OH HI-delberg

Two days ago. I wanted to go on a long hike through the German woods. A week ago I wanted the same thing. A month ago I wanted the same thing as well. Today I finally got my wish.

After we finished breakfast we took off with a goal of seeing three things. First was the Thingstatte. This was a Nazi built amphitheater for their numerous propaganda event. To get there we took off and began hiking to the top of the mountain which Heidelberg is surrounded by. The hike up was amazing. The weather was cool and beautiful so it was very relaxing and just what I had wanted. After about two hours we reached our goal. The Thingstatte was very interesting. It was difficult to think that we were standing in the same place that Joseph Goebbels was spewing his nonsense. Also on the top were a few old churches and a great view of the entire city of Heidelberg.

Once down we took of to check off our second site-seeing destination. The philosopher's walk. The walk was a completion of our hike up the hill. It was worthwhile because in snakes along the side of the valley so you can see the entire city as you walk by.

After was lunch. For me it was a fish sandwich from Nordsee and for Kristen a brie sandwich from Kamps.

Once finished we took off looking for the student prison, our third goal. Back in the early 19th century Heidelberg University had a prison for students who committed such atrocities as yelling while drunk or chasing the townsfolk's pigs AND piglets. While these students were dealing with their sentence, they took time to mark the wall with graffiti. What is left now is a museum of some pretty amazing 20th century artwork. Very worthwhile to see.

Once finished there we had some hazelnut and chocolate ice cream and took a long break to rest our weary legs.

Afterward, we hiked up the other side of the valley to see the schloss gartens once more. Like yesterday it was very beautiful. On the way down we had the luck of finding a slide down the hill. Never before have I been on a two story slide. Now I have.

To cap off the day we had a grocery dinner again. Ingredients as follows:

- 2 cans delicious soup
- 2 yoghurt
- 2 1.5 litre bottles of soda
- 1 Ritter Sport bar

Mix together and have one full belly.

It was a very good dinner to finish a very good day. Tomorrow off to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

See you there!

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Anonymous Kristen said...

And you have to love that we had the Thingstatte all to ourselves! Everyone does the Philosopher's Walk here, only a handful of people make their way to the top of the hill to see the abbey, monastery and Thingstatte. Just added to the experience of the hike to be so alone after having been around so many people constantly in India.

11 June, 2009 01:48  

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