Do the Lokomotion

Trip Start Oct 20, 2010
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Trip End May 03, 2011


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Monday, April 4, 2011

I visited Leipzig as a day trip from Berlin and had many things I wanted to see and do there.

The first place I went upon arrival was over to the Thomasenkirche, the church whose choir Bac curated for the last 27 years of his life. I had hoped to go in to the (almost) attached Bach museum, but of course being a Monday it was shut1 (???) Actually Monday seems to be the day for closures in mainland Europe. Because, well, screw Monday, right? The church itself was impressive, and contained Bach's remains after they were transferred post war when the original church went kablammo (technical term.)

Anyway, that being shut, I wandered off in search of the Stasi museum which was situated in a building called the Runde Ecke. The Stasi were the East German secret police, sort of like the KGB. The building was basically abandoned after the fall of the wall in nearby Berlin and is kept largely intact by the museum. All of the exhibits were solely in German, but there was a very helpful and informative English audioguide which gave lots of information about the methods and tactics the Stasi used in their day to day operations, as well as their equipment and suchlike.

The next and final stop was a wander down to one of Leipzig's many shopping passages, but unfortunately I wasn't after the goods on sale, merely a photo opportunity outside of a restaurant that was featured in Goethe's Faust.

I actually felt quite cultured doing things related to Bach and Goethe. Although I would feel more cultured if I had actually read Faust (I did start rehearsals of the play once, but it fell through, so I don't think that counts...) or listened to Bach regularly, but what can you do?
 
Just a short one this, but felt it deserved its own entry.
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