Good-Bye & Thank You Gelsenkirchen!

June 3, 2012 at 1:21 am 1 comment

Saw no castles here in Gelsenkirchen-Buer (although I did hear that a couple of spectacular large mansion houses nearby). Instead of relics of a by-gone era, this area is abundantly populated with remnants of the coal mining industry and factories long defunct and with people, lots of people. The diversity of languages I heard while frequenting markets and shopping areas hearkens back to B.C. When I think of Gelsenkirchen in the future, I will think of the people. Our Rotary hosts welcomed us into their homes and lives with enthusiasm. I appreciated the conversations (and meals that were not only delicious but also a treat to the eyes) at Peter and Carmen Pohl’s home. They were gracious, involved, interested, and interesting hosts. They have heart and enthusiasm for both Rotary and for meeting new people and learning about what interests us in our lives and professions.

The Rotary Club of Gelsenkirchen-Mitte provided us with a diverse and interesting program. With Arndt and Susannah Kempkens we hustled our bustles up and down a coalmining tip by bike, learning all about the region’s history and people. Thanks to Thomas Gill’s organization and his Rotary Club’s assistance, we visited various business enterprises that enlightened us while stimulating a desire to learn more about the challenges facing not only Germany but also the global economy.  And we all had meaningful and interesting vocational experiences. Visiting museums and open air free community concerts, markets, and churches provided us with a sense of the people and of what is important to them.

Vielen Dank Gelsenkirchen-Buer!

A bird’s eye view of Gelsenkirchen


Entry filed under: Team Blog.

Gelsenkirchen MediaDesign Hochschule, Dusseldorf

1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. billrobson1  |  June 3, 2012 at 7:32 am

    DG Rainer mentioned the story about you all going down the coal mine and how Marie’s face was all covered in coal dust when she re-surfaced. What’s next, I wonder.


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