Day at the Fair
Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
80Trip End Aug 01, 2007
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Once at his professors house I got a better sense for where we were headed, Germany! Essen, Germany, actually, was the location of a man and his obsession with the fair. Essen is located about 2 and a half ours from Amsterdam by car, the northwestern side of the country. Our appointment was at 2pm, but arriving early allowed us to walk through a flea market and have lunch
To explain a litter further, Anders and his colleagues are very much interested in puppetry, theatre, and textiles. Some how they found out about this German man's Fair Ground Collection in Essen and decided to check it out. Not speaking any German one of Anders colleagues filled me in on the details about the collection, but for the most part I was in total awe of the spectacular site I was seeing. Located in the industrial part of Essen, this German man houses one of the most extensive collections of Fair Ground objects in the world. He began collecting at a young age, and now in his 70's, his goal now is to show and preserve what he has been collecting all his life.
As my eyes moved around the rooms all the wonderful objects I was seeing transfixed me. Pieces and parts from other old carousals surrounded a large wooden carousal in the middle of the open warehouse. Puppet theatres, marionettes, embroideries, pictures, posters, musical toys, figurines, clown cars, fair organs, and so much more filled every crevice and corner of this warehouse and upstairs rooms
We all walked around for a couple hours as the man played the musical organs and we looked at every piece he had collected. Thanking him very much for opening up his collection to us, we parted ways figuring out what next we would do. As we made our way toward the city center for coffee a sad discussion broke out about how this collection should really be in a formal museum. Many more people could appreciate and enjoy what we all just experienced if it was in a better location and dusted off. What happens when this man passes on and no one is there to take care of this amazing remembrance of the past?
After a cup of coffee everyone decided that you cant make a trip to Germany without seeing a bit of the country-side and having a pastry, and so off to the train station we went heading again for some new place. Anders professor had gone to school near by in Werden, and so that is where we headed. Werden just happened to be a very small town in the rural parts of Germany with beautiful rolling green hills and traditional German homes and walkways. It would be a perfect end to my day in Germany, plus we got cake!
Finding a pastry shop we stopped in for yet another cup of coffee and a delicate treat for our taste buds. Running out of time we made a short walk around the small town and headed back for the train start our journey home. By 10pm we were back in Amsterdam and Anders and I were back on our bikes headed back to his place. A full day, another country on my list, and the best collection I have see in my life!! It's a must see!