Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Germany Trip

Since I was not able to write while I was in Germany I will write some stuff now, if I can remember. :)
The first part of the trip consisted of a choral competition. It was excellent. The choirs were fantastic. Not only was there a competition, but every night we went to a different town to here a concert given by two of the groups involved in the competition. It was a nice way to see the small towns of the area.
(We stayed in Martkoberdorf which is a quaint place in southern Germany close to Munich.) During the competition we stayed in this house that this family rents out. It was three floors: the family lived on the ground floor, someone else lived on the first floor and we were on the second floor. It was so nice, cheap, and she brought us breakfast every morning!
The later half of the trip was a choral conducting seminar. We conducted portions of music, and teachers would critique our work. It was definitely a learning experience.
Finally at the end of the trip we got to do a little bit of sight-seeing. We went to two different castles Neuschwanstein & Herrenchiemsee built by Crazy King Ludwig II (but he wasn't actually crazy.) The castle at Disney world was based on Neuscwanstein and Herrenchiemsee was patterned after Versailles.
We flew out of Munich and so also got to sight-see a bit there. In Munich we went to the Hofbrauhaus which is basically a huge beer garden!!!
Come back soon and I will have some pictures posted from the trip!
(Jennie, there is a surprise one especially for you!!!)

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