Experience of a Life Time

Trip Start May 10, 2010
Trip End May 23, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Thursday, May 20, 2010

It's after midnight & I should go to bed. We need to be up early, check out is at 9 a.m. Today was an experience of a lifetime. It moved me to tears. I am so happy that Di and I decided to come to Oberammergau. Where do I begin. The play started at 2.30 p.m. this afternoon full house and I'm told that the auditorium holds 4000+ people. The cast of the play is made up of only residents of this little village and you have to be either born here or resident for 20 years to be able to take part.The production is on from May to October. We have just attended show number 4 as it started on the 15Th of May. There was the afternoon session and then we went back in the evening for the second half. Theater is open to the front and I believe that on clear day that you would actually see the mountains behind the stage. There are so many things that I could tell you about what went on in the play that I don't quite know where to start. The production although it had a large cast was directed so well. There was a live orchestra that accompanied the 48 person choir. Some of the soloists in the choir sang as if they could be classically trained singers their singing was so moving. It is  called a Passion Play because it tells the story of the Passion, Death & Resurrection of Jesus life . They even had live animals on stage from a donkey to sheep and goats (who pooped on the stage) to a horse and two camels. It was very cold in the auditorium and we all had to layer on clothing . The hotel and other places rented blankets and cushions for you to use during the play. It rained during the production so part of the stage got wet as there is only partial cover for the actors. We have met people who have attended the play before . It is staged here every ten years and they estimate that they will have approximately half a million visitors by the time it ends in October. I'm glad we came at the beginning as by October I'm sure there will be a lot of frayed nerves around here. Working in the tourism industry helps me understand how things will be come summer time. One of our waiters is even part of the cast. You can tell who is participating because the men grow their hair long on their head as well as face to look like they come from a long time ago. The production is all spoken in German but they have it translated for us English only speakers to follow in the program. when we were planning this trip people would ask if we understood German we don't. Then the next question would be why go, my answer to a silly question like that is WHY NOT! I'm so glad to have a friend who also says WHY NOT!

So I'll leave you with this quote for today -

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter - Isaak Walton
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