Bremen was a very fun trip. The town was very active and there was a lot to do during the day we were there. Our trip started with taking the train to Bremen and then walking through the city to the city square. In the city square we saw the church in Bremen and the statue of the donkey, the dog, the cat, and the chicken (the story we read in German class). The statue was a less impressive than I was expecting, but it was still cool to see it since we had read about it in class and since the story is so famous. After going to the city square, we went and got lunch. We decided to get some bratwursts for lunch (typical), it was very good. Continue reading “Bremen”
The town of Wittenberg was much different than I was expecting. Continue reading “Wittenberg”
I will be honest I was surprised when we got to Bremen. By this point we have spent so much time in Berlin that Berlin is my main impression of Germany. Therefore I welcomed the opportunity to explore and walk around a new city and I quickly realized that Bremen was an amazing town to explore.
Our day trip to Bremen was a very fun experience. After an eventful start to the day which included students getting on the wrong S-bahn train and wrong ICE train, we eventually all wound up in the city of Bremen. We walked to the city square, where we saw the iconic Bremen City Musicians statue and some sort of climate change protest.
The square was very old, with many impressive buildings, including an old cathedral. The city had a great atmosphere and lots of people were around. We walked around near the square, through some very tight alleyways, and back to the old fisherman’s section of the city. The layout of the city was much different than anything I had seen in the USA, as much of it was obviously designed without cars in mind. This was a testament to the age of the city.
We took a boat ride in the afternoon, which took us past some industry down the river. I found it very interesting how the city seemed to stop somewhat abruptly, and there wasn’t much in the way of suburbs around. The boat ride provided a great experience to relax but also show some of the industry near Bremen and the German countryside.
This past Friday, we took a trip to Bremen. We left early in the morning and took an ICE train to get there. It was very interesting to see the German countryside. The scenery changed very quickly once we traveled beyond the Berlin city limits. We rode past farms, forests, and corn fields.
Wittenberg was very different than I thought. Growing up in CRC church, I had heard about Wittenberg and its importance to the church many times. However, when I told the man sitting next to me on the train I was getting off Wittenberg he pulled a face and said it was an “interesting place to get off.” This seemed strange as I assumed people would know the significance Wittenberg had.
The first thing I noticed when I arrived in Berlin is the beautiful infrastructure which outlines the city. When I first exited the airport, I was greeted with poisonous smoke blown out from the lips of a seemingly adept smoker. I noticed on my bus ride through the city, the elegance and creativity of the art scattered across Berlin. Berlin has several statues of bears on almost every street corner all of which I aim to take a picture with. Continue reading “Germany versus Jamaica”
Last Friday, we made the three hour trip to Bremen. Right away, Bremen was very different from the parts of Berlin that we had seen. All of the buildings were connected, with decorative store fronts and many, many little alleys. Many of the buildings were made of brick, which I found incredibly beautiful. Everything looked like it came straight out of a storybook. There were a lot of plants too, which made it look especially picturesque and beautiful.
Visiting Sachsenhausen was an eye opening experience. I’d always learned about the holocaust in school, but shear extent of the organization and planning required never really hit home. Despite having general knowledge about concentration camps, after visiting Sachsenhausen the infrastructure in place was downright shocking. From the roads to the walls to the buildings themselves- everything was designed for mass production and efficiency.
I thought that I was prepared to visit Sachsenhausen.