Too Much, Too Soon.

So here it is. It’s all coming down to the wire. I only have a week and a half left here in Germany before heading home for Christmas, and what a better way to leave than visiting the world-renowned Nuremburg Weinachtsmarkt (Christmas Festival for those whom can’t understand the German vocabulary). I have to say, it was remarkable. I could have, however, done without the massive cluster of people that were present during the opening night of this glorious celebration, but what do you expect from the first weekend of one of the biggest Christmas markets in the world? Besides drinking a fair share of delicious Gluhwein, my group and I browsed around some shops finding gifts for family members and of course ourselves.Image

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While there, I bought myself a wooden Christmas Tree, or Pyramid as some call it, because that was one of the things I absolutely wanted from my trip here. It’s a wooden figure in the shape of a tree that originated in Bovaria during the medieval times that has a propeller on top that spins with heat. In order to heat up the air, there are candle holders to put candles in, and while the propeller spins, the objects on the floors of the tree spin as well. It’s pretty cool. Here’s a generic picture of one that I bought:

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All I can say is I was very excited to finally purchase one. I was looking forward to it the entire time I was here. Besides that, I bought a Christmas Stine and some Christmas presents for my parents (can’t mention what they are because they may be reading this). We were determined to buy every Gluhwein cup the Market served, but we only managed to receive 4 of the 8 founded varieties they had:

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Other than touring the Christmas Market, we also took a tour of the Old Nazi Rally Grounds that were in development before World War II. It’s amazing some of the architecture that was built back then with their not as impressive technology, and the way the structures manipulated the people into making the people believe the Nazis were some type of religious group with Hitler being their God is interesting. Those Nazis were quite the Psychological geniuses. Still don’t make them anymore respected in my opinion but does make them quite the more, oh what’s the word, beguiling. It would be cool if we all got to see the final product, but unfortunately, the construction was all terminated in 1939 when the war started. Here are some pictures:

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Afterwards, we all gathered for a tour of the old city of Nuremburg which is full of castles and half-timbered houses many which have towering bay windows. It was quite beautiful to say the least:

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For dinner, we all ate at a traditional Brauhaus which should be a no brainer. The best place to get authentic German food and locally brewed beer. Since I was in Nuremburg, I of course had to get the famous Nuremburer Bratwursts with sauerkraut. Don’t think you can get anymore German than that! I can certainly tell you, it was delicious.

So as the days are winding down, all that’s left is to finish my assignments, and study for my test (I am here for school, you know). I don’t know what impact this trip will have on me yet, but I’m sure it will have some. We will just have to wait and see. That, my friends, will be saved until another day…

Long Time, No Talk!

Hello, everybody! Guess who’s back? Sorry I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Somehow, I lost my password, and it ask for verification through my American cell phone number… The problem being, that number is unreachable at the moment, but I, for some reason, just recently received an e-mail saying I can reset my password. In conclusion, I can now blog whenever I want. I know you didn’t come here to here me babble on about my technical woes, so let’s get started on what is truly important to you: my adventures in the land of Germany.

For the past few weeks, I haven’t really done much except study as well as a couple trips here and there to Koln, Mainz, and Berlin again. As studies go, they have been going smoothly. Not too stressed out about them at the moment. What is there to be stressed about? I only have one assignment the entire semester for each of my three classes. It’s such a hassle! I don’t know how I’ve been able to keep calm these 3 months! I’m about to go insane! Despite my sarcasm, it has been pretty laid back and simple. Now, to the interesting matters: my interesting explorations around Germany starting with Koln.

I know I already went to Koln when I first arrived, but that was only a preview of what was in store. Actually, not really. All we really saw while we were there was the cathedral (with a more in depth tour nonetheless), the old city and the chocolate museum because that’s all there was really to see considering everything was destroyed in bombings during World War II. Now, the inner city is more modernized and doesn’t really takes a stand as a unique-looking city anymore. However, we were able to climb inside the spires, and let me tell you what, it was quite the view and was well worth the retched hike to the top. From there, you can see the entire city, and what it could have been. The architecture of the building are fascinating. It’s unbelievable how anyone could have built such a structure back in the 1500s. It’s unfathomable. As for the Chocolate Factory, it’s self-explanatory. It was a museum about the creation and history of chocolate. Although I am not a huge fan of chocolate, I had to have myself a taste of one of their famous chocolate cakes and boy, was it beautiful. That alone could have been well worth the entire trip to Germany. Possibly the best cake I’ve ever had.

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As for Mainz, there wasn’t a whole lot there besides dirty streets, guys rocking hard on the street corners to their music and a giant foot statue in a parking lot. To me, I consider Mainz the Detriot of Germany. Some friends and I just went there because everyone else from our group was gone, so we decided to leave as well.

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Since we were so disappointed about Mainz, we headed out to Darmstadt because we heard good things about it. We didn’t spend a lot of time there, so my review of it is incomplete. I’ll just put more pictures of it so you can judge it yourself:ImageImageImageImage

Lastly, this past weekend, I went to Berlin to visit my friend Jacob from high school. I didn’t really see anything different because I really wasn’t there for sightseeing. I already saw most of what was needed to be seen last time I went with my culture class. This time, it was all about the fun and spending time with a good friend. Sometimes, that’s all you need to do. Most of the time, you don’t remember a place because of what is there and what you see, but the experiences you had while you were there. Most of the time, it’s the people who make the experience worthwhile and memorable. Traveling isn’t just about seeing new things, but also making new experiences with others. If you do that, I guarantee you will have the time of your life, and it will be a journey you will never forget.ImageImage