I mentioned the carnival in Cologne to a woman serving at a german christmas market in Leeds in the UK. She was not amused. She was from Düsseldorf
I went around the world I got constantly asked questions about Germany, Europe – America sometimes - and all the time I try to be as accurate and respectful as possible.
You have no idea how many times I defended Israel at places you should be careful against nonsense.
But yeah. They are like that, because they do not have much.
That is like if Burkina-Faso goes against …. France or Germany in a soccer competition. That competition is all they got.
Next time - shake her hand and say: "I am so happy for you, that you made it out of there. Welcome to humanity. The world is yours. Prosper."
Or if they say where they are from you go: "Aah! From The Forbidden City!"
And should they shout at you with their charming attitude: "There is nothing forbidden!"
You explain, that once you wanted to drive from Cologne to them, but their name did not show up on any street-signs, that is why you thought it is The Forbidden City.
(The reason why that is – is because we only put important cities on our street signs, where people want to go. A totally logical reason every normal person can understand. Or would you put Hickawokkawood on your street signs between London and Birmingham or whatever is next to London? Who comes from Hickawokkawood knows when to leave the high-way, as somehow they made it out of there, right? And who else wants to go there?)
Same with carnival. No person form Leverkusen or Bonn would be like that. I bet not even from Koblenz. There is zero self-awareness. We play constantly in the second league with Cologne - and nobody gets onto the idea that we are a top Bundesliga club. But they are like this and we have to deal with this, it is sad, but it is like it is.
That feud is really one way, as there are some standards you have to fulfill to compete (so a little bit more than some Colognian bought a house somewhere...)
But I truly think you two guys know such stuff... so fun it is...