Our very first field trip!!!
Trip Start Feb 07, 2008
19Trip End May 08, 2008
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We took our first field trip to Cologne, Germany, and I was very excited for this because I haven't been to Germany yet. The bus left campus at 8:15, and it was about an hour bus ride to Cologne. I wanted to stay awake and check out the country side....but it was too tempting to take a snoozer...so I fell asleep until we arrived in Cologne. The plus side of this situation is that it literally took a snap of the fingers and we were in Cologne :) When we arrived, Dr
The first place we visited in Cologne, was the Cologne cathedral. This cathedral took some 600 years to build, and was one of the only things that stayed standing when Cologne was a victim of the attacks of World War II. This cathedral is enormous....and pictures would never do it any justice! You had to stand at least two blocks away from the cathedral to actutally get a full shot of it! We went inside and looked around the church for awhile, and then somebody told us we could climb to the top of the towers. You know what this means....more stairs! There is a very dangerous pattern that we have developed in our climbing adventures, and that is increasing the amount of stairs we climb with each landmark. Number of stairs we climbed in the Cologne Cathedral...509...for a total of climbing 475 feet! For this climb we didn't have our backpacks on as we did in Brugge, but we added another 150 steps! Like always though...the view made the trek up the steps completely worth it! Cologne is a beatiful city not only from the ground, but also from in the air! After getting our fair share of fresh air....because I personally think the air is fresher the higher you go (or maybe that's just me getting mental justification out of climbing 500 steps!)...we made our way back down....and as been before, the descent was much easier then the ascent
I didn't realize the Lindt Chocolate Factory was located in Cologne, but man was I excited when I realized we were going for a visit. When we arrived, we went through the museum portion first, which told us where chocolate come from and how it was made, then we made our way upstairs. Upstairs, they had the actual machines that made the chocolate, and they were in process! It was cool to see how all of the chocolate making was done, and it smelt sooooo good! After wandering through the museum for a while, we decided it was time to buy chocolate of our own so we headed to to the Lindt Chocolate store! I bought a couple of the Lindt truffles...and like everything else...they really do taste better at the Lindt factory. Kelsey and I then wandered over to the restaurant portion of the museum for a piece of Lindt cheesecake. It was strawberry cheesecake, and didn't have any chocolate in it...but still tasted absolutely amazing! After getting our fix of chocolate for the day...we went on to our next museum. We were supposed to visit museum's all day since it was technically a "school-sponsored" field trip...so we decided to abide by some of the rules :)
The next museam we visited was another impressionist museum...similar to the one we visited in Paris. Kelsey has a tendencey of getting yelled at by workers in the establishment that we are visited (think the tourism man in the tourism office from Paris) and this held true at this museum! She and I were looking at a painting and she was pointing someting out to me, and the security guard wasn't having this. He started yelling at her in German...and after this incident we pretty much wanted to leave
After the second museum, we only had about an hour left until the bus left, so we walked down to the walking quarter...and walked :) After seeing the walking quarter, we decided that we deserved at least one beer at the pub for a days hard work of walking...so we went to a pub near the bus station, and had ourselves a German brewski. It was nice to just unwind, and hang out with some of my classmates. After our delicious German beer...it was time to load the bus and head home.
Cologne was a very fun experience, and probably one of the coolest field trips I have been on. I learned many new things on this field trip...and got my fix of Germany for this European vacation! When we arrived back to the dorms...Kels and I got to cross off one more country on our list and we were pretty excited about that! Our trip got the best of us, so when we got home we went down to supper, enjoyed each others company some more, and then went upstairs to relax. It was a great day...a great field trip...and I can only hope that the other two field trips are just as good!
I count my blessing everyday that I was given this opportunity to experience another culture and the lifestyles here, and know I am sooo blessed! I mean come on...who can say that they went on a day trip to Germany...not many people :)