Germany, Berlin

by Kimp 5. August 2011 06:46
 
 
I've been in some pretty bad places in the world, but Berlin Germany was one of the most somber for me.
 
I really wasn't prepared for the amount of pain it gave me.
 
I stayed in what used to be East Berlin (communist section). Even 20 years after the wall has fallen, it's still a dreary area. Most of the historic sections were on the Communist side and they didn't restore much until after the wall came down. It just laid in ruins for 50 years, like it was after WWII. Even after restoration the signs of massive destruction were still apparent.
 
The Huge Neon Cleveland Indian, Chief Wahoo, on one of the buildings was kind of freaky too. It took me a while to figure out what that symbol meant to the Germans here. You can read about that in the photo captions.
 

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Germany - Workers

by Kimp 3. August 2011 06:21
In Germany there is a white-collar workers union.
 
For a month, I stayed across the street from the Mercedes R&D facility and the place was like a ghost town, because most of the white collar workers in Stuttgart had the whole month of August off, with pay. They get that every year.
 
They have a neat way of striking was well.
 
For instance, the buses and trains might go on strike tomorrow.
When they strike, rather than quit work until the strike talks are over, what they do is only strike during the peak time.
So the buss and train strike will only be from say 6:00 A.M. to 10 A.M. then they will go back to work.
That way their employer loses the profit and still has to pay the employees most of their wages. The employees only lose a few hours of their wages.
 

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BMW - My first

by Kimp 16. June 2011 06:31
 
 
I bought a '97 BMW 316i with the M sport package and only 80k miles (110k KM) on it.
 
It was owned by an old German guy who died and left it, in his will, to his grand-daughter. It's immaculate (show room condition) and she was selling it for about 2K less then it's worth. The original rims still look brand new and she said her grandfather loved this car, so I know it was well cared for and maintained. She was a little emotional and said that car was like part of their family for so long and she hated to sell it.
 
I'm glad her grandfather took such good care of it, but I didn't tell her that it was going to be sitting out in the weather 24/7 and driven in the snow after I bought it.

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Germany, Peaceful Existence

by Kimp 5. June 2011 12:24
 
 
Most villages in Germany have a church on their highest ground.
 
This was a village off of the beaten path. I'm not sure why such a large church was built here, but my best guess is that it was on a trade route that was about 1 days travel by horse from the nearest bigger town, and there were lots of travelers staying nearby.
 
 

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Germany, Zugspitze

by Kimp 5. June 2011 08:38
 
 
The highest mountain in Germany Web Site.

This was a majestic experience.

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Germany, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

by Kimp 5. June 2011 04:29
 
 
In 1936 the winter olympics was held in Garmish-Partenkirchen Web Site.
 
I was at a traditional Bavarian Wedding there.

Bavarians are a lot heavier then most Gerrmans, they like to drink a lot and they like to smile a lot.
I was accompanied by an 80 year old woman who asked if she could sit next to me. She had a good sized beer in her hand and spent the next 20 minutes talking to me (I think she was filling me in on all of the family). She talked so much that I don't even think she noticed that I couldn't speak german and didn't understand a word she said. She was fully capable of carrying on a conversation with herself and laughing to whole time. I just laughed along.
 
Hochzeitsl ader
This Bavarian tradition has an official inviter clad in fancy clothes decorated with ri
bbons and flowers going door to door extending a personal rhyming invitation to the invited guests. Guests accept by pinning one of the ribbons to the Hochzeitsl ader hat and by offering a drink or two at each stop. Should the invited guests be numerous and the Hochzeitsl ader be of the nature to accept the offered drinks he may need a day or two to complete his duties!

During the evening, the bride is "stolen" by either the best man or her friends, who take her to a neighboring bar. When the groom notices (which we hope they do rather quickly!) he has to go find her, and when he does, the groom must pay the bill for the drinks they consumed at the bar. Sometimes, he must also perform "tasks" like naming the ten reasons that he loves her, or kneeling in front of her, etc...

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Germany, Linderhof Palace

by Kimp 5. June 2011 00:18
 
 
King Ludwig I had a hunting cottage here.
Kind Ludwig II turned it into a Palace.

Kind Ludwig II was one of the first figure head kings, and as such, he had a lot of free time on his hands.
He decided that was best spent flaunting his wealth.
 
 

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Germany, Ettal

by Kimp 4. June 2011 04:58

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Monastery in Bavaria, built in the 1300's.

In the 1600's they started making and selling beer to raise money.



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Edelweiss lodge and resort in Garmish Germany

by Kimp 4. June 2011 00:11

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This is a resort for Military and DOD civilians.

The amount paid is based on their military pay grade, so it is affordable for all of our hard working soldiers.

It is staffed mostly by US college students trying to get into the resort business. They get transportation to and from, pay comparable to their position, plus free room and board and use of the facilities. But, they can only work here for 13 months maximum.

For me, it is much much cheaper to stay in a local hotel (which is what I did). When I was here, there was a conference for spouses of deployed military people and the kids were having a blast.

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Germany, Oberammergau

by Kimp 3. June 2011 01:59
 
 
A small Christian Bavarian Town known for the creation of the passion play.
 

A plaque was widely spread when a quarantined person snuck past the guards to spend some time with his family. When it looked like the plague was just about over, the people of the town vowed to put on a play about the life and death of Jesus every 10 years to show thanks and to keep the plague from comming back.

The passion play is presented in this town every 10 years (every year that ends in zero) to keep the plaque away.
 
 

 

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