December 11, 2009: I’m on the airplane to
Frau, meaning Ms. in German and what we call our German teacher, warned us two hours into the plane not to talk to the guy sitting an aisle over from us German-taking classmates. The guy was a middle-aged Polish man who was getting a little bit tipsy and was passing some scrawled sketches to us. It was rather amusing how he kept making cartoons of Andy as a Japanese tourist (he’s Taiwanese) until he passed some rather..uh..interesting artwork. Then it just got scary. So that was my first plane ride (10 hours !)
We land in Frankfurt airport where we transfer to a smaller plane to
The bulk of the trip consisted of museum visits, and the museums were mostly cultural like art and architect design. There were amazing in that so many beautiful art work was suddenly presented to us like Die Sixtinische Madonna by Raffael with the two angels on the bottom. We toured churches, like the skyscraping church tower of Ulm where we climbed 70 meters of the entire 162 meters of stairs (luckily, it was under maintainance).
The most interesting part of the trip was to that Christian Ulbricht factory. The factory is a family operated business specializing in wood works—specifically nutcrackers. There are only ten or so workers in the small factory, each with much skill to work without goggles and gloves along side heavy machinery. It was funny (though a little creepy) to see so many unfinished and hairless nutcrackers staring back at me. After the tour, we spent two hours in the tiny souvenir shop to shop, entirely enchanted by the tour.
600 words or less just doesn’t give justice to my full experience in
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