Well then, the first of my 10 weeks is over. Did that really go by that fast? To be honest, it wasn’t the best week. The airline lost my equipment, then it was broken, and I wasn’t able to collect any data. But, so far everything has been salvageable, and I’ll be returning to Stuttgart (hence the 1.0 up top). So that’s good.
You don’t want to hear about the bad things though, so let’s get onto the good (or at least interesting) things! I took a few pictures of the city, and thought that in this post I’d talk about a few of the things in German culture that have thrown me off. So it will be pictures interspersed with a few little stories. Kapeesh?
I’ll start with a picture. Well, 2 actually.
This is a fantastic statue that was just outside the Altes Schloss (old caslte) in Stuttgart. The Altes Schloss is where the Museum was, though not the artifact depot itself. As always, I find myself more fascinated with the animals in the statues than the people. Though I do have to say, the contrast between the bronze and the cement is fun.
Mostly I’ve been walking places, but occasionally I have to bus or take the U Bahn. Bahn is train in German, so the U bahn is essentially the subway, but it spends a lot of time over ground as well as underground. There is also the S Bahn, but I don’t know what the S stands for. I haven’t had to take a bus yet, and frankly I’m kind of hoping I can avoid it. The U Bahn uses tickets, so it’s pretty easy to use. Although, I might be doing it wrong. It’s possible that I’ve been not punching tickets when I should be because I don’t always know where to punch them, or if I should be.
The reason I occasionally can’t walk is because not all artifact depots are near the museums. For example, the Landesmuseum Wurtemburg (which is fantastic by the way) is located in the Altes Schloss; however, they recently were able to move their collection of items that weren’t on display into a warehouse nearby that has temperature and humidity control. Much better for the artifacts, but it means a 20 min+ trip for me. I don’t mind though, as long as I can find my way it’s all good.
And just for good measure, here’s a picture of the Altes Schloss. It’s not the best, but I’ll try to get a better one when I’m there next.
And of course, with the Altes Schloss comes the Neues Schloss.
Across from the Neues Schloss was a mall, but you’d never believe it just looking at the place.
Seriously guys! That’s a 4 story mall! With a food court and all!
Most of my trip was spent either visiting the museum, it’s depot, or in my room. I did not know this ahead of time, but the week I chose to visit was during a Folks Fest, or as some were calling it, the beer fest. The woman at reception kept trying to convince me to go, but I didn’t really know how to explain to her that I liked neither beer nor large crowds of people (let alone large crowds of drunk people). That meant, however, that most places were booked. I’m not sure I would have booked the place I was in, and to be honest, I’m not sure I’ll go back there. The staff was fantastic, but the room just didn’t do it for me. Beyond having a shared bathroom, which was mostly ok except there were too many people sharing it and it was right next to my room, I didn’t particularly care for the sink in my room. It was right at the head of the bed. Don’t believe me?
Yep. That is a sink at the head of the bed. That is the vision I woke up to every morning. There was a desk in the room, but given the way everything was laid out, I had to place my luggage there and couldn’t really use it as a desk. This meant that I spent a bit of time sitting on the bed working on the computer. Not quite as comfortable as you might imagine.
I have at least one day off in each city, and for the most part that day will be taken to visit the museum and work on other things (like these blog posts and laundry), but in Stuttgart I had 2 days off. For my second day off I did some work, but I also walked to the top of the hill to try to go to a tea house. Sadly it was closed due to “bad weather” – which in this case means a bit of rain in the morning that was cleared up by the time I headed out. But I did get some amazing views of the city. I think that I’ll leave this post with some of those pictures I took. I’ll be back next week to tell you all about Munich! Tschüss!
Oh! One last thing! Don’t forget you can get a postcard from me while I travel as part of my From Europe, With Love project if you sign up before December 1st. Click here for more details (you do need to view the post in a web browser to do so). I’ll be writing my first ones tomorrow!!
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