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Not speaking or reading German means that I neither watch television nor read the newspapers that would inform me about local goings-on.

So it was a great surprise this morning when I wandered down to Theatre-Platz and discovered that it was fire truck day!

Or something of that ilk.

There were a bunch of fire trucks parked in the platz and a youth orchestra was performing in the middle of it. The firemen were taking little children and putting them behind the wheel, and the police were timing little kids as they “drove” through an imaginary street system. Assisting the real (cute) firemen and police men were “youth” firemen and police.

It was a charming event and although I understood little, it was really sweet.

I’ve had many serendipitous finds like this since moving to Weimar—I suppose if I read the newspaper, watched the television, or listened to the radio, it wouldn’t be such a great surprise, but it would lose its magic.

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