Jan 15

Today my step counter reads 19751 steps.

This morning we stopped by the city of Speyer to visit the cathedral and to spend a little time exploring the city.  The cathedral is only 1000 years old and contains a crypt that has four holy Roman emperors and four German kings buried in the royal vault.  It was interesting to see the noted difference of architecture between this church and the ones in France.

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The front door of the church told many stories from the bible- start at the bottom left with the creation story:

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On the way back to the bus some students took the opportunity to climb on the playground equipment.  It was sort of weird to see a giant spider (and spider web) made for kids to play on.  Maybe the kids of this city are not scared of spiders!   We also saw some green birds feeding on the bird feeder they looked like parrots but it was below freezing in the city.

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We then travelled to Heidelberg.  We stopped at the oldest bridge in Heidelberg which opens to the old city gate.

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A few blocks away from this gate is the Heiliggeistkirch (Holy Ghost Church) which is the location where the Heidelberg Catechism was written.   If you are not familiar with this Catechism then you should look up Question and Answer #1 (something that I committed to memory a long time ago)

What is you only comfort in life and death?

That I am not my own,

but belong–
   body and soul,
   in life and in death–
to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

   He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
   and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil
   He also watches over me in such a way
   that not a hair can fall from my head
   without the will of my Father in heaven:
   in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit,
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready
from now on to live for him.

 

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The next stop was the Heidelberg Castel.  We were not allowed to take pictures inside the building.

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With the first real snow of the month, many students got to show off their snow ball skills.

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Dreaming of a life of living in a Castel….

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This is the location where they stored the gun powder.  At one time someone set off the gun power and with a big blast the wall was blown off the tower.

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As we got back onto the bus at 7:30 at night we got a chance to see the castle lit up in the night sky.

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