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Today was somewhat low-key. We had a chance to tour Sportgymnasium, Madison's host school. All the kids who attend are athletes. They come here because the curriculum and schedules are tailored around their training. Many of the students here have gone on to become top national and even Olympic athletes. Their sports range from soccer to hand ...
... br> to, track and field and swimming. The American boys even had a chance
to learn at bit of handball.
The rest of the afternoon was spent touring downtown Magdeburg and free time to explore on our own. The boys played a pick-up game of basketball while we sat and had cappuccino while people watching.
Tomorrow is Weimar and Buchenwald.
... heroes in their time protecting these children and risking their lives going against Nazi policy.
When last in Brandenburg a few years ago, my cousin offered to pay for the
rights to have the movie subtitled in German for educational purposes to the
local high school. Part of that process was first having the movie producers remove some of the English subtitles as well as obtaining a transcript so the students could then add German ...
... project of which we will share with him. Feliks also said he would only do what the family (us) would feel comfortable with. We debated what would be appropriate, hearing his thoughts but could tell (and Steve had already known) that Feliks is pretty strong on his feelings and perhaps is not 100% embraced by the community at large.
We ended that subject indicating we would give it some thought and let him know how we felt after having an opportunity ...
... was spent relaxing - reading (Val) and blogging (Syd). Just before 7pm we went a little way down the street and had a Donner-Teller (Donner on a plate with salad and chips) each and a beer. This was a large plate and very filling - 14euro for both! (good as well - we have rarely been disappointed with such a meal in Germany).
Returning to the hotel we repacked the bags and went to bed using our own sleeping bags as the hotel's doona was too ...