Naumburg and Erfurt and GERMANY FOOTBALL!
06.08.2012 - 06.10.2012 70 °F
So finally the first weekend in Germany arrived, and it didn't even feel like a weekend! The reason for it not feeling like weekend was different this time though. Everyday here is so chill and fun (just 3 hours of classes everyday :P). We already had the weekend well-planned, with a lasagna party at one of the tutor's place on Friday night, Naumburg trip on Saturday, and Erfurt trip on Sunday.
On Friday, I just hung out in the city with a few friends, ate lunch and enjoyed the beautiful weather. The size of the city and the atmosphere allows me to just stay outside all day without feeling tired. We went to eat a special dessert in the early evening, it's called Kaiserschmarrn. It's basically a HUGE dish, I am not even sure if one can call it dessert because it actually is even more filling than dinner! It's made of fried cookie dough, 2-3 scoops of vanilla icecream with chocolate syrup, and a bunch of fruits. It probably contains more calories than one is allowed to have during the day, but oh-god-damn it was so good! I was so tired by then (and so full) that I just fell like going to sleep. Obviously dinner wasn't required after that dessert, so I just went back home and went to bed early so that I am fresh for the trip next day!
Naumburg is a very old town built on the river Saale and been inhabited since god-knows-when. We took a bus there, which gave me a glimpse of the German countryside for the first time (I slept on the train to Weimar from Frankfurt). This country is very beautifully organized - the green fields are so well maintained, it's almost impossible to find a badly manicured place. The cities are built a good few kilometers apart from each other, and the pollution is very less because of minimal use of automobiles. This makes for a very interesting countryside. The two main attractions in Naumburg were St. Paul and Peter's Cathedral, which was constructed about 800 years ago. The history behind this cathedral is phenomenal and the architecture is even more amazing! It's definitely worth checking out the pictures of this place. Other interesting places included St. Wenceslas Church, Markplatz, etc. Oh, and I had my first authentic waffle in Naumburg! After Naumburg, we headed on to a winery and learned different aspects of Wine making. Wine tasting was also done there by some and of course, the German Riesling won over everything else. Saturday was also the first game of Germany in EURO 2012 and WE WON!!!!! Yes, the moment we stepped into watch the game as soon as we got back in town, Mario Gomez scored the first goal (and the only one of the game), so you can say that we are gonna be lucky for the team!
Sunday was a day trip to Erfurt, which is the capital of Thuringia, which is the state that I am in right now. I had an adventurous trip while going there, since I couldn't make it there with everyone. However, it was a fun experience going there myself with my broken German. Erfurt is another old and historic city. We did a city tour with a local guide and got to know a lot of cool things (this post has been long ah!). My favorite location in Erfurt was the gigantic Marien's Dom and Severi Church, do check out the pictures! We also had some amazing ice-cream here. I had Nutella, which surprisingly I haven't seen back in States!
Enough to type now. I am tired! Cya