This week was the week of traveling. On Thursday we travelled with the entire class to Brno, Czech Republic. It was another early day leaving our residence at 5:45 in the morning. The train ride was only around 2 hours which was really nice. When we first got there we went to the Gregory Mendel Museum, which is what I have been looking forward to for the entire trip.
Gregory Mendel discovered the basis of genetics. We were able to look at pictures of him, books that he had taken notes on (including the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin), and even were able to see his glasses. It was very interesting seeing where the basis of genetics was founded way back in the day and what simple technology that he had to make his discovery. There was also a picture of Watson and Crick, the scientists that discovered the DNA structure. On this picture was their signatures and me being the nerd, I was so excited by this.
Gregory Mendel Statue
The next day, even earlier than the previous day, 8 people from our group took a weekend trip to Munich, Germany. Our train was really nice and comfortable which was a great thing considering it was a 4 hour train ride. On they way there we could see the Alps in the distance, and the view was breathtaking. On our way we passed through Salzberg and Linz in Austria, which are very beautiful cities.
Once we arrived in Munich we went to our favorite chain of hostels, The Wombat. Our room was not ready so we decided to take a free tour of Munich. Our tour guide’s name was Aussie. The tour was 4 hours long, but it was the best tour I had ever been on. He gave us the history of Munich along with showing us different buildings and memorials that we would have never seen before. There were 3 World War II memorials that he showed us, and if I was not told about these I would have easily walked by them.
Most of the buildings and churches in Munich are under 60 years old because most of the city was destroyed during World War II. There were only 4 actual parts of the city that are the original architecture, the rest was rebuilt and made to look older. One of the 4 parts of the city was the Glockenspiel which plays 4 songs and consists of a joust and different dancers. You can see the Glockenspiel show at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvdDTupP2TU&feature=related
That night we went to the Augustiner Keller Biergarten that has their brewery right next to the resturant. This biergarten had mostly locals but everyone was very friendly. People would randomly break out in song and would cheers often, or “Prost” as the Germans say. We ordered a meal that consisted of pork, frankfurts, bratwursts, duck, potatoe dumplings, and red kraut (like sauerkraut).
Augustiner Keller Biergarten
The next day we went to the English Gardens. It was a wonderful 60 degrees and I actually got a little sunburnt. We walked around to by the Chinese Tower. At the Chinese Tower there was a bad playing and you could sit out on picnic tables and enjoy a meal. Farther in the gardens there is a lake where there are tons of geese and swans. We went for a 1/2 hour paddle boat ride which was amazing. It was such a great day, I don’t think any of us wanted to leave. Mary and Mark even did some cartwheels to celebrate the warm weather.
On the paddle boat
Cartwheels for warm weather
Sadly the amazing trip had to end and we had to come back to Vienna. I will be traveling to Venice, Italy tomorrow though, so more pictures and updates to come.
Posted on April 1st, 2009 by Leslie Scheck
Filed under: Leslie Scheck, Vienna