Sunday: A great day to be in Munster

May 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm 2 comments

Sunday began with an amazing breakfast at the Stadthotel Munster. Great sausage, eggs, cheese, crossaints, and much more. Everything tasted so fresh and delicious. Next Andrea, Laura and I took a stroll around old historic Munster. It was originally built as a walled city, so the old historic downtown in basically built in a giant circle, which makes the roads much more free flowing than traditional linear grid style. Sunday in Munster is great. In the morning you can hear church bells from all directions, and the churches are absolutely massive and beautiful. Walking the cobblestone streets with the amazing architecture and chiming cathedrals was exactly what I imagined Germany to be like, only even more breathtaking.

In the afternoon our full team re-united for a solar powered boat trip along Lake Aasee. We stopped off at an open air living history museum called Muhlehof. This was basically a trip back in time. Old farm houses, blacksmiths, carvers, bread makers, a man curing sausage, a school house, a wind mill, traditional German music and more. This was an awesome experience. I wish the pictures and words could better describe the way it felt to be there. I loved it.

Next we took a little hike to the museum of natural science. This place was great. It was dozens of exhibits showing how science has modeled the natural world. For instance, how flight in an airplane has been modeled after wings from birds, or how the “bones” of tall buildings have in some ways been modeled after human skeletons. Very interesting and well worth the trip. I also got to climb up a model dinosaur (see photo below)!

Next was a boat trip back to town and an afternoon refreshment along the lake shore. It was probably 75 degrees, with blue skies and relentless sun. A beautiful scene for sure!

At that point it was nearing 6pm and our team split back up again to go home with our host families. I have been blessed with an amazing host family, the Rolfes. They are extraordinarily kind and have made me feel right at home. Their home is right on Lake Aasee and it is truly a spectacular. They prepared a traditional German dinner for me of schnitzel, potatoes, and seasonal Munster white asparagus, with a hollandaise sauce. Pretty sure I was in heaven for dinner.

Today we are doing a guided tour of the city, lunch at the university, a tour of the countryside and a castle, and then some more individual time with our host families. Tuesday is our first Rotary presentation and Wednesday/Thursday are full vocational days. Stay tuned.










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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Hilde  |  May 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Hi GSE-Team 5050,

    nice to hear that you are heaving a great time in Münster,where I (Hilde from the German GSE Team 1870) live and work . You mentioned that one of you stays with the family Rolfes and I wondered if that is Bernd Rolfes, who was born in a small village called Bückelte, where I also was born (my family name is Prins).
    We arrived today at the Anacortes Club after 2 days rest on Lopez Island:-) And today it was the first time raining since we arrived.

    Have a great time!

    Greetings Hilde

  • 2. billrobson1  |  May 21, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Sounds like you are off to a great start in Germany. Nice to hear after the horrendous trip over there. Great pictures too. Loving the blog.


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