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Sunday, June 24, 2012


There are several other interns who I work with at UNESCO and they are all pretty great.  This weekend we all decided to go on a day-trip together to a town called Lubeck (except the "u" has an umlaut over it).  

Countryside, as seen from the train-ride to Lubeck.

Lubeck used to be the capitol of Northern Germany and this is the gate to the city.

Other side of the gate.

There were looots of quaint streets.

Creepy horse at the puppet museum we happened upon.

And creepy puppets.

We paid a couple euro to go to the top of church that had the best views of the city.

Picture of the church when it was bombed in WWII.  Hamburg was bombed very heavily and much of the city was destroyed.

This is the only image of Christ I saw in the entire church and he was tiny and painted black.  I'm still trying to figure out what that says about the church.  

Can you find us?

Sophie and I, in particular, are a bit obsessed with out desire to get a dog.  This poor lady was walking by with these two dogs (mother & son) and we descended upon them, showing the dogs with affection.  I think she was, understandably, a bit taken aback.  But, the younger puppy was absolutely loving it.  I want a dog...

We explored a store that Ruthie and Sophie (pictured here) are familiar with from Denmark, where they go to school.

Candy shop.

Plant shop.  Many in Germany.

Loved seeing this old man ride by with flowers on the front and back of his bike.

Cherries anyone?

Fantastic dessert shop.

We stopped for lunch and decided to get a group.

Lover's locks on a bridge.

As we were on the bridge we witnessed what looked like a canoe race.  The lady at the drum was intense and everyone was yelling in unison.

Taken from the bridge.

The city was nice and quaint but not quite mind-blowing.  I enjoyed walking around and spending time with friends.  After we'd had our fill of Lubeck, we boarded the train again to head to the beach.  I didn't have too high of hopes, because going to the beach when it's in the low 60's just doesn't seem right to me.  However, there was a lot of interesting stuff going on and it ended up being really fun.

Strawberries are everywhere in Germany right now, and they are pretty good!

There were thousands of these at the beach.  You had to pay for them and pretty much none of them were being used.  Didn't seem like such a great idea, but made for a nice photo.

You can't really tell in the photos, but the water was actually pretty clear and turquoise. 

Parade on the walkway.

Sophie loved swinging but had never learned how!  We spent a good hour teaching her.  It was really fun!!  I love swinging.

To end the day we walked along the boardwalk, where there were lots of food booths, people selling their wares and street performers.

Crazy, crazy street performer.
Actually, one of my favorite parts of the day was the train home, just because we had some great conversations!  Great friends can really make all the difference.


  1. That "race" with the canoe is called crewing. Believe it's an Olympic sport? I would love to see all of the things you're seeing. Loved looking at all the pictures of the little shops (bakery, yum) and the church. Beautiful little town and the beach was fun too. Glad you're getting out and about - but I knew you would.

  2. I think you are underestimated the greatness of the strawberries. But I am so glad you are chronicling these adventures for us!

  3. What an interesting blog, introduced by a thought-provoking photo. The unusual wall painting of the dwellings is also a strangely modern interpretation. Something like this hieroglyphic view of a park by Swiss painter Paul Klee,
    The image can be seen at who can supply you with a canvas print of it.