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Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Hamelin March 29th 2014

This morning we wanted to discover the town of Hameln of Pied Piper fame. No that’s not a typo – they leave off the ‘i’ in German. Hameln has some beautiful examples of old style ½ timber houses – stone foundations with timber frames and rendered brick infill panels. Many have ornately carved doorways and panels and date from the 15th & 16th centuries. In the markt square is the town hall with its bell glockenspiel – dozens of bells that play music (not just bell chimes) at certain times of the day. As it warmed up, we finally coaxed Em out of the carrier to follow the little bronze plaques of rats in the cobblestones. She was so wrapped up in finding the next rat that she frequently had other people dodging around her or ... read more
Following the rats

Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Hannover July 27th 2013

Yet another crack of dawn flight meant I landed in a near tropical Hannover by mid-morning. Getting the train to the main station it was only 5 minutes’ walk to my hotel and I could check in despite it being so early. The room was a dump and with no air con and a window that opened about 1 centimetre, it was going to be a very unpleasant sleep. I got a map and set off to make the most of the day and see the city. However, despite Hannover having a humongous train station with approximately 70 places to eat (all selling sausages of some variety and bread) the rest of the city had nothing to offer. In fact Hannover is literally the most boring German city I have been to… and believe me that ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony September 18th 2012

Day One: fter having an early night on our last night in Hamburg (and missing out on having drinks with Pat Rafter, Lleyton Hewitt and Tomik , yes we were disappointed to find out the following morning and even more so when the photos appeared on Facebook) we were up and ready to begin our Road Trip! The main idea behind a road trip was being able to visit the small towns that are not accessible by public transport. We were also getting very tired of jumping from city to city and not being able to get off at some of the wonderful little towns we would see along the way on our bus journeys. I also have a sneaking suspicion that Aaron wanted to feel the need for speed on the Autobahn which I am ... read more
Mikaela with the Bremen City Musicians
In the lovely streets of Westerholt
Pied Piper of Hameln

Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Aurich August 23rd 2012

Jepp, nun mache ich mich doch schon so langsam auf die Socken. Nach einer (fast beendeter) lustigen Woche werde ich mich schon bald aufmachen Richtung Süden. Erste Station wird Bottrop sein, wo der kleine Quieky die Vloli glücklich machen wird. Gut, dass er nichts ahnt von der langen Autofahrt. Morgen werde ich mich von meinen Arbeitskollegen verabschieden, ein Abschied, der mir wirklich schwer fallen wird... - aber hier wird man einfach nichts... - Ich habe leider keine andere Wahl... Zum Glück war das Wetter doch ganz nett die letzten Tage. So konnte ich noch wunderschöne Sonnenaufgänge geniessen ;-)... read more

Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Goslar July 31st 2012

What do you do when your school asks you to if you want to, again, spend a month of your summer vacation in Germany? Of course, you say "Yes" and then spend the month while your there analyzing if this is really your reality? While not being a German teacher, I am lucky to have made this trip not just once, but twice in the past three years. It really is the most awesome and unique experience. While I have traveled to a number of places, this trip stands out as being so special because I was actually able to become apart of the community and make connections that continue to each to grow each year. This exchange between Shaker Hts. H.S. and the Ratsgymnasium in Goslar Germany has been an reoccuring event for the last ... read more
My summer town
Hiking the Brocken
My new friend, Paul.


Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Langeoog June 17th 2012

Last weekend, Christiane and I went to the island of Langeoog, one of the East Frisian islands, about a three hour drive from Hamburg. The island is small, only about 15 km long and 5 km wide. There is a little village in its north western corner, some scattered houses and farms to the south of the village, and almost nothing to the east of the village. There are no cars allowed on the island, which you immediately notice because the background noise of driving cars and trucks is simply not there, and so it is amazingly quiet. Christiane and I caught the ferry from Bensersiel on the mainland on Friday afternoon. The trip takes about half an hour. The ferry stops at the southwestern end of the island, and from there, a train takes you ... read more
View of the beach
Can Christiane please come out and play?
Wind on the beach

Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Freiburg June 7th 2012

Ok so I have to be brief with this entry because I have 3 hours until I leave for Prague! Just as I predicted, this week has flown by and we have done all sorts of things we never thought we would ever do. Class was normal this week. I'm getting better about staying awake the whole time, and I really do find the subjects interesting. Monday morning we took a field trip to the European Parliament, and Tuesday morning we went to the Council of Europe. Both of these buildings are in Strasbourg so it was cool to see how much of political center Strasbourg really is. Tuesday night, Dr. Gaspar took us to Kehl, Germany which is right across the Rhine from Strasbourg. That was a really cute town, and we ate dinner at ... read more
Overlooking Freiburg. So Pretty!

Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Celle November 10th 2011

Hay, I've just been to school for four days and I made heaps of friends. Some girls have a crush on me! I HATE THAT. I had to be a girl partner, she said "Cool." I'm the fastest kid in the class 'cause I have to run in bare feet. Yesterday I went to Elfenland and saw my feriend called Leo. We wrestled on a jumping castle.... read more

Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Celle November 7th 2011

Hay I was in Babelsberg for three days. I went to my friend's daughter's place. She's called Julia, her husband's name is Manuel. Manuel has alot of Batman things. He's got all of the real Batman series on DVD, heaps of Batman mini figures, Batman comics and ... Batman everything!!! At their place they've also got hamsters, a cat and a little girl called Malia. At cake time Manuel said "Etienne ist cool", which means "Etienne is cool". Manuel gave us all of the Batman Staffel DVDs. When we left, my friend Matthias came with us into the restaurant at our hotel that we were staying in. Mum didn't come to dinner with us because it was Boys Only night, but she went to dinner with her own girlfriends. I use to live in Babelsberg. It's ... read more
E&O in front of Schloss Babelsberg
Schloss Babelsberg

Europe » Germany » Lower Saxony » Celle November 3rd 2011

Hay, I just got back from Denmark. I was at Legoland in Denmark. The sign was made out of Lego. I got a pass so I could go in for free. My dad got also in for free with a pass. The people who went were Mum, Dad, Luke, Ole, Matthias, and me (Etienne). My favourite things were going on a water slide, in the Lego Studio and the Lego Atlantis submarine. I LOVED IT!!! I also went on a rollercoaster, a water slide, jet skis, but the best thing ever was the fireworks. It was my 8th birthday on the 1st Nov. We made little fireworks and things called Knallerbsen. They are little things that when you throw them to the ground... BANG! I got money. I also got a Diary of a Wimpy Kid ... read more

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