3/29/15

Final month in Germany...

I have been busy enjoying my stay in Germany. I have not taken the time to log in more blog posts due to classes, prep work, administrative work, our travel, Tara's visit, spending a lot of time visiting with my hostess and her friend, dinner dates with the school directors, and getting a solid base of bike riding in during the month of March. I've managed to log in a little over 500 Kilometers and 25 hours on the bike in March so far with Tuesday being my final ride for the month to round out the month.

Speaking of bikes, my Roubaix has really been an enjoyable ride here with the gravel tires. They are great on pavement, gravel, in the woods, on the bike trails, in the rain, on all the cobblestone streets, and have helped make the bike a great "do it all" ride for my 4 months here.

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It's really a beautiful ride no matter which direction you go from Schorndorf. Up into the woods, to the east towards Schwäbisch Gemünd, towards the west to Waiblingen and Stuttgart, towards the south to Oberberken, towards the north to Welzheim - it's all good.

From Thursday's ride to Schwäbisch Gemünd....

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Most rides are like you are riding through pictures of post cards...

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...and the sights, sounds, and smells are all so refreshing...

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Tara and I actually rode for 3 or 4 days while she was visiting...

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Tara was enamored with the Schrebergarten allotments along the bike path. These are small plots of land that can be rented by residents who have no lawn or garden space, and will have a little plot of land to grow flowers and vegetables.  Here is one that is just outside of Schorndorf, but there are thousands of these along the bike paths and rural roads outside of the towns...

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The views never cease to engage...

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We had brunch with Giuliana Schnitzler and her husband Wolfgang in Vienna...

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Lucy seemed to take a liking to all of us...

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I took my first little spin on an eBike which was great!!!!

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Spent time with our daughter and our niece in Vienna...

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I took in a Liederabend in Weimar at the Franz Liszt School of Music...

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...somberly saw the KZ Buchenwald with the students...

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The memorial case at Buchenwald to one of Lehar's favorite librettists, Fritz Löhner...

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...and took a city tour as well as a tour of the Belvedere in this bus.

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I took the students to see a ballet in Stuttgart on March 18th. Here is the group at dinner before the ballet...

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Easter is approaching, and the fountain in the public square of Schorndorf is all decorated for Easter...

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I, along with one of my students (Trevor Halder), will be singing in a Bach concert on Good Friday with the community choir at the Stadtkirche in Schorndorf. So our final rehearsals are this week to prepare for that.

We traveled to München this past week. Pictured here are 5 of the students in one of our 6 seat cabins in the train that I reserved...

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We made a day trip to Füßen to see the two castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau..

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We hiked around after our castle tour to take pictures, enjoy the fresh air, and work up an appetite...

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It was hazy until later in the day just before we left when the sun finally burned through the haze, but my pictures were taken before that occurred.  Tourists that we are, a stop at the Hofbräuhaus in München is always a requisite...

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We also stopped for a treat at the Viktualienmarkt which is a 200 year traditional daily farmer's market, and outdoor Biergarten...

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We also visited the KZ Dachau...

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...went to the Stadtmuseum...

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I took a photo of where Tara's mother attended the Technical University in München to study Chemistry back in the late 40's...

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Among other things, we saw Dodger's Alley. This is where residents would walk around the Feldherrnhalle (Field Marshall's Hall) which is where the confrontation between the Nazi Party, a unit of the Army and the Police took place after the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923. Walking around the Hall was done to avoid having to give the Hitler salute as required by law under Nazi rule in later years. The gold colored cobblestones through the back alley behind the Feldherrnhalle is to commemorate this detour people in München (who by and large were not supporters of the Nazi Regime) took to avoid giving the Hitler salute...

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I visited the new synagogue in München that was funded by the city of Munich and the state of Bavaria. It was inaugurated in 2006 on the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht when the previous synagogue (just a few blocks from this one) was burned to the ground in 1938.

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I took a tour of the Jewish Museum right next to it at Sankt Jakobsplatz. On our final day, I was able to view all three of the Pinakotheken after lunch and really enjoyed viewing centuries and centuries of art. We hopped a morning train on Thursday back to Schorndorf after 4 nights in München and having seen a lot of history, art, culture, and all matters German.

Gobs more of things we have seen and done since my last blog post, but that's enough for a photo dump to get slightly caught up to this point. Last night the students presented their German Culture Photo Project for the host families which went well in spite of a lot of it being very last minute work which made me nervous.

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We have a lot more material to cover before our next trip on April 19th, and that starts with tomorrow's class.

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