Today is a day of mixed feelings – we are sad that the interim is coming to an end and some of us are looking forward to the second semester starting in a few days.
We have arrived safely at the airport and said farewell to our bus driver Joop. We now have a few hours to wait for the boarding call.
We should arrive in Detroit around 5:30pm and then one last bus trip back to Calvin College.
Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support!
Leonard De Rooy
11976 steps today.
We left Berlin this morning and headed to Hamburg for a short visit on our way to Bremen. Most of us had lunch in Hamburg. Some even had a hamburg(er) in Hamburg. I was thinking of doing the same but settled for a donut and coffee.
Hamburg has a inner lake in the center of the city.
This building looks like it might have survived the bombing during the war.
The City Hall
St. Nicholas’ Church was bombed during the war and left in the destroyed state as a memorial.
We then loaded the bus again and headed to Bremen. Where the sky was blue and the sun was shining!
Jan 22 Tuesday
Today my step counter reads 19265 steps. The student mileage may vary 🙂
Today our group went on a tour of Berlin. We started at the Brandenburg gate and Reichstag Building. We were all amazed at the amount of security police etc. at this location until we found out that the president of France was visiting at that very moment. We all think we saw him leave a car and enter the French Embassy that is located near the Brandenburg gate.
From there we walked over to the holocaust memorial and spent about an hour going through the museum.
Then onto the East Side Gallery which is a portion of the original Berlin wall left in place after the wall came down. At the time artist from around the world were asked to paint the wall. One of the famous ones that I remember is the kiss between Brezhnev and Honecker.
Later that afternoon and evening the students had free time to explore Berlin.
Sunday Jan 20
12639 steps today.
We left Prague Sunday morning and headed back to Germany to Dresden. In many places the snow/ice on the trees reminded me of what I imagine Narnia would look like before the return of Aslan. If you do not know what Narnia is then you must read the books some day (by C.S. Lewis)
In Dresden we attended the church called Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady). This protestant church was destroyed along with the rest of the city on an air raid on Feb 13 and 14, 1945 (the night of a thousand bombers). The church was rebuilt after the iron curtain came down. We were not permitted to take photos during the service, but I took this picture on our way out after the service. It is an amazing church building – but more importantly it was a wonderful service.
For lunch I had Soup and Buttercake with coffee. I thought I would take pictures of our food today to show you how nicely food is served here in Germany.
The Buttercake came with a whipped topping made from red currants – just like my mom used to make!
We then drove on to Leipzig for a short visit and to spend the night. Our dinner was also a great dinner including cloth tablecloths and napkins and candles.
Salad included slices of ham
The main course: pork medallions with mushrooms and noodles along with a small salad
Dessert included mousse with fruit.
I had someone complain that I am not in many of the pictures so I had someone take a picture of our table:
After dinner we had one of our class meetings where the discussions ranged from global companies to our “right” to vote.