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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin October 19th 2006

So today was our first day out in Berlin and i can already tell that i love it. The people here are HUUUUUGEEEE i seriously feel like a midget compared to all these germans, i now know why Hitler thought they were some amazing race, they are all over 6 feet tall and are some strong looking people, i walked by a police officer today and the he(this might sound bad but..) was the exact image of what i picture when i think of a Nazi soldier, blond hair, blue eyes, and a mean looking guy. but anways, This city seems to have more interesting history than all the places we have been combined. It was where both world wars were thought up and where the big conflict with the spead of communism was. We saw ... read more

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin October 18th 2006

Hallo, We are now in berlin and it looks great. We are told it is a really neat place because they have completly rebuilt the city since ww2 so in a sence it is a new city. I will write more when i am not paying alot for internet but to anyone who talks to my parents, we are here safe. Jack... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Oberammergau October 18th 2006

When we arrived in Oberammergau it was just after dark. We drove into the center of town and happened to find a large message board with accommodation listings in town. As we were standing there perusing our options, a car pulled up beside us. A man got out and asked if we were looking for a place to stay. When we nodded yes, he explained that his mother-in-law ran a guesthouse and offered to have us follow him there in our car to check it out. He took us to Gastehaus Richter which offered a very nice hostess, great room and terrific breakfast for 22 Euro per person per night. We couldn't believe our good fortune! CM was nursing a cold so we decided to stay there for two nights to rest up and relax. We ... read more
Sunroom
Oberammergau River
Gastehaus Richter

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau October 17th 2006

We made it to the Neuschwanstein castle in time to catch the last English tour of the day. It is a 45 minute walk straight uphill to the castle through the forest from the ticket booth. The place was swarming with tourists which is a detractor for us but we made the best of it. The Cinderella Castle at Disneyland is modeled after this castle and it is truly beautiful from the outside. On the tour I was startled to learn the castle was just built in the 1860s by Ludwig II who was obsessed with Wagner operas. He actually built several castles, and his family was quite mad at him for spending so much money on them. The German people, on the other hand, liked him because he provided so much employment for the local ... read more
Cinderella's Tower
Ludwig's Bridge
Autumn Cobble

Europe » Germany » Rhineland-Palatinate » Trier October 15th 2006

According to medieval legend, ‘Before Rome, Trier stood one thousand and three hundred years’. However, according to recorded history, Trier’s history begins around the middle of the first century B.C., when a guy by the name of Julius Caesar conquered Gaul (France, Belgium, Luxemburg and some portions of the Netherlands and Germany) in 51 B.C. and integrated the Moselle Region into the Roman Empire. Not only is Trier Germany’s oldest city, but also it was the “Rome of the North” and, in its heyday in the 4th century A.D., as important and splendid as Rome itself. Trier is still a great city to visit today. In his De Situ Orbis, a description of the then known world, the 1st- century Roman geographer Pomponius Mela called it "urbs opulentissima"--the most opulent city--of the empire. It was ... read more
Hauptmarkt (Main Market)
Entrance to St Gangolf's
St. Peter's Fountain (Petrusbrunnen)

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin October 14th 2006

well i say that cause there is a bear at every corner apparently the city mascot... mmm...amazing place so much history went and visited a concentration camp which was interesting but quite sad to see what they actually went through... and we did a tour and learnt all about the berlin wall and went and checked out checkpoint charlie which was a museum outlining how people got over the wall... of course we tried out few different beers and the world famous kebabs... and well we also took the challenge of another pub crawl again the results were quite funny and i ended up only a little bit lost this time.. but met some lovely people and managed to check out this really awesome squatters bar where people just campout and paint and grafetti this 4 ... read more
police cars
traffic lights
concentration camp

Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin October 14th 2006

Well, actually I hurt it jumping a fence that happened to be in Berlin, but whatever. Overview 1. Thanks for all your comments...we really look forward to them everytime we go into an internet cafe. Harlan gets the most points this time because his comment was hilarious. 2. Americans butcher languages. My favorite to butcher so far has been German, becuase its just so easy to screw up, so I was glad to be back in Germany. However, me screwing up German in Berlin is not a new past-time. It is well known that JFK visited Berlin at the peak of the Cold War and made a famous speech ending with "Ich bin ein Berliner". What is not very well known is that it translates into "I am a jelly doughnut". Look it up if you ... read more

Europe » Germany October 14th 2006

Time to play catch-up! This post is dedicated entirely to all of the cities that I visited in Germany last month and haven’t written about yet. If you’re interested in hearing about Vienna first, wait about 15 minutes and another post will be on its way, I promise. :-) A group of us students decided to take a day-trip to Stuttgart since most of us have only seen the hotels there. (Stuttgart is a major hub in Germany, so a lot of the students flew there and then made their way to Schwaebisch Hall.) One of the newest attractions in Stuttgart is the Mercedes Benz Museum. It is only a few months old and houses a massive collection of Mercedes Benz automobiles, starting from the very beginning when just the engine was being developed. I’ll admit, ... read more
Tubingen Flower
River in Tubingen
Church in Tubingen

Europe » Germany » Baden-Württemberg » Lake Constance October 13th 2006

I have yet to go to the upper town....most probably cause it is 160 steps to go up there, but yesterday I noticed a bus near the boat landing that goes up the hill and has a stop right across the street from the entrance gate to the upper old town. And only costs 50 cents!!!!!! Also today is the start of a 3 day Renaissance market so I'm glad I waited. Turns out that I got up there a couple hours before they started charging 5 Euros to get in....so all the better. By 2 PM, all the kiosks and booths were ready with arts, crafts, linens, clothes, toys, all sorts of food and a huge pig on a rotating spit. All of the folks working the market were in period costumes. I even found ... read more
one big pig
promenaders
hotel dining room

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne October 13th 2006

I got in to Cologne and checked the Station Hostel where I had stayed before, but it was full as expected since it was Friday. So, I spoke with Jessica and she said there was a hostel out near where she lives. I was a bit skeptical, but I took the train out to the burbs and she came and picked me up. After driving for a bit, we pulled into the driveway of this giant old house tucked into a stand of trees not far from her place. Becoming less skeptical by the moment, we went inside and Jessica arranged a spot for me for the night. The woman spoke basically no english so it would have been interesting trying to sort it out without Jessica there. They did say that they only had room ... read more
Interesting name...




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