The Goethe town with flavors of Schiller
06.05.2012 - 06.06.2012 16 °F
So here I am finally in Weimar. It's a very small city about 2.5 hours (or 270 km) north-east of Frankfurt. I got here on train, witnessing some beautiful German countryside during the train. Weimar is a highly cultural city which gives me the true flavor of Germany and Europe as a whole. One would have to spot a running vehicle while in downtown as everyone is just walking thru the beautifully paved streets and occasionally make ways for a vehicle passing by. Bicycle is another popular mode of transportation. Low pollution, lots of walking, and incredible amount of vegetation - the basic requirements for great atmosphere are in abundance over here.
Weimar is very small in terms of industrialization and population. However, it holds a very high cultural value. One of the great poets of Germany, Johann Wolfgang Goethe, lived most of his life here. Numerous things in the town have been dedicated to his name, as one can expect. Some of the other great German names like Friedrich Schiller, Carl August, and Duchess Anna Amalia have been based here among others.
I got in Weimar yesterday, met a ton of new people and had a fun first night. We had a welcome dinner at this beautiful restaurant called Residenz in the old town. After that, some of us went to a couple of bars to have fun. It was a great experience and helped everyone gel together. We were assigned 5 tutors from the Bauhaus University (where our classes are held) and they're extremely nice and fun to be with.
Today was the first day of college and it felt different to attend school after 6 months, not to mention it was in a totally new country. After college our tutors took us to the student cafetaria (Die Mensa), where we would be eating lunch almost every day. After that we did a city tour and learned some history about the city and a lot of things about Goethe and Schiller. It's almost 7 now, and I am about to leave for cell phone shopping and dinner. Looking forward to having a peaceful night with some homework (yeah, sad about it) and getting ready for another long day in the town!