A Weekend in Glauchau

Trip Start Jan 09, 2007
Trip End May 11, 2007

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Friday I got on an early train and, after eight hours and two transfers, I arrived in the moderately small city of Glauchau, Germany. (Almost three years ago, I participated in an exchange program through my high school German program in which I stayed with a family for three weeks in Glauchau.) Most of the time I hung around with Michael and Doreen, and on Sunday, Beatrice, my old exchange partner, joined us. Michael's girlfriend Franzi and Doreen's boyfriend Thomas often also accompanied us. I stayed with Doreen's family, and they (and everyone I visited) treated me fantastically well. I ate some great food while there. Saturday we went to Leipzig, largely in part to see an exhibit titled "Echte Körper - Von den Toten lernen", which means "Real Dead Bodies - Learn from the Dead". The website (in German) can be found here: http://www.echtekoerper.de/. It was great. It totally lived up to its claim. They have several preserved bodies and a lot of information about the human body. It was all in German, but thankfully I was able to understand most of it. I also went to the Museum der bildenden Kunst (Museum of Fine Arts), which was pretty cool. I could have spent a fair heap of time in there. We also went up this skyscraper in the middle of town, semi-/non-affectionately called the Wisdom Tooth. And, to top it off, as it wouldn't be Germany without it, we got ice cream. Sunday we went in Schloß Glauchau (the city castle) and explored the museum, and then I hung out at Beatrice's family's restaurant. I enjoyed talking with them again, and, just like they used to, they gave me a giant glass of ice cream too. We also saw "Mr. Bean macht Ferien" which in English must be "Mr. Bean's Holiday" or something. It wasn't really that great, but William Dafoe has a good film parody subplot. It was just a lot of fun hanging out with old friends I hadn't seen in that long. Also, I pretty much only spoke in German the whole time, which got me to the point of thinking in German. That's always fun.

Monday morning I had to wake up early to take the first train out so I could get back to Vienna in time for a programming mid-term (which I think I did quite well on). Yesterday I went to the Volkstheater to see "Glaube Liebe Hoffnung" (Belief, Love, Hope) with my German professor, and that was really cool. Since I'd read the piece beforehand, I understood it pretty well. Today I went to the Ottakringer Brauerei (Vienna's only large-scale brewery) to take a tour. It was pretty great; I got to see a large part of the process. And to top it off at the end, the guide took the group to a guest room and let us try whichever of their products that we wanted, right there on tap. And now I'm still quite busy and still trying to work out a trip to Geneva this coming weekend.
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