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Monday, May 30, 2005

Schwarzwald!

So I went to Schwarzwald (the Black Forest) this weekend on the program with 41 other people and it was pretty awesome. We stayed at a hostel in Titisee and visited Gutach to check out 400 year old farm houses, Triberg to see Germany's highest waterfalls, Freiburg to see Germany's hottest city, and Alpirsbach to see a 1000 year old monastery and the beer brewery that was right next to it. The weather was so nice and hot for pretty much the entire trip. We went to a biergarten and a cafe and made a bonfire one night; the next night we grilled on a bonfire and had some drinks, then hit a small disco in the basement of a restaurant in Titisee; and the last day we went on some paddleboats around the lake. I would write more, but pictures are better than words.


This is a part of the waterfall in Triberg, where we had lunch on the first day. It's the highest in Germany.


After that, we hit Gutach to check out how the German's farmed 400 years ago. They were super short and the floors were about five feet high, but they used a water-powered mill to collect bran. Do you Germanically mechanically engineer?


In downtown Freiburg on the main street. The stra├če-bahn runs right on the street and there are small water canals to separate the sidewalk. It was like Disneyworld! Check out the McDonald's by the clocktower.



Coo coo clocks! Schwarzwald is famous for them.


We hiked up a mountain in Freiburg to an observation tower that was 30 meters tall. It was intense.


From there, you could see everything including wind farms! Holla if you're a mechanical engineer.


But even better was the view of Freiburg itself. Four of us hiked up about three km each way in Freiburg, Germany's hottest city (because of the hot air it receives), and on an usually hot day in Schwarzwald. I was drenched in sweat with my pack, but it was worth it.


Bus buddies! We didn't have assigned seats, but Allison and I sat together and talked on all the bus rides to the different sites for the whole weekend. You'll see why in a moment.


Random German bear in Freiburg.


That was the night we grilled up some sausages, chicken, vegetables, and made smores.


I saw Yoshi walking around the forest, so I asked him if he wanted a German sausage.


Our student helper, Matthias, was chowing down as well.


The last day we rode around in paddleboats for a little bit at the lake in Titisee. Still really hot, but the water was nice and cool.


This is why Allison and I were such good bus buddies. The heat! My god the heat! I haven't actually seen Bos running around Germany, but he's apparantly been practicing his peacing powers.


Evangelist symbols at the monastery in Alpirsbach. Check out my Art History 348 retention!


Brad and I rubbing the beer belly of some statue outside the brewery in Alpirsbach.



We were bored because we had to wait around before the tour. That's Jake, me, Brad, and Allison. Jump!


This is the mixing chamber at the brewery company. This one is historic and no longer in use, but 74 couples have gotten their civil marriage in this room since 1998. 71 are still together today. Talk about bad ass.


Beer cooling sytems from back in the early 1900's. The local brewery currently has 94 workers who each receive 100 liters of free Alpirsbach beer per month. I tried a free glass of the light, then of the dark and it was pretty good, I must say. The company produces 11 types throughout the year and before 1970 workers could drink on the job. But this is not so anymore. Take care! By the way, the tour guide at the brewery was amazing.

Schwarzwald is one of the most beautiful forests and it's super clean with trees that shoot straight up to hundreds of feet. Once in a lifetime. But hopefully not. How is your neck of the woods?

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