In the middle of Germany

Trip Start Jan 13, 2011
Trip End Jul 05, 2011

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Flag of Germany  , Thuringia,
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Weimar is considered to be the historic center of German culture, as the home of Goethe and Schiller, where Mozart and Bach were once organists at the town cathedral. This is where Hitler gave speeches and rallied some of his most ardent supporters. And, luckily for us, this is where Marie Fraser, a family friend, is teaching English at an international school for the year.  She kindly invited us to stay with her for a few days, in her little apartment near the historic centre.  We got caught up on our emails, explored the downtown, got our hair cut by over-zealous hairdressers, accompanied Marie to a birthday party for a colleague and visited Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

It was very interesting to chat with Marie and get a Canadian perspective on living and working in Eastern Germany.   There is apparently still a great deal of unrest here, and in Weimar the neo-Nazi movement has a strong foothold, which is more than a bit scary.

On the upside, it's a beautiful community, with once drab communist buildings receiving facelifts in order to help the city live up to its reputation as a UNESCO world heritage site.

Our last night with Marie we actually stayed in to watch a movie (first time in MONTHS).  "Letters to Juliet" is your generic Hollywood rom-com, but it was filmed mostly in Italy, so it was fun for Mom and I to see places we'd been in person just a month ago.

The last two pics are from awhile ago... just wanted to add them cuz they're fun!
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