Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Mai How the Time Has Gone!

Once again, my time here has been filled with many interesting and happy moments! The past week and a half has included some beautiful evening walks through the gardens and schlosspark in Karlsruhe as well as a few awesome nights out. On one occasion, a few of the other exchange students and myself decided that we needed something close to home for a night out. So, naturally we headed to the movie theater to see the new Iron Man 3 film. At the movie theater here in Karlsruhe there is an American-style 50’s Diner and we thought, what better way to spend our American night out than with some American-style food and a movie!? After we enjoyed cheeseburgers and milkshakes we headed into the film. With our giant sodas and popcorn bags in hand and our 3D glasses on, we enjoyed the very American made film and had a great evening out!

Another beautiful sunset!

Along a walk in the gardens...

Cheeseburger and milkshake time!

Iron Man 3 3D in Germany!

A few days later proved to be an even more amazing experience! Living so close to the border of France definitely has its advantages and so, since Strasbourg is only about an hour and a half away, we headed to France for the day! Our day began with touring around the city and visiting little shops and cafes and eating crepes; it was very relaxing. However, attempting to understand the language was a bit more stressful. It was impressive, however, that most of the people there could speak fluent French and German as well as a bit of English, so we managed to get around just fine in the end. Towards the middle of the day, we were able to visit the Cathédrale de Strasbourg and go inside as well as climb to the top and see the view of the city. Not only was the building itself absolutely beautiful, but the view of the city of Strasbourg from the top was also breathtaking. After our time in the cathedral, we walked down along the river until we came to the Petite-France area and found a café to have lunch at. In a typically French way, we ended up spending the remainder of the afternoon having lunch and enjoying the atmosphere of the city. I was able to try some French red wine as well as Escargot! I even had some legit crème brulee for dessert! Our day in France ended with a quick train ride back across the border to Germany.

Walking along the river 

Cathédrale de Strasbourg

Cathédrale de Strasbourg

View from the top!
Red wine, anyone?


Legit creme brulee!

At the day's end...

Another interesting trip I had the opportunity to take this past weekend was to the Kloster Maulbronn. This monastery was founded in 1147 and is considered to be the best-preserved and most complete medieval monastery north of the Alps. We spent the afternoon touring the monastery as well as the countryside around it. We also were provided free lunch at the restaurant inside of the complex. The day, though it began quite cold and rainy, ended with sunshine and I had a wonderful time with good friends!
Time has proven to fly by over and over during this journey of mine and I don’t expect it to slow down any time soon. After today’s class, our ‘spring break’ time will begin and, what’s more, I will be picking my mom up at the train station here in only a few short hours! I am looking forward to getting to spend time together and getting to travel as much as we can! Here’s to many more fantastic memories to be made and until next time…

Kloster Maulbronn

Kloster Maulbronn

Fountain inside the monastery

Oh, sunny day!

View from above the monastery 

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