Rating: 4 out of 5.

On this faultlessly gorgeous day, after a breakfast of donuts and Netflix, we ventured onto another spontaneous road trip to our first Christmas market of this impending Yuletide season, the first of I hope several. The clear skies were quite literally blinding me to the reality that staying home on such a nice winter day was an absolute shame, as if yelling at me to get out of bed and enjoy the crisp, single-degree temps outside. It was a perfect day for a winter road trip.


The two hours it took to get to Oberhausen was mostly painless, and despite the moderate traffic in the last few kilometers of the trip, we were able to get decent parking within short distance of CentrO’s outdoor Christmas market. Despite nursing a sore throat that was an onset to turning into a full blown case of something more serious, the first sight of the Christmas market was enough to get my creeping flu to retreat for most of the time we were there, and the few hours we spent wandering from stall to stall was like adrenaline.


Not only was our trip to Oberhausen a financial success – we were this close to going home with a €200 authentic German Christmas pyramid, a guilty and needless pleasure if there ever was one – I enjoyed every second, and grateful to Teko for his patience and giving in to this Yuletide whim. Let the Season begin.

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