Friday, September 30, 2011

Goodbye Marburg (insert sad face here)

So sadly our time in Marburg had to come to an end at some point, though I would not have minded if it had lasted longer. Marburg was a very fun and cute city, I plan on returning to it again before leaving Germany. Maybe even have a small Fulbright reunion there before we all head back to the States, who knows.


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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Real German Cooking!

So it has been much longer than I would have liked since my last post..... but lack of internet will do that. Hmmm where did we last leave off..... ah yes I had made my post about restaurants and food! Wonderful topic, which is why this post will be about food... but this time about making it.

Mariko and I attended a cooking class that Raphael, our coordinator in Marburg, so graciously setup for us. Only about half the Fulbrighters were in our class, as the other half attended a prior class. We arrived at the place at about 4pm and met our instructor, who incidently did not speak English (which worked out fine for everyone). She was going to teach us to make some classic German food!! Of course minus whatever allergies and food preferences (Vegetarian, Vegan, etc) we had. Brigitte, our cooking instructor, had done quite a bit of work before we even arrived. First off she had decorated the dining room with table clothes, flowers and grapes (both flowers and grapes came from her personal garden)! She had also prepared an appetizer for us all to try before we started working, with some white wine of course... it was a dinner meal after all. Brigitte also made copies of all the recipes that we'd be cooking for every person in the class (which I hope to translate and put for everyone). And lastily she even set up little work stations for us too work at, with all the things we would need and the recipe that we would be making.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Fun with Words #2

Ok here is the next word for our little game:

                           fahren: to drive                                                         Stuhl: Chair       
                           Fahrrad: Bicyle
                           Fahrer: Driver

And this is not the answer

This one is tricky so good luck.

Food and walking

Food! Yes food is good and truly an amazing thing! And not just for sustenance, but for the flavors, textures, and experiences. Food feeds the soul as well as the body. If you can't tell I love food, and have refrained slightly from posting too many pictures about food (Mariko said something crazy about not everyone enjoys pictures of food).

But this entire blog post is about food! So I am sorry, but if you read on it will contain pictures of scrumptious food and locations in which we ate said food. Those who can not handle pictures of such tastiness turn back now! You have been warned!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fun with Words! #1

I have decided to start a little segment on the blog, and it is called (points up) Fun with Words! IT goes like this:
  1. I give you a German word, including the DIRECT translation
  2. You attempt to guess what it actually is (points down to the comments) 
  3. Only rule is no German-Enlish Dictionaries, Google Translate, etc.... (I want it to be fun for everyone)
  4. If you are fairly fluent in German and know exactly what it is, please try not to ruin the game.

And the first word is:

Glüh= Glow     Birne= Pear 


A Univer-city

As our time in Marburg begins to reach its end, I look back and realize that I have not really talk much about the city of Marburg much at all. That just won't do, as it has been our home for just over a month. Now everything I'm writing is my opinion and what I've seen, as I'm sure other Fulbrighters have different opinions and that is just fine.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

History has many sad stories

Being in Germany gives one quite a bit of time to discover the history of a land that had been around for a long time, especially when compared to the USA. Sadly some of the history is not always pleasant.... but it is still something that I think should be viewed and examined. Mariko and I had the opportunity to go to one of the Inner German Border Museums with other Fulbrighters. The museum was in Eichfeld, and it geographically at the center of Germany.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Gut gemacht!

Being as we are in Europe for sometime both Mariko and I wanted to make sure that we are able to visit and experience as much as possible. A group of Fulbrighters had planned to go to Heidelberg for one of the days (Friday) in our long weekend, so naturally we jumped at the chance to join them. I have been to Heidelberg before, during one of my prior trips to Germany.... many, many years ago.

There was 10 of us in the group, which meant that we could get two Schöneswochende tickets and split them for cheapest price!! We left Marburg around 9:30 and had a layover in Frankfurt (all roads lead to Frankfurt!). The nice thing about changing trains, is that you get to stretch your legs and get some food instead of having to be on the train for the entire time. We arrived in Heidelberg around noon-ish and visited the tourist info booth to get all the info we might need.