Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Day 3 - Gotha and Wartburg

I had lots of "favorite" moments on this trip, but this was one of my favorite days. We spent the morning learning about maps and their use in education. We then wandered and ate lunch in the city of Gotha before heading off to Wartburg to visit the castle.

The Wartburg castle is a popular tourist destination because it was the place that Martin Luther hid while he translated the Bible into Germany which ultimately helped usher in the Lutheran Church and the end of the Reformation. The castle was beautiful and at dinner that night the group that I sat at with the table kept encouraging me to take artistic pictures of our food.

The center image with the table is the room where Martin Luther worked, however, nothing in the room is original.

Enjoy the shots!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Day 2 - Erfurt

Erfurt is a beautifully centrally located city in the state of Thuringia. Created in the early 700's it has become a popular tourist destination not only because it is a well-preserved medieval city, but also because Martin Luther attended university in the city.

It has an astonishing number of churches and has been called the "Rome of Germany." Besides the city being beautiful, it was also smaller than I anticipated. I never felt crowded or in a horde of tourists in the city. Every street downtown was picturesque and charming.

Enjoy a few more photos.

Germany Day 1

I know giving a full day by day detail of my trips this summer will become a little tiresome, but I will be posting my best images and a little detail about where I traveled.

My trip was sponsored by the Goethe-Institut and was intended to increase awareness and understanding of modern Germany and education.

On day 1 we flew from Washington D.C. to Frankfurt. Frankfurt is the banking capital of Germany, we only stopped in the train station before we were off to Eastern Germany and the lovely city of Erfurt.

I am not able to sleep on planes and so the first day traveling is always the hardest for me. After a brief 1/2 hour nap we took to the streets to get familiar with the town.

My first picture is of the Frankfurt train station, but all the rest of the images are of Erfurt.

I will be posting more pictures of the lovely town tomorrow.


Monday, July 5, 2010

1st Week of June

The first week of June I spent in Fort Collins, Colorado (campus of Colorado State University) grading AP World History exams. I did the same thing last year and I believe I posted on my blog that I wouldn't do it again. I have to say that the second time around it was so much better. My table group was hilarious and although grading was tedious, we spent more time laughing about the terrible writing and mocking the really bad essays. It was the only thing we could do to keep our sanity.

I was grading the compare/contrast essay again this year and I was amazed at all the shocking historical tidbits I learned; such as "protestants were attacked by Alexander the Great," or "Napoleon lead the Romans," and my favorite "the chaste system was really difficult for the Indians."

Ultimately my decision to go to the grading again was monetarily driven, but it does provide me the opportunity to strengthen the way I teach my students how to prepare for their tests.

The other really great thing this year was that we were finished grading all the essays by 11:30 on the last day, so we got the afternoon off to explore Fort Collins and do a little shopping.

Fort Collins is a beautiful place and here are a few shots of campus and the town. Enjoy!

I'm Back!

I officially returned to the states on Saturday, but I won't be home again until August. I have one more month of living out of a suitcase. I am already enjoying my three week stay in Dallas with Garret, Heidi and their three adorable boys.

I am still suffering from a little jet lag, but I will begin posting about my adventures during the month of June and sharing all my pictures immediately.

It is good to be back, but I have already begun to plan my next grand adventure! More details to come later.