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I am back in town and before I say anything else, I want to thank Suzanne and Emily for filling in for me while I was away.  I hope you enjoyed their posts, because I know I did!

I admit that I did have visions of sharing a wonderfully long trip report with you, but after a two-hour run yesterday that wiped me out, plus  staying in bed all day today with a sore throat, the enormous number of details to convey from a two-week study tour is overwhelming.  Especially since I only have a few days to catch up on my regular life before heading to Scotland for the four-day Easter weekend (yep, Good Friday and Easter Monday are national holidays here).

Anyway, the study tour was fantastic (as well as a little exhausting).  We visited an incredible amount of cities and experienced an amazing variety of places.  Everything from Germany’s Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe to a youth detention facility in Leonberg, from the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium to a work facility for disabled people in Rockenhausen.

I feel pretty at home in Northern Germany, but loved experiencing more of the central, southern and eastern parts of the country.  Overall, my favorite stop on the trip was Weimar.  I loved the contrast between the classical buildings protected under UNESCO (including some of Goethe’s homes) with the reminders of the Bauhaus movement involving Klee and Kandinsky, as well as the energy of a city populated by art students.  It also helped that the weather was absolutely gorgeous.

I could go on and on, but instead I picked out several of my favorite pictures from the trip, and will point you towards loads more photos here.

Easter time
Easter time in Göttingen
Göttingen's striped church
Göttingen, Germany
Weimar, Germany
Bauhaus Museum
Art installation in front of the Bauhaus Museum: Weimar, Germany
This way to the director's office
Bauhaus University: Weimar, Germany
Photo taken from Odeon’s Platz in Munich
Swag & coffee
Coffee and swag during a visit to the Bavarian State Government in Munich
Schwein, anyone?
Dinner at a “rustic” wine tasting in Kraichtal-Neuenbürg, Germany
Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany.  Bach was the music director at this church, and is is now buried here.


  1. kd says:

    Welcome back Mandi! I’m so sorry I never got to post on your blog. It was a combination of not thinking of anything witty and having a houseful of guests much of the time you were gone. I’m glad you’re back to pick up where Suzanne and Emily left off. :-)

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