rothenburg ob der tauber, bamberg & salzburg: welcome mom & gale!

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!
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bike tour through munich

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!

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the garnetts visit germany

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.
bike trip in the English Garden

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hamburg for ekd kirchentag 2013

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.

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studienfahrt 2013: study trip to lindau am bodensee

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.

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ashley does germany (vol. 2): berlin

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.

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ashley does germany (vol. 1): munich, dachau & nuremberg

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!

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freiburg, colmar, strasbourg & tübingen

On our most recent quest to see more of Germany, we got really ambitious and went to France! Ha. Actually, we rented a car and went westward for 3 days, making a little round trip through Baden-Württemberg (the state next door to Bavaria) and crossing over into the Alsace region of France to see a couple of towns there as well.

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bamberg & erlangen

This post is a bit late in going up on the blog – but the semester ended today – so onward with blogging!
 
The last weekend in January, I traveled up to Bamberg and Erlangen, two really beautiful towns. They both lie in the state of Bavaria, but in a region north from Munich called Franconia. They speak a different dialect there than they do “down here” in Bavaria-proper, and a fun part of traveling around Germany is listening to the accents and dialects of the various regions.

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regensburg

People asked me a lot before I came to Germany where all I wanted to travel – kind of with the assumption that this year would be like one big Euro Trip. But as great as it is to live in Europe and to have access to discount airlines and so many other countries – I really wanted to spend time this year seeing a lot of Germany. Since I’ve been here though, I haven’t taken many opportunities to travel outside of Munich. I have been to the Alps, to Frankfurt for a meeting (though I didn’t see the city), and to Fürth and Nuremberg for a couple of days.

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