anniversary of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and his wife, Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. It is the world’s largest funfest. Below are some of the foods that there are at Oktoberfest:


Hendl (roast chicken), Schweinebraten (roast pork) , Steckerlfisch (grilled fish on a stick), Würstl (sausages) along with Brezen (pretzels), Knödel (potato or bread dumplings),  and Sauerkraut (red cabbage).

The 6 million people that come there annually consume 1.5 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausages, and 480,000 spit-roasted chickens during the 16-day party. I got the Schweinebraten recipe below from

6 to 8 servings


  • Pork butt or shoulder — 4 to 6 pounds
  • Caraway seeds — 2 tablespoons
  • Salt — 1 tablespoon
  • Pepper — 2 teaspoons
  • Oil — 2 tablespoons
  • Onions, roughly chopped — 3
  • Carrots, roughly chopped — 3
  • Water, stock, white wine or beer — 1 cup
  • Flour — 2 or 3 tablespoons
  • Butter — 2 or 3 tablespoons


  1. Rub the pork all over with the caraway, salt, pepper and oil and marinate for at least an hour, preferably overnight. Remove the meat from the refrigerator from 30 minutes to an hour before roasting to let it come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix together the onions and carrots and place in the bottom of a roasting pan just large enough to comfortably fit the roast. Pour the water, stock, white wine or beer into the pan.
  3. Place the roast, fat side down, in the roasting pan on top of the vegetables. Cover the pan with foil, place in the oven and roast for 1 hour.
  4. Remove the foil from the pan and turn the roast fat side up. Cut crosshatches in the fat in a diamond pattern, but try to avoid cutting into the meat itself. Place the roast, uncovered, back in the oven. Roast for another 1 1/2 hours to 3 hours, or until the roast is tender and well browned on the outside. A meat thermometer inserted into the center of the roast should read 165°F.
  5. Remove the roast to a cutting board, cover it lightly with foil and let it rest for about 20 minutes while you make the gravy.
  6. Knead the flour and butter together with your fingers to make a doughy paste and set aside in a small bowl. Strain the pan juices from the roasting pan into a sauce pan. Save the vegetables to serve with the roast if you like, or use instead of butter and flour to thicken the gravy (see variations). Add enough water, stock, wine or beer to the pan juices to make 2 cups. 
  7. Bring the pan juices to a simmer in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk small pieces of the butter-flour paste into the pan juices until the gravy is thickened to your liking. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 5 to 10 minutes. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  8. Slice the roast thinly and serve with the pan gravy on the side.


  • To thicken the gravy without using flour and butter, puree 2 cups of the pan juices with some of the roasting vegetables and strain.
  • Finish the gravy with a little butter, cream or sour cream if you like.
  • Other seasonings that can be rubbed into the pork before roasting include marjoram, minced garlic or your favorite mustard.

Oktoberfest has many tents. There are some orchestra tents, the Hippodrom tent, and many more. Have any of you heard of the costume and riflemen parade of Oktoberfest? It is in honor of the silver wedding anniversary of King Ludwig I and Princess Therese. It took place in 1885 for the first time. Maximilian Schmidt started another one in 1895 with 1,400 participants in 150 costume groups. Since 1950, this has grown to be one of the largest parades of its kind. On the first festival Sunday, 8000 participants march in the parade in their historical costumes seven kilometers to the grounds. For Oktoberfest, the traditional dress for women is the dirndl. The men wear something called a lederhosen.


Has anyone ever been to the Munich Oktoberfest, or any near you?


The reason I chose Munich and Paris is that my mom recently was there and I was interested in learning more about them. Marienplatz, named after Mariensäule, is the town center of Munich. It has been Munich’s main center since 1158. It survived World War I and II. It is 85 meters tall. It’s is also known as the New Town Hall or Neues Rathaus. Mary’s Column is a Marien column right next to the town hall. It was erected in 1638. It was made to celebrate the end of Swedish occupation during the Thirty Year’s War. Now, back to Marienplatz. Today, the Marienplatz is dominated  by Neues Rathaus, which is one of Germany’s most distinctive buildings.  There is a famous Glockenspiel at the top of the building with 40 bells that chime at 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 5:00pm.  Marienplatz is also home to many beautiful churches and markets.  Auf  Wiedersehen!

What is your favorite characteristic of Neues Rathaus?




Neues Rathaus

Farewell North America, Hello Europe

Sorry on having to cut this Oregon Tour series short, but I’m going to start a European series. It will be mostly about Munich and Paris, two famous cities from there. One, Munich, or München, is in Germany, and, as most of you know, Paris is in France. Have you been to either of those cities?

Small Towns

This post will be about a couple of small towns from Oregon. I will do more posts about small towns in the future. I’ll start with Drain, Oregon. Drain is a city in Douglas County. It’s zip code is 97435. It was named after the founder, Charles J. Drain. It has a very low population, with only 1,151 people. That’s less than the West Linn High School population. In 1876, a road was built between Drain and Scottsburg. The Drain Normal School was founded in 1883 by the Methodist Church. The state took it over in 1885 and renamed it Central Oregon State Normal School. Drain’s total area is 0.61 square miles, according to the United States Census Bureau. In 2010, there were 454 houses and 319 families living there.Color Logo

I hope you enjoyed learning about Drain, Oregon. Next up: Idiotville.

Idiotville is a ghost town on the border of Washington County and Tillamook County. There’s nothing at the site, so don’t try looking for it on Google Maps. The stream nearby was named Idiot Creek.  A half mile up Idiot Creek there is a logging camp called Ryan’s Camp. Idiotville got it’s name because it’s so remote that it was said that only an idiot would work at the logging camp, and the name stuck.



Spray is a small town in Wheeler County. It was named after the first postmaster John Spray. In 1900 he created a ferry to cross the John Day River, and he also helped create a school and store. Spray only has 160 people! After Wheeler County was established in 1899, Spray was considered as a possible county seat. An election was held in 1900. The final score came at 436 votes for Fossil, 267 for Twickenham, and 82 for Spray. John Butler was the first mayor. The total area of Spray is 0.29 square miles. The average climate is 33˚ in January and 72 in July. It once went up to 116˚ degrees! Do you know anyone who lives in a small town?


Now for the biggest city in Oregon, Portland. It has been called Puddletown, Stumptown, and Bridgetown. Hey, no one said that city nicknames had to be creative. Portland has been known as one of the greenest cities in the world. It even has the smallest park in the world, Mill Ends Park. Portland has more literate people than any other city in the USA! It also has the biggest bookstore in the world. It has the largest urban wilderness, Forest Park, at 5,157 acres. How many of you use Wikipedia? Portland is the birthplace of it. Here are some awards handed out to Portland for it’s awesomeness.

#1 for greenest cities
#5 for cleanest cities
#1 best city to have a baby
#2 largest bicycle commuter city



As the opener of my Oregon Tour series, this post will be mostly about Oregon, and we’ll get to the cities and parks later. Oregon was the 33rd state of the Union, admitted on February 14, 1859. It is the 10th biggest state, at 95,997 square miles. The Columbia Gorge is considered one of the best places to windsurf in the world. It has 55 ghost towns, the country’s largest number. Oregon also has the most photographed lighthouse in the USA, in Lane County.  Mount Tabor in Portland is one of the only volcanoes in the USA  within the limits of a city. Pilot Butte, a cinder cone volcano is also in the limits of Bend. Eugene is one of the best places in the United States to bike, according to Bicycling Magazine.  If you find any other facts about Oregon, please send me a comment below.



Thank You For Everything!

I’m proud that I have been nominated for the Eddies award, but couldn’t have done it without the help of my second grade teacher, Mrs. Amri, my mom, my good buddy Joseph, my second and third grade classes. I first got into blogging with Mrs. Amri, and became the first blogger in my class during my trip to New Mexico in October 2014. She taught me to add an image, change the appearance, add videos, and everything else necessary for a blog. My mom gives me inspiration and edits my posts. Joseph just helps me blog, also gives me inspiration for my posts, and is a helpful critic on vocabulary and appearance on my blog. My two classes are very altruistic and helped me gain publicity by voting and telling their friends to vote too. You are all awesome and I am wishing you good tidings in 2016. 😺😎😂



Kindness Acrostic Poem

Kindness creates happiness.  💕

If someone has fallen help them up. 💕

Never give up being nice. 💕

Do something for someone else. 💕

New ways to be kind are always allowed. 💕

Everyone can help. 💕

Sharing is a perfect way. 💕

Say nice things. 💕



How will you be kind to others?