On Saturday, I went to Lake Constance, which touches the shores of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. I took a tour of the city of Konstanz, climbed to the top of the cathedral, and then rode the ferry across the lake to Meersburg. Konstanz prides itself on its old buildings, some of which have been there since the Middle Ages. The town is on the border of Switzerland so Konstanz kept its lights on at night during WWII to fool the Allied forces’ into thinking they were a part of Switzerland so they were not bombed.
On Sunday, I tried out a different church. I didn’t understand much of the sermon, but another student from my university invited me back to her apartment and made me lunch. I got to know her pretty well. Although she is little bit older than me, we seem to have a lot in common. I mentioned that I have missed playing my guitar here so she is letting me borrow her old acoustic!
This week has mostly been orientation stuff, but I finally got my class schedule for the semester today and I start my classes tomorrow. I have the option to take 3 classes in English and the other 7 will be in German. This is going to be a hard semester academically so my goal is just to pass my exams in January and to find an internship for the spring.
Lake Constance (Bodensee)
Konstanz’s city gate
Statue of Friedrich II
This Imperia statue sits at the entrance of Konstanz’s harbor and commemorates the Council of Constance, which took place from 1414-1418.
The Imperia is actually a prostitute, representing the over 700 registered prostitutes who came to the city during the years of the Council. She holds a bishop in her right hand and a nobleman in her left, satirically representing the subtle power prostitutes had over both the religious leaders and the nobility. The statue went up during the night in 1993 because it caused controversy in the town.
This building used to be a brothel. It was built near the cathedral so the bishops did not have to roam through the city at night to get to a brothel.
We had to climb up this rickety, wooden set of stairs to get to the top.
View of Constance from the top of the cathedral.
The cathedral’s doors were so intricate with many wooden carvings like this one.
Michelle and Maggie in front of the Italian restaurant we ate at in Meersburg
The Bodensee Wine Festival was going on the day we were there. We didn’t have enough time to go in, but we could still enjoy the live music from the outskirts.
All of the kids thought this animated bear was pretty exciting. It could blow bubbles on its own.
Maggie and Michelle