The Lutheran Church of Germany gave me an incredible gift – a stipend that made it possible for me to study in Germany this year! They, along with the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches, provide stipends for students from around the world to come study theology (and other subjects) and to gain ecumenical experience in Germany.
In the last two weeks of June, Mom and Gale came to visit me in Munich! I’m finally blogging about it. On the day they arrived, we hit the ground running to stave off the jet lag and to pack in as much of the city as possible on the sultry summer day before the rain arrived.
From the top of St. Peter – the first “must-see” every time I have visitors!
Since the weather has turned nice I have been using my bike for transportation from “point A to point B,” but I seldom ride for fun or stop to smell the roses while on the way. So, last weekend, Julius and I decided to take a bike tour through Munich to do just that – take our time, explore some new corners, enjoy a ride. It was a perfect day!
Towards the end of May, two GREAT people came to Munich. Jessie and Andrew, friends from Samford (Jessie was my sorority “big”… and just a dear friend in general), have just moved to Northern Ireland for a job. On their way to N. Ireland, they stopped in Munich. They did a few things on their own while I was in class, including a trip to the concentration camp in Flossenbürg and to the city of Regensburg. We also spent time together eating out, cooking, seeing the city, playing games, and riding bikes.
My favorite person (brother Patrick) came to visit me in Germany for about 10 days in May. Just after he arrived, we went to Prague for a long weekend. It is a 5 hour bus trip to Prague from Munich (quicker that you can get there on a train) and the fare was just about 50 EU. For those folks reading from southern Germany – I’d recommend the weekend trip! This post is mostly just snapshots of our time there.
May was a crazy month! I am writing a few posts about some of the things that kept me from blogging all month long.
Deutsche Evangelische Kirchentag (DEK) 2013 – the Evangelische Kirche Deutschland (Protestant Church of Germany) holds an annual gathering in a different city in Germany each May. The Kirchentag this year was in Hamburg. As a part of my scholarship program, I get the opportunity (am required) to travel to events like this. I was excited to head north to Hamburg, and also interested to see what the gathering of over 100,000 members and partners of the EKD had to offer.
I like spring because my birthday is in April, Easter is my favorite holiday, and the world comes back to life. This spring has been especially joyful and renewing for me because of the especially long, gray winter that we survived here in Munich.
This week we have started our summer semester at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Back into action! In the week before, the students at the Collegium Oecumenicum (about 35 of 50 residents) traveled on our study trip to the Bodensee. Bodensee is the lake situated on the border of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We spent time in all three countries, exploring nice towns and harbors in this beautiful region of the country. Here are pictures and notes about all that we did and saw.
I’m following up on my last post of Ashley’s visit to Germany with a post dedicated just to what we did in Berlin. We spent four days there and saw SO MUCH – it really felt like we went non-stop! Ashley’s comment at the end of the week, “I can’t even feel my feet any more,” pretty much nailed it.
Last week, one of my good friends came to visit me in Germany! Ashley and I worked two summers of Passport Camp together in 2008 and 2010. She is also from my old Kentucky home. She has just finished law school and planned to celebrate with a trip to Europe, and I was glad to welcome her to Munich to stay with me for a week!