Fri 22 Jul 2005
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Above you will see an adorable picture of the group in a munich beer garden. Stollmann took us down to Munich at the begining of the month and it was a good time. We took a bike tour around the city, that didnt turn out too well ’cause Dan kept breaking his bike, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The last day we went paddle boating and row boating on a lake in the English Garten, which was tons of fun. Oh and Stollmann bought us all a huge bag of candy. Tehe.
Anyway last week I went on my trip to Nürnberg and Prague with Becky. Prague wasnt exactly what I expected but it was a beautiful city. It rained a lot while we were there and always when we decided we didnt need our rain gear. At several points I decided to hell with it and strolled through the pouring rain anyway. That was possibly one of the best parts because people then laughed at me, offered me paper towels, and one old man tried to share his umbrella with me. lol.
The jewish ghetto in Prague was also very interesting. I was glad we spent an entire morning going through the syn. there.
My favortite time in Prague was right after a ghost tour, Becky and I along with two other americans we met, went to a bohemian bar with live music. After hanging out there a bit we walked along Charle’s Bridge at night. The city was lit up around us and street musicians were plying their trade along the sides of the bridge. We just sat there in the night air and talked for a good long time. Thats the part I want to remember of Prague, the bridge, music, lit up castle, and good company.
Nürnberg or Nuremberg, however, was the best time ever, but I am bias. My great grandmother comes from Nürnberg and I was totally charmed by this bavarian town. It still has its old city wall up around the city and a stately Burg (castle fortress thing) sits on top of a hill peering down at the rest of the town. Inside the castle is this really deep well that locals claim is where the princess lost her golden ball in the fairytale “The Frog Prince.” I was head over heels in love with the city the minutes I saw all the fountains they have dotting the streets. There is even one called the Ehebrunnen that has a poem on it about how this mans wife is his greatest enemy and his greatest friend. The fountain then has a ton of statues on it including venus rising up from the sea foam, two skeletons strangling each other, a woman helping two children, and a woman dragging a man around in chains. Another fountain is called the Beautiful fountain and has a golden ring that if you spin it around three times its good luck or your wishes are granted.
On our second day in Nürnberg we went out to the old nazi rally grounds where there was a museum on facination and terror or the Nazi rise to power and the aftermath. It was rather eerie to be there because you had this huge track of land that was just being mostly ignored. I can understand the goverments dilemna. What do you do with land like that? You can only have so many museums and monuments… It made me for some reason thing of Bob Marelys “Redemption Song” or whatever its called. I think if they cleaned up the area a bit more it would make a lovely park, but thats up to the german people to decide.
Last day there we went to an old cemetery just outside of town and bought some books. Not very exciting. Oh but the night before we had go to an outdoor cinema where they showed Hitch the Date Doctor on the side of one of the old churches in the town square. I also had found the house in which my great grandmother had lived- well the house where her house use to be. It was at the foot of the castle and was destroyed in 1945 or 43 I forget which.
Anyway, people are starting to leave Bremen now. Dan and Keely left last week and life here without them is rather lonely. I keep wanting to tell one of them something but they arent here. Powen left too but he is only in Hamburg and Becky and I are visiting him today. Then, I fly to Ireland for my own private three day vacation and when I return practically everyone else will be gone. Becky, Yigit, Maria, Scott- all gone. I will stick around Bremen for approximately three or four more days finishing papers and putting my affairs in order and then I am gone too. I will visit a few relatives I have in Germany and then fly back home. Its really sad how things end, but I know I will be happy to see Dickinson again. And I am not going to lie- I miss the american educational system.