Schleswig & the Moorleichen!

A week ago I got to visit the museum in Schleswig which was originally a castle named Schloß Gottorf . I don't have many pictures from my visit because I wasn't really allowed to take pictures. However I grabbed some images from Google, so you could see:

Inside the museum was a lovely exhibit on the Moorleichen, which are the people that they have found in the surrounding areas that are pretty well preserved because of the moor. You will have to look them up, if you want to see some dead people. It was really interesting because the discovery of these people has allowed researchers a glimpse at what people wore and ate, etc. It is also interesting to speculate how the people died...some were murdered or possibly sacrificed, or died from more natural means.

The museum also houses one of the very first Viking ships. It was found in a moor as well, and was also preserved because of that. The boat was obviously fairly primitive, and yet the Vikings used it to traverse the Atlantic Ocean. Pretty amazing stuff...

Molfsee

A few weekends ago my host parents took me to a cute little village named Molfsee. It is a place where they take old historic homes and relocate them there so they can preserve them for future generations. The weather was good that day, and they had a market type thing where you could by local things of all types...like home-made knit wool socks, or baskets and produce. They were also selling livestock like chickens, goats, donkeys, etc. They had little baby goats and donkeys and they were quite adorable.
 

Glücksburg

Glücksburg

Last week my host parents took me to Schloß Glücksburg which is a famous "water castle" in the region. I believe it is one of two in all of Germany. It was home to many royals and important people. I did not get many pictures of the inside because it was not allowed, but the castle had 4 floors (I think), a private chapel, and a dungeon complete with torture chamber!! My host mom and I got a "private tour" and learned some very interesting facts about the castle. One of which was that the servants were forced to learn to play instruments like the piano and violin so that they could provide entertainment when the family had parties, etc. 

The castle, surrounded by water on three sides

The castle, surrounded by water on three sides

front view

front view

private chapel

private chapel

the dome like ceiling was characteristic of the time period. a type of cheese, calk and egg white were used to make it!

the dome like ceiling was characteristic of the time period. a type of cheese, calk and egg white were used to make it!

Lübeck

Last week I also visited the town of Lübeck. It is a very historic town, one of few that remained intact after WWII. There I visited a marzipan museum, where everything was made of marzipan! Apparently they are famous for it. It was a very beautiful city and I took tons of pictures. While we were there, a Harley-Davidson convention was being held so there were thousands of bikers and motorcycles everywhere! I want to live in an old city with old buildings and history!!

T-minus two weeks until departure 0.0

T-minus two weeks until departure 0.0

I just decided to make this blog, and I leave in two weeks....

This is kind of more for myself and anyone who might be interested!

I have a suitcase packed, and it basically contains all my winter stuff. I have most of my other stuff laid out, but just haven't packed it yet for obvious reasons. I have all the required paperwork that I need and I only have three days left at my job 0.0

I just got home from lifeguard games and ice cream with Stephanie. I really am going to miss people I work with :( You guys have been like family to me over the past two seasons, but I know I will keep in touch and see you when I get back...and if you happen to find yourself in Germany, hit me up ;)

My host families look like awesome people and I can't wait to meet them!

Before that happens I will be spending some time in Reno and hopefully Tahoe for a few days, and then I come back to Vegas for LADY GAGA!!!! (Who could ask for a better send off?!)

Im trying not to dwell on the depressing stuff, but I am nervous and anxious in addition to excited. I have been waiting for this for soooo long I can't believe it is almost here! I want to spend my last two weeks with the people I love, and of course my beloved pets haha.

Hopefully I will update this blog on the regular because you know...thats the idea...but we shall see :)

LOVE&PEACE!