This summer was amazing! I still remember when I first heard about it at Calvin; I called up Dad and said, “Dad, guess what- I’m going to Germany this summer”. There was never a dull moment for the past six weeks. If we weren’t busy with class or homework, we were out exploring the city or some other part of Germany. Continue reading “What I did this Summer”
I think it is quite unfortunate that Wittenberg is not a more popular city among the tourists. It’s the hometown of Martin Luther, the man who single-handedly sparked the Protestant Reformation! Not only did the Reformation reshape realign religion as we know it, but some say that the Reformation cleared a path for the Scientific Revolution! Now I’m not saying that Luther invented the Smart Phone, Continue reading “Wittenberg: The Land that Time Forgot?”
The East Side Gallery is a large preserved stretch of the Berlin Wall. They got multiple painters to decorate the wall with their idea of what freedom meant. I think that it is a great idea to turn what was once a symbol of oppression into a work of art celebrating their freedom. There are dozens of styles ranging from abstract to realistic and all of them are beautiful.
It was certainly enlightening to be able to visit both the holocaust museum and the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. These cites serve an important purpose, to honor the fallen and to warn us of past mistakes so that we might make better choices in the future. Walking through Berlin today, you would never have guessed at the horrors that happened here. The city has moved on, there are no signs pointing out famous WWII battle grounds or plaques commemorating events- just silent monuments and somber memorials.
Germany’s been great so far! The city is amazing, the food is outstanding, and the weather is…. ok so the weather could use some improvements. It would be nice if it stopped raining. Continue reading “Deutschland über alles!”