Monthly Archives: June 2010


so nick very successfully updated the blog with all of his german escapades. way to go nick. now it seems like it is my turn to pick up the torch.

ALOT has happened since i last updated. while nick was gone i had the joy of spending time with both my mom and dad. my mom was here for a week and was a fantastic gift to me which nick was gone. she did work from my apartment while i worked, then we ate dinner together and had fun girl time together! my dad came up for a few days as well and not only cooked some awesome food, but also stocked our freezer in the process. we also were able to finally go to terhune orchards and pick some strawberries. it was such a fun time being the “only” child… i love my parents!

i loved having them here, and cant wait to see them again in august!

lots of other fun things have happened as well…

been babysitting for my love, autumn hedges

i was caller #94 on a radio station, yes 94... and won tickets to six flags!

we got to see kris allen. super cool.

attended a true cocktail party courtesy of our neighbors ben and karen

went to see toy story 3 and enjoyed twist with my sweet girls katherine and abigail (who came up for the weekend!)

and my amazing corolla reached 100,000 miles! woohoo!

i am sure there is more i could say but i think that is all for now! much love from the hot jersey summer!

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Posted by on June 27, 2010 in sarah's thoughts


Day 10- Tubingen and Bebenhausen

For our last full day in Germany, we drove to the university town of Tubingen.  It was a really nice city to walk around.  Lots of eclectic and non-touristy stuff, which I guess comes from it being a university town.

Main square in Tubingen

After Tubingen, we drove just a few miles out of town to the small (pop. under 500) village of Bebenhausen to visit a wonderfully preserved Cistercian monastery.

After our visit at the monastery, we had our choice of two restaurants in town.  We chose one of them and picked random things off the German only menu for lunch.  The meal actually turned out very well, but we’re still not exactly sure what my dad ate.  Neither my dad nor I are big beer drinkers, but we figured we couldn’t leave Germany without a little bit, so my dad ordered one and I had a few sips.

After our meal, we drove on to our Stuttgart airport hotel, turned in the rental car and crashed early, packed everything up, and made sure our alarms were set for our flight in the morning.  We even made it home without any major glitches.

Now that I’m home, I’m staying busy, working 35 hours a week at a church, 12 hours a week at the library, and trying to study for ordination exams in August, not to mention spend a little time with Sarah!  It’s going to be a busy summer, but a good one!

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Posted by on June 17, 2010 in nick's thoughts


Day 9-Adelsheim, Rothenburg, More Castles

After spending the night in Heibronn, we got up early to head to Adelsheim, a small town where my great-great-great grandmother was born in 1835.  We met up with some potential relatives in Adelsheim and found that indeed, our relative named Schifferdecker from Adelsheim was related to them as well.  They were very hospitable and helpful and gave us a tour of the town.

This is the church where my great-great-great grandmother was baptized as an infant.

The folks from Adelsheim are sometimes called the goat-warmers by those from neighboring towns. Several hundred years ago, during a cold winter night, a man in Adelsheim felt bad for his goats, and built a fire to keep them warm. He ended up burning down half the town. By now, Adelsheim seems to have embraced the moniker.

My dad and I in front of what may have been where our ancestors lived. Coincidentally, it's also the only picture of the two of us together.

That afternoon, we headed to Rothenberg, a nicely preserved medieval town which now seems to be the biggest tourist trap in all of Germany.  We wandered around the town, climbed the original town walls, and also went to a criminal justice museum.

A lovely looking torture chair from the criminal museum.

The original city wall

On our way back, I really wanted to stop at Burg Weinsberg, which is also known for the story of the faithful wives.  At some point in the middle ages, this castle was taken over by another knight.  He was going to kill all the men, but let the women go and carry out their most prized possessions.  So the women put the men on their backs and carried them safely out.

The castle ruins on top of the hill

Our adventure did not end there, however.  Somehow, we managed to drive up to the castle a back way with no parking.  When we got to the top of a very steep hill, we had no way else to get out.  I didn’t particularly want my dad to back down a very steep, very narrow hill, so I somehow convinced myself that there was enough room to make a 15 point turn.  After several points of the turn, I realized that I mis-estimated either the space, the turning radius of the car, or both.  I had directed my dad in between two stones walls, about six inches from each bumper.  Oh yeah, the car was a manual and we were on a hill.  After about 10 more turns and me trying to hold the car from rolling while my dad worked the clutch, we finally got out of there, more or less unscathed.  Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t do it justice.

We made it back to Heilbronn for the night, had some dinner at a local place, and made plans for the next day, our last full day in Germany.

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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in nick's thoughts


Day 8- Castle Road

From Worms we took the day to drive what is know as the Castle Road.  It’s a series of small roads with a very high proportion of castles along the way.   Here are some of the places we stopped.

First stop, Heidelberg. It's a really neat old castle. There are much better pictures of it online as well. We were dissapointed, however, because we bought a ticket to go inside, but were not allowed in most of the rooms.

We did, however, at least get to see this barrel, which holds 58,100 gallons of your favorite drink

Next, as we were driving, we saw this castel, Burg Schadek, on the side of the hill. We parked down below and hiked up to it. It was great to climb in and around the ruins and go up the tower.

A nice view from the castle. We also walked to the other castle in the distance. Apparently the brothers didn't want to share, so they each built their own.

We also stopped by Mosbach. Although no castles, it was famous, along with a million other German towns, for its half timbered houses.

This is Mosbach's church, which is pretty standard, except for in the Reformation, they couldn't decide whether to be Protestant or Catholic, so they put a wall up and divided the church in two.

Burg Hornberg, nicely framed by the electrical wires.

The next castle had all sorts of birds and falconry demonstrations. It was also close enough to the last castle to see it in the distance.

We finished the day by driving to Heilbronn, a relatively new town by German standards.  Unfortunately, it was completely and utterly destroyed in World War II, so almost the entire city has been rebuilt.  Nonetheless, it served us well as our base for the next couple of days.

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Posted by on June 11, 2010 in nick's thoughts


Day 7- Worms

In Worms we finally got a nasty, rainy day.  But we didn’t let it keep us inside.  We put on our rain jackets and headed out to see what we could find…

Worms Cathedral

Although the building itself was destroyed, this sign near the cathedral marks the spot where Luther stood up to the Emperor at the Diet of Worms in 1521. "Here I Stand"

The best Luther/Reformation monument we saw the whole trip

One of the oldest synagogues in Europe. Although there are no Jews left in Worms, the synagogue is kept open. The police showed up to the synagogue when we were there, apparently investigating a broken window. I don't know that a broken synagogue window necessarily demonstrates anti-Semitism in Germany, but it makes me wonder.

This is a really neat museum in the old city wall. It was dedicated to the national German epic, The Niebelungenlied, which is set partially in Worms. I bought a copy while I was there and have enjoyed it so far.

On the way back to the hotel, it started pouring, so my dad and I took shelter under the eaves of a large church door to wait out the storm.

Thus ends day 7

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Posted by on June 9, 2010 in nick's thoughts


Day 6- Trier

Trier is a fantastic, mainly Roman city.  My dad and I spent the whole day wandering around doing the touristy stuff.

A Roman amphitheater

You could also go underneath the floor and see where they kept the prisoners before and during the fights.

Ruins of a large Roman bath complex

Inside Emperor Constantine's basilica

Trier Cathedral

An original Roman gate to the city. I got Sarah a keychain with a picture of this on it. She was super excited.

Remains of a ceiling painting from Constantine mother's house. They found them under the cathedral, and like a puzzle put all the pieces together.

You can tell it's a Roman town. Our hotel had a model of a famous statue in our room. We saw the real one earlier in the day at a museum.

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Posted by on June 7, 2010 in nick's thoughts


Day 5- The Rhine River Cruise

We woke up early and headed back down to the river to catch our boat for a day on the Rhine River.  It took us about six hours to go from Mainz to Koblenz.  Here are some pictures from along the way…

Our cruise ship

One of many castles along the way

Another castle. If you really like castles, there were lots more. I can send you pictures.

And you thought rednecks only lived the United States. If you look closely, this guy is pulling a camper along the river with his tractor.

In Koblenz, keeping with tradition and to save on a taxi fare, we decided to drag our luggage and walk to the rental car place.  Without too much trouble we found it, and headed to Trier for the night.  Along the way, we got an up close look at the ridiculously steep vineyards.

We got to Trier in the late afternoon, and had the whole next day to look around, so we decided to go out to a nice dinner at a restaurant near our hotel.  Trier is mainly noted as a Ancient Roman city, so the restaurant offered ‘authentic’ Roman food.  Apparently, the chef has done enough research to prepare the cuisine of the Roman empire.  It was a little bit different, but for the most part really good.

Our Roman meals, right down to the drink, which was some kind of white wine and honey mixture

The restaurant was also right in the shadow of the Trier Cathedral, parts of which date all the way back to Constantine

We walked around a little more after dinner, but saved the touristy things for the morning.  Just another day in Germany

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Posted by on June 5, 2010 in nick's thoughts