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I recently spent a rainy Sunday afternoon at the Chilean Eiscafe Los Andes on Dornberger Strasse 274 (in the Jibi shopping center past Tierpark Olderdissen). It’s a lovely cozy place and they have delicious empanadas and Chilean style panini sandwiches, plus very tasty lemon cake. They also offer breakfast and other savoury dishes. My sons loved their chocolate ice cream waffles!

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Free Sunday concerts near the University

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Thanks Pollyester for the tip!
At Haus Wellensiek ( former Christus church), Wellensiek 108 a, 33619 Bielefeld
You can get there with tram line 4 (stop Wellensiek) or bus line 21/62 (stop Wellensiek-Sued), after that it is
500 meters (tram) or 250 meters (bus stop) walk.

The concerts are free, you can give donations on the way out. You can see information on their other events on their facebook page.

30.11.2014, 18 Uhr ›Idyll und Abgrund‹
Werke von Schubert, Brahms, Ravel, Honegger und Widmann
Florian Schwartz, Klavier
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11.01.2015, 18 Uhr ›Saitenwechsel‹ Ein Vergleich mit historischen und modernen Instrumenten
Sonaten von A. Vivaldi und J. S. Bach
Sigurd Müller, Barockcello und Cello, Martina Buchholz-Suzuki, Cembalo, Claudia Kohl, Klavier
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22.02.2015, 18 Uhr
›Kammermusik am Abend‹
Werke für Violine und Klavier von Strawinsky, Mozart und Brahms
Erika Ifflaender-Gehl, Violine, Claudia Kohl, Klavier
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15.03.2015, 18 Uhr
›Quartett plus Klarinette‹ Werke für Streichquartett und Klarinette u.a. von Mozart und Beethoven
Quartetto d’Archi Bielefeld, Jens Ubbelohde, Klarinette
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26.04.2015, 18 Uhr
›Klaviermusik zum (Be)greifen nah‹ Werke von Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Bartók und Gershwin
Claudia Kohl, Klavier
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31.05.2015, 18 Uhr
›Romantisches Dreieck‹
Klaviertrios von Clara Schumann, R.Schumann und J. Brahms
Trio l’onda (E.Ifflaender-Gehl, S.Müller, Cl.Kohl)
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21.06.2015, 18 Uhr
›Mittsommer‹ mit der finnischen Pianistin Eeva Matilla

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Bird Parks

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We visited two great bird parks at the end of October near Detmold (the last weekend before they closed for the winter).

The first was Adlerwarte Berlebeck and is all about eagles. They have a live show twice a day which is great, even if you don’t speak German. They introduced about 5 different types of predators and the birds flew right over our heads and followed the trainer as he walked around us. My sons loved being able to see these giant birds close up. The observation deck is also in a beautiful setting overlooking a valley and hills beyond. The show is the main reason for coming but they also have different types of birds in cages to see, plus a nice playgroup for kids.

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They open again next March but if you want a take a peek earlier, they have a christmas advent fair on November 28 – 30, 12:00 – 20:00 and entrance is free.

Afterward we went to eat at Cafe Haus Hangstein nearby which has lovely view of the woods and a great kids corner with trains, books and toys.

Ten minutes by car is another great bird park – Vogelpark Heiligenkirchen. A much bigger selection of birds and other animals (wallabys, monkeys etc). You can get up close to many of the birds and animals, the parrots love to sit on your shoulders and nibble on your ears and my son had a great time feeding the parakeets. He had 5 eating out of his hand and about 20 around his feet (don’t forget to buy the bird food at the entrance). At 15:00 everyday they have a feeding tour and explain the different animals. There is a big play area with rides, trampolines, a pirate ship and sand to dig in for treasure, plus a water play area.  They will also open again next March.

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I forgot my camera, so all photos are from their websites.