picture of the day – beautiful bamberg

This is the view I am enjoying this weekend as I stay at a friend’s 4th floor (American 5th floor..German ground floor= 0) college dorm apartment. You can see the Dom, St. Michael’s, and Altenburg castle.

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picture of the day

“Bamberg’s most famous festival is, without doubt, the “Sandkerwa”, which transforms the Old Town into a prolonged state of joy every year at the end of August. It is the traditional church anniversary and Bamberg’s biggest fair all rolled into one and gives visitors the chance to try the whole range of local beers at the various stalls and in the pubs on the festival grounds.” (http://www.bamberg.info/en/erlebnis/bierstadt/veranstaltungen/)

As I left my apartment this morning and walked to my car, I saw that they are already setting up for Sandkerwa, a festival that happens once a year on my street, Sandstrasse (of course it happens on my street). The locals as well as my friend who works at a restaurant on the street hate it for the chaos but it brings in a lot of money to the restaurants, breweries, and stores. It starts in 6 days. It was CRAZY last year…some web sites say up to 250,000 people come to this festival…I believe it. While it’s going on, I can barely make it to my apartment door, and definitely cannot find downtown parking. It is not fun for people like me who dislike large crowds, except that sometimes you can’t help but enjoy being caught up in the excitement of it. No country does festivals better than Germany! And it’s kind of fun that the biggest one in my town happens right outside my front door. However, this year, I will be staying with a friend to avoid the crazy, and might participate a little, especially when they set off fireworks on the last day. But there’s definitely an eerie feeling of the calm before the storm every time I walk down my street now…

pod day 40 – rothenburg

I went to Ansbach to meet up with several awesome Club Beyond friends in the area to celebrate Storey’s birthday. We spent the evening in Rothenburg, which as I found out AFTER I left, is where they filmed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! My Aunt Lois would have appreciated this. She always brought awesome old Disney movies like that one over when she babysat my brother and I. Thus, I am fully educated on the wonderfulness that is that movie. ANYWAY. We ate dinner and took a night watchman tour. It was cold. Fall is here. Rothenburg was a beautiful way to welcome in fall and celebrate the birth of a friend I love so much!

A Jewish memorial

Josiah and Storey trying to figure out what this scene is. It’s a fun game.

The bells rang and these little windows opened up and these little figures came out drinking beer.

The Night Watchman tour. This dude was funny.

Aretta noticed these wine bottle characters in a window. Hahaha

We walked around the city walls. It was kind of creepy and yet cool.

The birthday girl blows out her animal print candles.

pod day 39 – first home football game

I met up with Kenzie and Tori, two awesome high school girls that I know, and we made the boys a sign for their first home football game of the season! It was extra funny because we had to look up the other team’s mascot…but before we did Tori joked about it’s too bad they don’t have a mascot like Dragons so we could write “Slay the Dragons” or something clever like that. Haha! We destroyed the Alconbury (England) Dragons so bad that it should’ve been mercy ruled at halftime. We had fun 🙂

pod day 33 – apfel fest

Today six friends and I went to the Apfel Fest in Trabelsdorf. It was a tiny, cute little fest, and a great way to ring in the new season (I. ADORE. Fall.). The irony of course is that I am allergic to apples (recent development in the last couple of years). But I still had fun. We ground up some corn, Emmy rode the cart thing, I ate some apple crisp and drank some apfelshorle, Shay got attacked by a spiderweb, we saw a lot of tractors, Dana won an apple at the William Tell crossbow booth, we all sweat a lot (it did not feel like fall today), and fun was had all-around.

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