Der Ball der Vampire

35th Vampire Ball in Heidelberg
Date: Samstag, 21. Februar, 2009
Time: 20.30-3.00
Place: Stadthalle/Kongresshalle (City Hall)
Code of dress: Costume (gothic, vampire, etc.)

What a night!

It was K.’s birthday, and we celebrated it at a ball! This was our first ball (though it was more like a Faschings party, Halloween/Vampire-themed). I had been inside the Stadthalle before, when I attended S.’ classical concert. This time, all the chairs had been removed to reveal a grand ballroom. Here we danced to rock and pop music (rather than waltzed). There were two other smaller ballrooms upstairs, rooms I had never known existed! I certainly felt as if I were in a palace! Had the ball been held at the Altes Schloß, I assure you, ‘twould not have been quite as fascinating! From the moment we arrived (around 23h) ‘til B. and I left (quarter to 3am), we were awed by the grandeur of the Stadthalle and the amazing costumes, as well as their intense make-up. We kept ooo-ing and ah-ing like little girls. There were many old people, and the ones that were young usually came with dates. But the few single men out there were somehow masked most of the time. That, or with their faces painted! Overall, I had so much fun! If only there could be more [costumed/masked] balls!
I returned home just before 4.30 and was abed soon after. Had to cancel joining PC & co. on trip to see the Würzburg Faschings parade (in Bayern). Then awoke at half 2pm, thinking it was around noon. Lay in bed ‘til a quarter to 3pm. Started to pack for my upcoming trip, and decided I’d also pack some things for my Dad to pick up in April. Must make more preparations for my March trip. Did household chores (i.e. mop floors, take out rubbish, clean the storage room).

Reflection on past week:
I’ve been getting into a horrid habit of 1) sleeping later (around 2-4am) and hence, 2) awaking past noon, often around 1-2pm, and 3) eating irregularly (i.e. at odd hours and only 2 meals per day, if not 1). Then, if the weather’s absolutely dreary, I stay at home and become occupied by my new German notebook.

Bis später! Laters!

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