Germany: Day 4

Our last day in Munich began with a Tetris-like geometrical puzzle: how to fit 14 suitcases and an equal number of backpacks in a 2 foot wide supply closet. Having (eventually) successfully stored our luggage, we ate one more hostel breakfast before taking a suburban train to the village of Dachau and its namesake concentration camp, the first in Germany’s ultimately vast system. The group spent several hours touring some of the original buildings, along with reconstructed barracks, guided along by incredibly detailed and moving displays, punctuated, as always, by Mr Hornor’s thoughtful analysis.

After returning to Munich, an even more complicated unstacking of our bags finally allowed us to drag our suitcases, some rolling more efficiently than others, to the Munich Hauptbahnhof for our nearly six-hour train ride to Berlin. First, though, one last stocking-up on Bavarian pastries, pretzels, and sandwiches. And, for some reason, the not-available-in-America Paprika Flavored Pringles.

Six hours is a long time, but it flies by when your chaperones force you to spend most of it working on physics, or calculus, or English. Arriving in Berlin wiser than before, we then took three subway lines to end up in our beautiful, historic hostel, a former bishop’s home that survived the World War II bonbing of Berlin. With a long day behind us, the group will tackle a walking tour of Berlin and a visit to the world-renowned Philharmonie tomorrow.

Dachau entry gate
Detail of Germany’s massive system of camps
Drawing by a prisoner of Dachau roll call
View of memorial and model of camp
Prisoners greeting the arrival of American liberators
Inside a Dachau prison cell
Door into cell
Memorial
Jewish memorial site at Dachau
View of site of barracks
Catholic memorial site at Dachau

Germany: Day 3

A hearty hostel breakfast shared with similarly budget-minded travelers fortified the group for what would be a dozen mile hike through Central Munich with stops at some of the world’s finest museums. A stroll to the Königsplatz via the Odeonplatz deposited us at the Antiken museum and its unequaled collection of Greek and Etruscan pottery. From there, a walk into Munich’s university district led us to the Alte Pinakothek and its amazing collection of 14th to 18th century art: Durer, Rubens, Raphael, Titian, El Greco are all well-represented here. Next, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch at a nearby university cafe before strolling back through Munich’s famed English Gardens. A free night to explore and eat on their own allowed the group to test both their geographical and menu navigational skills. Tomorrow, we tour Dachau and then take a long train ride to Berlin.

Mr Hornor providing historical context in the Odeonplatz
The Feldherrnhalle
Detail of artwork at Antiken Museum
More from the Antiken Museum
Still more from the Antiken Museum
Yet another detail from the Antiken Museum
AP Art History at the Alte Pinakothek
Life imitates Art
Albrecht Durer’s Hand
A fully engaged (almost!) group considers Mr Hornor’s explications
Hippo v Dog
Too much art!
Photogenic waterfowl in the English Gardens

Germany: Days 1-2

Arriving Sunday morning, this year’s Pace ICGL Germany group was met by cold rain. Persevering, though, the group fought weather (and jet lag!) by taking a long walking tour of the Munich city center and having a perhaps culturally-cliched yet still entertaining meal at local landmark the Hofbrauhaus. After gorging themselves on copious amounts of sausage, potatoes, and, of course, pretzels, the students braved a half-hour stroll in a now icy mist to return to our hostel and a well-deserved early bedtime.

Day Two began with grabbing a breakfast in the train station and carrying it on our 6:45 AM pair of trains into the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. With the previous day’s rain now a steady snow, the mist-shrouded Castle rose evocatively from its mountain home. The evening turned fancy, with our viewing of Strauss’ opera Arabella at the beautiful Munich Opera House, followed by an elegant dinner at the nearby Spatenhaus.

The Marienplatz on our return to the hostel
Catching up on reading on the train ride south.
Snowy Bavaria
In front of the scaffolded entrance to Neuschwanstein
So many selfies: a combinatoric conundrum
Ceremonial bare-handed offering of snow
Global Leadership: Making friends across the world
Post-descent view back up the mountain
Post-Opera Dinner

Welcome to Camp

The sixth graders and their adventurous teachers set out to Camp Coleman on Wednesday morning. As we arrived we immediately appreciated the cooler temperatures and bright sunshine. All students had the opportunity to participate in water activities for several hours Wednesday afternoon. Swimming, jumping on the water trampoline, playing on a huge inflatable slide, kayaking, building sand castles, launching off of the blob, or just hanging out with friends— we really enjoyed the water!

You would think that everyone would be ready to go straight to bed after dinner, but the kids played on the field for about three hours after dinner!

Soccer Camp, Family Lunches, and Ethno-Botanist

By Dylan

Today we had a lot of fun in soccer camp, having lunch and chatting with local families, and having an ethno-botanist do a presentation. First, at the soccer camp we had our warm-ups and let a group of girls practice their cheerleading. Then, it was game-time. I was the goalie, and where the line should have been there was a large puddle, and under that puddle was a large mud pit. I’ll leave you to guess how that went. At the end of the first half I had touched the ball once, and we were up 1-0. Then in the second half they got themselves together and finished regulation 2-2 putting us in a shootout. There were 11 PKs, but everyone was focused on the goalie, putting a lot of pressure on me. At the end we won on PKs 7-3, and apparently we were the first team to come from another country to beat the Costa Rica team. Overall we had a lot of fun and made great friends!

 

By Kate

 

After we played the soccer game we road back to the eco retreat on the bus. We spent about 10 minutes. Then we walked into the neighborhood down the street to eat lunch. We split up into groups. My chaperone was Mrs. Wilmoth. My group members were Addison, Lillis, Jackson Gant, and Hudson. We went to Dona Digna’s house. We had rice, beans, and chicken for lunch with additional salad and guacamole. After we finished, we went out to see her five cows, one pig, and two bunnies. We then went to her neighbor’s house that also happened to be her family, to play soccer. At 2:30 we walked back to the Eco Retreat and had a quick turnaround. We then walked to the botanist, which was about fifteen minute walk. The botanist was really fun. We got to try a lot of plants, which were mostly really good. My favorites were the coconut, star fruit, lime, Anesthesia (which is pretty self explanatory), and the lipstick plant which when you open up and squish the seeds a red lipstick consistency. Overall I tried a lot of new things and learned so many things I otherwise wouldn’t have.