Worlitz, Weddings, und Wunderbarlich wandern

Trip Start Apr 30, 2007
Trip End Aug 01, 2007

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Monday, July 9, 2007

As I (Bob) write this week, Barb and I find it difficult to believe we have but two more weeks in Wittenberg!  How time flies!

This past weekend was a special weekend for those young Germans who may be superstitious, as Saturday's date was 7/7/07, said to be lucky.  The city hall was full of young couples who came to be married in civil ceremonies.  Following the weddings the couples perform the traditional sawing of the log to test if they can work together to accomplish life's necessary tasks.  It was fun to watch, and since the Rathaus or city hall is in the city square, this is a rather public event (except for the civil ceremony itself). 

While the community nature of the wedding event strikes us as quaint and enjoyable, the fact that the vast majority of couples do not return to the church for a religious ceremony is sad to us.

The highlight of the week for us was a visit from my email stamp collecting friend Wolfgang and his wife Silvia.  They were kind enough to drive all the way from Stuttgart to spend the weekend with us.   
We found that we enjoy each other's company very much, even with minor language difficulties, and we look forward to spending another weekend together in Austria when we leave Wittenberg in two weeks.  The four of us visited sites here in Wittenberg, as well as in Worlitz, a town about 15 km. away where there is a Lutheran church that I consider the prettiest and most worshipful of all the churches in the area. 
Luther preached in this church twice, in 1532 and 1536.

This coming week Barbara and I will host a traditional afternoon coffee for friends with whom we have shared such in the past weeks.  For us this is like stepping into another culture a bit, as folks make a somewhat formal affair out of  it and set a fancy table and serve enough sweets to make Weight Watchers put you up for excommunication.  It will not be quite as fancy in our humble apartment as it has been in some of the homes we have been in, but it should be fun nonetheless.
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