Farewell Flemish

November 29, 2009

The most typical of all Bavarian breakfasts. weißwurst, weißbier, prezel, and sweet mustard. Our guest family made us an incredible farewell breakfast.

The Moon hovering over St. Pauls

View of St. Pauls from within Tollwood

Memorial to the 1980 pipe bomb that exploded at the entrace of Oktoberfest. 13 people were killed and over 200 injured.

ZEUGNIS!

November 27, 2009

My teacher and I with my certificate of completion stating that I passed the semester abroad.

Tollwood und Christkindlmarkt

November 27, 2009

The Münchener Rathaus during Weinnachtsmarkt

Also the Rathaus but with a clear view of the large Christmas tree and the Frauenkirche in the background.

Entrance to the alternative art festival, Tollwood

Blå Skies

November 22, 2009

Sweden is so impressive as a country to be located in such a relatively remote area with ruthless weather. The technology surpasses any U.S. city I have ever visited and the quality of living is so high. The main problems are the expensive for an outsider. It is extremely pricey, more so than London. Also, the Swedes are very reserved and seem to prefer to only talk to other Swedes even though all of them speak perfect English.

Pripps Blå, a Swedish beer that has a very good full taste. It costed 59 Krona for a .5 L. That is equal to 6 Euros and in Bavaria, the same beer would cost 2 Euros.

The Vasa

November 21, 2009

The Vasa was a 17th century warship created in the docks of Stockholm that sank on it’s maiden voyage. During construction, the king demanded another row of gun ports, but the Swedish ship builders never had experience in double deck ships before. A ship requires a ballace to make sure it’s secure and can take the rocking of the waves. Wooden ships were filled stones to serve the purpose but the second level of gunports was built too low and not enough stones could be placed inside. As it sailed in the bay of Stockholm, its tall masts took a light wind, rocking it just enough to let water into the gun ports. Slowly, the civilians watched the Vasa sink.

Three centuries later, the Swedish navy discovered a way to lift the wreck by digging holes under the ship and lacing it with strong iron wire. The ship was found with all its cannons, booty, skeletons, etc… Currently it’s housed in the Vasa museum. Its masts are so tall that they actually go through the roof of the building and are clearly visible across the bay.

Olympic Games 1912

Our friend’s house

Nordic Museum

This measures the cleanliness of the air in real time

Ski and snowboarding competition

A cannon ball found witht he Vasa ship

One of the many cannons found with the Vasa

A 50’s era diving suit.

A model showing how the enormous ship was raised.

The front of the ship

A wax model believed to be an exact replica of one of the skeletons found in the wreck

His real skeleton

The adouring lion woodcut

Nordic Museum

Bridge leading to the Vasa museum

The back of the Vasa

Also the back from another angle

What it looked like when it was completed with its paint intact.

The double rowed gun ports.

Sweden

November 19, 2009

4:45
Wake up and rush to the Hauptbahnhof

5:51
Train departs to Memmingen, a small dorf due west of München useful only for its airport, appropriately named München West.

7:45
Arrive in Memmingen and take a short taxi ride to the airport.

9:50
Plane departs. We are flying Ryanair, an Irish low budget airline that may just be the worst in the world.

11:53
Landed safely

Stockholm is an amazingly modern city…

View across the water in Stockholm

King Gustaf III

The Swedish Krona

Paul Gauguin – Landscape in Brittany

 

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn – Self-portrait

 

Main shopping district in Stockholm

Today I visited the Stadtmuseum (city museum). Upon entering the museum, I unknowingly found the NSDP museum next door, showing Hitler and the Nazi partys’ rise to power. It was incredible to see geniune artifacts, including loads of propaganda that was used in the early 30’s to promote the horrible partys’ ideology.

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Germanic solider from Dark Ages

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The Priest handing over the keys to the München’s city walls

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Knight’s armor in the Medieval chamber

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Vom Faß! A traditional wooden barrel that holds beer. Only the Augustiner Bräu still uses it.

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Bust of the composer Richard Wagner

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A late 18th century advertisement for a sports clothes store.

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Hitler and his infamous book “Mein Kampf” (My Struggles)

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Assortment of Chinese instruments

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African Precussion

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A 4 meter cannon drum from Thailand

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Sitars, Tablas, and other Indian instruments

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An ornate 17th century Lute

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Jimmy Page meets the 18th century

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1919 to 1933 is known as the Weimarer Republik in Germany. It was a weak government system that immediately followed their loss of WWI. Hyperinflation was so terrible that money quickly became worthless. These 10 and 25 million Mark bills would be good for a few loafs of bread. The highest bill printed during the Weimar was worth 100 trillion Marks.

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Rühe und Ordnung wollen wir! – Peace and Order is what we want!

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An early Nazi uniform

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Genuine Nazi flag

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Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer! – One People, One Empire, One Leader!

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Visit Bavaria, the home of Hitler

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An eye color kit, used to test the perfectness of a human.

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A hair kit used to determine if the test subject had the perfect genes.

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An Ausweis (ID card) of a German jew and a patch that Jews were forced to wear.

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“Der Ewige Jude” – The Eternal Jew, an anti-Semitic propaganda film. It portrays a religious Jew as a communist, greedy, and with a whip in one hand.

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MULE

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Danny on keys

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Warren on the guitar

Bayern Munich Training Field

November 11, 2009

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FC Bayern store, office, and training center

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Going for the kick…

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and stopped by the goalkeeper!

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Skirmish match. It was incredible to be so close to these players because they are some of the most loved soccer players in all of Germany.

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The 20th year celebration in front of the Brandenburg Tor in Berlin.

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Mikhail Gorbachev, ex-leader of the Soviet Union spoke at the event.

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Angela Merkel, current Chancellor of Germany

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Bon Jovi playing for the event; how random…

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These large dominos symbolized the fall of the Wall and ran through a large portion of the city in the same location as the real Wall.