06.25.2012 - 06.26.2012
Got back from Italy, a bit tired. Very next day, we had a long list of trips to make. So yeah, that wasn't the best thing. But the good part was - NO CLASSES! We start the Monday by visiting a candy and cookie factory outlet store. I initially decided not to buy anything and didn't do so for 10 minutes after I entered the store. But then I started tasting some of the candies and cookies that they had for us, and holy cow I couldn't control myself after that. I ended up buying about 14 euros worth of sweets, thinking I'd take them back home. I haven't consumed them yet, so lets hope they're intact till I get back home. We went to a porcelain company, Kahla AG after this. Kahla is a very popular porcelain manufacturing company in Europe, at par with Corningware from the US. I got to see the production facility and how the work conditions are over here. It was an interesting visit to be honest. Then we had lunch there and a chance to buy something from their factory outlet (again!), but ended up not getting anything.
From Kahla, we headed out to Leuchtenburg. This was a very scenic and beautiful castle on top of a small hill. The foundation here collects porcelain pieces from under the seas, pieces that were lost during the transport of porcelain in previous ages. They've been able to gather a beautiful collection of arts dating back a number of centuries. Leuchtenberg - which means Light Castle, has a huge tower from which one can see the German countryside miles away. It was a very scenic view from the top of this tower. We literally saw a rainstorm approaching the caste, if only we had an hour to spend there we could've seen the storm closing in. But we were getting late so we came back down, and had some of the best cakes that I've ever had in my life in the cafe downstairs. The cafe was overlooking a valley, another great scenery. Unfortunately I didn't bring my camera here, otherwise I would've gotten some fantastic pictures! We headed back after having the cakes and coffee.
Tuesday was nothing special, just usual classes. On Wednesday, we did a trip of the Bauhaus University (that's where we study). It's a very interesting school of architecture, responsible for the modern art style in architecture and interior design. The Bauhaus movement is responsible for some of the modern skyscrapers that we see. It'd be kinda interesting to check it out on Google/Wikipedia if you're interested!