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…

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Oktoberfest 2013

Ok, as you all know, I went to Oktoberfest this weekend. A lot happened, so I’ll try to keep this as brief as I can. We left Friday around 6:49 pm for a 12 hour train ride to Munich. It was 12 hours because we had a 5 hour layover in Nuremburg at midnight. Anyways, we arrived at the hotel room at around 6:49 in the morning and slept for a couple of hours. After our nap, we arrived at Oktoberfest at around 10:00 am. We finally entered a biergarten at the Lowenbrau at approximately, 10:30. During that time, I had a few beers here and there while meeting some new friends from New Zealand and Italy. We stayed there until about 11:30 at night to head to bed for the night. Unfortunately, we lost a couple of people, so I and another person had to go search for them. Without any luck, we had to hurry back to the train station considering we only had 15 minutes until the last train left for our hotel. Eventually, we got there but arrived there just a few minutes too late, so we had to stay in the train station for 5 hours until we could catch the next train. After chatting with a Chilean girl and a couple hours of sleep, we got on a train heading out to our hotel. We didn’t arrive at our hotel til almost 7:00 am that morning. Two of us were planning on heading to Munich again around 9:30, but since one of our group members didn’t show up still, we decided to wait til he arrived. He didn’t meet us until 1:00 pm, so we ended up not going back because it was too late. It was probably a good idea considering how tired and worn out we were. Finally, we arrived back in Marburg around 9:00 pm. Despite all the struggles and long rides to and from, I can most certainly say it was well worth the trip. It certainly lived up to the hype, and I hope I can go back again some day! Well, now we’re off to Berlin (I can never catch a break, can I?)ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage