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Mr. & Mrs Annhig go east - to eastern Germany that is.

Mr. & Mrs Annhig go east - to eastern Germany that is.

Oct 12th, 2011, 11:58 AM
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Yes, Ingo is a *real* name, not overly popular anymore but it was back in the 60s/70s >>

I'd guessed you were a bit of a youngster, Ingo. I'm a bit relieved it wasn't you, actually, I'd have been very disappointed to realise that we'd missed an opportunity to meet!

and thanks for the explanation of "Aula" - I don't think that I'd have guessed its exact meaning and Langenscheidt's has it as an assembly hall in a school or hall.

healthy desserts? not many, but the french tradition of a compote and yoghurt or fresh cheese is probably less unhealthy than most german [and english1] desserts.
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Oct 13th, 2011, 11:33 PM
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Well, of course we missed an opportunity to meet in Dresden!

Re: desserts - at home we Germans mostly have exactly that sort of less unhealthy compote (home made, of course).

Hope you continue the trip report!

I.
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Oct 14th, 2011, 10:05 AM
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sorry to have missed you Ingo - perhaps next time!

more of the TR coming up soon i hope.
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Feb 7th, 2012, 08:45 AM
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Is Oct 14 the last installment, or am I lost?
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Feb 7th, 2012, 10:15 AM
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sory ladydian, i got stuck. At the moment we're in a bit of a cuffufle - builders, son going AWOL, daughter off on travels, but as soon as i get time, I'll some back to it, i promise.
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Feb 7th, 2012, 01:32 PM
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Hi annhig, hope alls well.........nothing worse than being in a 'cuffufle'. ;-)
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Feb 8th, 2012, 01:34 PM
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thanks, aussie - nothing drastic, just "life"!
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May 8th, 2012, 03:57 PM
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I've really enjoyed this report, Annhig. I'd been planning on returning to east Germany but got sidetracked into going to Spain for two years. Now I'm back to daydreaming about east Germany again, though not for about a year.

I'd wanted to attend another Goethe Institute and do day trips, but now I think it will just be a regular three-week stay in various east German cities and towns.
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May 9th, 2012, 06:52 AM
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Thanks, Peg.

Sorry i didn't finish it, but i hope you got the idea that we enjoyed our visit very much, and would like to go back and spend more time there.
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Jun 8th, 2012, 06:54 PM
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I love your reports, Ann. Just stumbling on this one now. I hope your family are all doing well.
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Jun 9th, 2012, 12:01 AM
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hi stoke,

nice to hear from you too, and likewise.

shame I never got round to finishing this report - who knows, I may manage it one day.
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Jun 9th, 2012, 03:17 AM
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Very interesting reading Annhig - I have never been to the east of Germany - but a couple of times to the west. It makes me want to visit one day.

Thanks for your trip report.
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Jun 9th, 2012, 05:05 AM
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thanks for your thanks, Anna.

I've never not enjoyed going to Germany [does that make sense?] and wish I had time to go more. i find that it is surprisingly different to England, but there are sufficient similarities not for it to feel too foreign, plus there is so much of it!
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Nov 2nd, 2014, 02:58 AM
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I came back to this in order to top it for OC's "benefit" and find to my shame that I never finished it. how remiss of me. As we are presently planning a return exchange to Naumburg next summer I feel duty bound to get to the end, albeit not in the detail of the above posts.

Our visit in 2012 co-incided with a celebration of the "Naumburgermeister" being the cathedral stonemason/s who worked their way across Europe in the middle ages making their mark on the numerous cathedrals built in that period. So our morning was taken up with a guided tour of the Naumburg Cathedral and the town, after which we had the afternoon at leisure to explore the rest of the city [interesting but no more than that, unless you have an overwhelming desire to visit the museum dedicated to Nietzsche] followed by a wonderful farewell dinner.

The next day, after saying a sad farewell to our lovely hosts we set off for Dresden where we were due to spend a night before heading back to Berlin and home. En route we had hoped to find the Bastei but somehow got caught up in a traffic jam [it was a national holiday being the anniversary of the Wende] so we ended up at the Königstein, which having just missed the bus that takes people up to the top from the town at the bottom, we walked up. Phew - that was hard work, but fortunately there was a bar/gaststätte at the top so we were able to refresh ourselves with suitable refreshment and food.

After a wander round the top we took the bus down [2 buses actually, you have to change at the huge carpark they have built to take visitors' cars] and turned in the direction of Dresden, where we were staying here: http://www.hotel-martha-dresden.de/

Another great suggestion by Ingo, it's the "wrong" side of the river but was great for an overnight stop as it meant that we didn't have to drive into the centre and there was free parking nearby, albeit on a bit of a bomb site so we left absolutely nothing in the car. We had a lovely room and a great breakfast for about €100 and I would certainly consider staying there again.

We had the rest of the day [and night] and a couple of hours the next day to explore Dresden and we made the most of it; my only regret is that we didn't manage to fit in a river trip. Really 2 nights would be a minimum here, and I begin to understand why Ingo is such a fan of the city - 2 weeks would not be enough to see all that there is in the area.

Needless to say I am really looking forward to our next visit in June '15 though it will have to be pretty special to be as good as our first.
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Nov 2nd, 2014, 06:32 AM
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Thanks for this, annhig. I'm fascinated by the stories of the cathedrals that took hundreds of years to build.
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Nov 2nd, 2014, 06:45 AM
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Thanks Ann.

You certainly assured me that we will make it back and maybe even finish a trip report also. Having read John Le Carre and others on the subject for so many years, I cannot get rid of my fear of the Stasi. -

I have noted the university which looks readable in Leipzig and the cabaret we probably should watch even if my few words of German will not make my translations to the family very popular with eavesdropping Germans since I love making things up.
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Nov 2nd, 2014, 06:45 AM
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I'm sorry that that you were short-changed with that part of my TR, TD.

The website is still available, but the english site is sadly lacking in detail:

http://naumburgermeister.eu/index.php?id=252&L=1

but here are some pretty pictures:

http://www.google.co.uk/images?clien...w&ved=0CCUQsAQ

if you are interested in the building of medieval cathedrals, then you might like William Golding's "The Spire". It's fiction, of course, but quite compelling.
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Nov 6th, 2014, 01:36 AM
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Hi Ann....currently in Beijing .....stumbled across this. I wonder if I have to wait for a planned return to Aus' for you to finish that TR?? �� (sarcasm intended)
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Nov 6th, 2014, 06:36 AM
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Beijing, hey? sounds fun - i think. my DD went there a few years ago, and the main impression I have from her is the smog! I hope that the air quality isn't too bad.

I am trying, but life keeps intervening. also, I'm wondering if there's something freudian going on - I've got to describe our days at the Test Match next!
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Nov 9th, 2014, 04:09 PM
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Oh Ann, you can do it

Beijing was wonderful, we unknowingly booked the same week as the APEC summit. Which was actually a godsend, as the government in their wisdom closed all the factories for 6 days. We were therefore blessed with clear blue skies for all but one day, when it was overcast.
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