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German Study Abroad 2013

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BC: The most spontaneous thing I have ever done.


2: Welcome to my documented experience of a trip of a lifetime. These stories and pictures explain my trip to Germany as I visited the beautiful cities of Munich and Berlin. The University of Oklahoma's College of Architecture offered this study abroad program for the students of Interior Design to explore the German health culture and design lifestyles while comparing it to the American lifestyle. The class, ID 4970, was taught by professor Hans Peter Wachter, otherwise known as Hepi. Originally being from Germany, he gave us insights and stories that we could not have received from a text book. Being able to explore these places in person and get first hand experience of the culture and German lifestyle was better than any experience any one else could have delivered. Treating us like his own children, seven other girls and myself followed Hepi on a wild goose chase across Germany while soaking up as much information and taking as many pictures as humanly possible. This journal includes my personal experiences, findings, blog entries and overall thoughts on the program and experience. "I want to make memories all over the world." 8 girls. 2 cities. 1 professor. A trip of a lifetime.

3: The Traveler | NAME: Shelby Rodriguez AGE: 21 SCHOOL : The University of Oklahoma YEAR: Junior - Class of 2015 MAJOR: Advertising MINOR: Interior Design Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine. This program was the perfect opportunity for me to explore the world and experience different cultures while applying it to my academic interests.

4: TRAVEL. It leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

5: Table of Contents | “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust | Schloss Nymphenburg Palace : 1 - 6 BMW : 9 - 12 Olympiapark & Tower : 13 Residenz Munchen : 15 & 16 Hofbrauhaus : 17 Garmisch : 19 - 21 Berlin : 23 - 25 Bundestag : 27 - 29 Jewish Memorial : 30 Snow & Shows : 31 Jewish Museum : 32 Berlin Wall : 34 - 37 Contemporary Art Museum : 38 & 39 Nicolai : 40 & 41 Foods : 44 Final Thoughts : 45 - 50 Blogs: 7, 8, 14, 18, 22, 26, 33, 42, 43 Bibliography & Pictures : 51 & 52

6: Schloss Nymphenburg Palace | 1

7: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. SAINT AUGUSTINE | North Gallery | 2

8: Summer Palace | THE GREAT HALL Flora sits on a fountain, while Olympian heaven is pictured across the ceiling. This fresco ceiling art is done in a rococo style and is one of the best large scale interior paintings done in the Bavarian region. | This luxurious summer palace is known for its breathtaking art and lavish furniture pieces. The Great Hall has been untouched since 1758, making it a true rococo original. | Chandelier | Top of a entry way | Ceiling art work | Ceiling art work | 3

9: The beautiful palace was the summer vacation home for the royal family of the Wittelsbach dynasty. This palace has a unique combination of architecture and garden designs. The royal families were involved in the designs, but copied each other's layouts, creating similar floor plans in all palaces. Smaller homes are built around the castle in the gardens for distant relatives and friends to stay. During the summer, parties with up to 5000 people were held to entertain the royal families during the long summer days. Under the rule of Max Emanuel, the palace was built in 1664 by architect, Agostino Barelli. Up into the early 1700s, the palace was improved with new wings and rooms. The Marstallmuseum is where the Bavarian rulers kept their coaches, sleighs and other riding equipment. One major sled that was on display was famously ridden by Max in the the mountains. This sled was beautifully crafted with dedications to Hercules and Hydra. Canals were built to connect the castles. This made day trips to different cities fast and secretive for the royal families to travel. | 4

10: Nymphenburg Palace Luxuries | Lavish coach wheel | Landscape painting of the palace | Decorative wall paper and curtains | Door handle decor | Gallery of Beauties: Ladies of the Court | Decorative clock | Decorative personal table | Lavish wall decor | 5

11: Palace Park | We ended our visit with a beautiful walk through the backyard. People visit to walk, jog, and site see in the spacious park behind the palace. | 6

12: Blog Entry | Day 1 NYMPHENBURG PALACE After breakfast, we took the train across town to the Schloss Nymphenburg Palace and Park. This was one of the many royal castles in Germany, but this was the summer home to the royal family, formally known as the Wittelsbachs. Copying each other's layouts, floor plans, and designs, most of the existing castles look extremely similar. The royal families were very much involved in the architectural plans for these palaces, proving the reason behind their similar designs. While English parks are admired for their natural beauty, French parks are known for their extravagant and dynamic landscape designs. Using symmetrically detailed designs, this park was trimmed to every single last petal, creating a gorgeous design that the public still enjoys today. Smaller homes encase the surrounding land to house distant family members during the long summer days while hosting lavish royal parties. While walking inside the beautiful Italian baroque styled palace, art pieces line the walls along with extravagant paintings on the ceilings to overwhelm you. Canals were dug by hand for the royal family in order to quickly travel from palace to palace via secretive water ways. CHRISTMAS MARKETS After lunch, we visited two Christmas markets. The first one was a traditional German market, but the only themed Christmas market in Munich. The theme was medieval, creating a scene unlike any other. Selling crafts, jewelry, food and of course, gluhwein, the market was filled with crowds of never ending people. Gluhwein is a hot red wine, served in a traditional Christmas mug, and of course this mug was medieval style as well. Tasting assorted nuts and gluhwein, we made our way to another Christmas market located in the courtyard of the Residenz. This market was more traditional and without a theme. German foods filled the air as visitors enjoyed the traditional holiday cheer. | 7

13: It didn't take long for Munich to steal my heart. | View from a Christmas Market in Munich | Nymphenburg Palace Courtyard | 8

14: BMW WORLD | 9

15: Beautiful Designs. | Clean Design & Sustainability. | Hepi loves the Minis | Rolls Royce | 10

16: This small blue car was used as an escape car during the Cold War. The engine was lowered so two people would be able to fold into the back seat while being smuggled across checkpoints. The engine is located in the back of the car, making the front door the only entrance. Incredibly compact design. | Though my major is Advertising and our main focus on the trip was Architecture and Interior Design (my minor), I was still able to appreciate Advertising that is found in every business, especially in the design fields. Seeing classic print ADs of Rolls Royces from over the years was so inspirational, not only for my ID way of thinking but my now advertising way as well. Seeing how both worlds combine in the same atmosphere was motivational and reassuring of my future profession. | Print AD | Rolls Royce | Print ADs | Top View of Museum | 11

17: BMW Museum is modeled after the Guggenheim in New York City. Beginning at the top and working your way down into other sections of the museum, the cars and their design inspirations begin with the Rolls Royce. Working your way through the museum we came across all types of models, their inspirations, design tactics, and final products. The layout of the building and its interior design was breathtaking with incredible lighting that created a space of amazement and awe. The design of the automobiles was incredible of course...but the design and architecture of the building itself was even more amazing. | 12

18: Olympiapark & Tower | Olympiapark was constructed for the 1972 Olympics. A futuristic "green Olympic games" was the idea behind the design, creating a structure unlike any other. Today, the park is used for cultural and social events. The Olympic tower, Olympiaturm, is 291 m high, with a observation platform and Rock 'n' Roll museum at 190 m. The elevator that takes you to the top travels at an amazingly 7 m/s. You feel like you're flying. | Observation Deck | Park Grounds | The view | 13

19: Blog Entry | Day 2 BMW Going to BMW World was an amazing experience. Getting to see the cars, how they are designed, and their creative developments was an eye opener. Not only getting to sit and enjoy the cars, we were able to see their view on green design and energy efficiency. Adding to the German's incredible list of energy efficiencies, these cars not only prove successful green design, but inspire it as well. "Sustainability is not just a goal to be attained, it's a mindset that knows no beginning and no end." In the museum, we walked through the galleries while seeing not only the most amazing cars I have ever laid eyes on, but the most creatively attractive interior design and architecture as well. inspired by New York City's Guggenheim museum, the center of the building circles down with the same structure and visual dynamics. This area displayed Rolls Royce automobiles, creating a space of illusion and mesmerizing design for not only the cars but the building itself. The rest of the museum was constructed as a maze, using different and confusing path ways to enter a variety of rooms ranging from cars on display to their motors and their design processes. The lighting in this building was incredible, displaying cars, light illusions, and wall light projections. My favorite part was the very last room that had a creative display. This room was white and rectangular with a giant display of small white balls hanging form the ceiling by wire. The wires moved to create different shapes and illusions to fuel the imagination with creativity and inspiration. It left a lasting impression. | 14

20: Residenz Munchen | The Residenz was the seat of government and home of the Wittelbach dynasty for four centuries. The palace consists of four different styles because 80 years of building and four centuries of reigning. The styles include 17th Century architecture with a symmetrical four-winged complex of baroque styles, renaissance halls, galleries in rococo, and neoclassical epoch for the king's apartments. This beautiful home was magnificent in ways that one cannot explain. Pictures do not serve justice for the delicate details of gold, red wall paper, and enormous chandeliers that create a home suitable for a royal family. | Antiquarium | 15

21: Ancestral Gallery | Ancestral Gallery | Black Hall (Perspective Room) | Court Garden Room | 16

22: HOFBRAUHAUS | Though this is a typical tourist attraction, it was an atmosphere unlike any other. The oompa music, sausage, beer and cheerful people made a great night with lots of memories. | 17

23: Blog Entry | Day 2 - cont. RESIDENZ MUNCHEN The Residenz Munchen was the home of the Wittlesbachs. Designed and built over a span of 80 years, multiple style are involved in the design of this luxury home. Baroque, neoclassical and rococo are the styles that portray the different spans of time periods and preferences in design according to the different rulers. Touring room by room, we saw bedrooms, studies, party rooms, and private meeting rooms of the royals, showcasing the different styles and their changes throughout the periods. HOFBRAUHUAS We went to eat at the Hofbrauhaus for dinner. The atmosphere was incredible. We grabbed the first large table we could find and everyone order a German sized beer. We toasted to Hepi and had a great time. The food was amazing and Hepi had to tell off the waiters for being rude. He brought out his Bavarian attitude and quickly put them in their place. It was great. After dinner we went to yet another Christmas market for exploring and Gluhwein, I bought a cinnamon roll but German cinnamon rolls are very different. Instead of using cinnamon, they toast poppy seeds with brown sugar and mix in into the roll. It was delicious but very surprising. | 18

24: A Day in the Alps Garmisch | Walking through the town | View of the river and mountains | 19

25: BREATHTAKING CHURCHES | Church Altar | View from the altar | 20

26: Taking a train to Garmisch, we walked around in the frozen town exploring the architecture. Homes have paintings of illusion art and architecture. If the paintings were not architectural, they told a story of the family or history of the building. Yellow, green, and pink colors were used all over the town due to the baroque influence. The Church was beautifully redone with its baroque stylization. The gold on the arches and paintings were added over the centuries with the style changes in architecture. | Street view | Illusion art | 21

27: Blog Entry | Day 3 GARMISCH Taking an hour and a half train ride to the Alps, we saw the beautiful snowy mountains on our way to Garmisch. This town is the place of the highest peak in Germany, having a glacier with 30 different ski slopes. From one side of the mountain is Germany and the other is Austria. In town, the buildings are painted with illusion art, a form of architectural artistry. If buildings do not have these architectural elements, then they tell stories of the home owners or of the location's history. The church we visited was yellow, following the yellow, pink and green baroque stylization of the town. The church's interiors had been redone over the years. This was obvious due to the addition of the gold in the arches and large paintings on the walls. After traveling back to Munich, we were able to rest and explore the city on our own and all the girls went out together later that night. | 22

28: A city with a lot of attitude, Art, and amazing sites. | 23 | BERLIN

29: Arriving at the train station in Berlin Christmas Market Kaiser Wilhelm Church The potato restaurant! Vater Ente | 24

30: This church was designed by the architect, Egon Eierman. During the war, the Russian Kings had the tower added to the church and the people of Berlin wanted to preserve it because of its history. The church was then redesigned into its octagon shape with stained glass and colored bricks, becoming a famous landmark. Inside the original remains of the church, parts were destroyed during the air bombings. The people didn't want to restore the damage in order to keep it as a memorial. Though the Bavarian regions featured painted walls in their churches, the people of Berlin and Prussia preferred mosaics, like the Romans. These mosaics are beautifully detailed with striking features that look as good as paintings. | Kaiser Wilhelm Church | C | Ceiling Mosaics | 25

31: Day 4 BERLIN Waking up early, we caught a train to Berlin the next day. The six hour train ride took us to Berlin on Thursday, December 19th. Upon arriving, we literally dragged our ridiculous amounts of luggage all over the Berlin Train Station. By the time we made it to our final subway, we were exhausted and I'm pretty sure Hepi wanted to throw by "monster suitcase" in the garbage. After checking into the beautiful and modern hotel, we walked down the street to another Christmas market to see the Kaiser Wilheim Church. This church was build by architect, Egon Eierman. Being a famous landmark, the people wanted to save the church's tower and it's history after the war. It was then redesigned into an octagon shape around the already existing tower with stained glass windows covering the large outer walls. While being destroyed in an air bombing, pieces of the mosaics were destroyed inside. Much like the Romans, the Prussians admired mosaic art while the Bavarians admired paintings. After admiring the church, we went to dinner at Kartoffelkeller, a potato restaurant that offers potatoes in every shape and form. I had Grilled chicken, cooked carrots, a radish salad and the biggest potato I have ever seen covered in sour cream. We all slept very well that night. | Blog Entry | 26

32: Deutscher Bundestag | Federal Republic Building of Germany "All state authority is derived from the people." | Front view of the building | Architecture detailing on the terrace | Dome's Light Sculpture | 27

33: The dome is a roof terrace that encases the inside of the parliament's chamber. Visitors can walk up the winding ramp around the light sculpture to the top to discover that the dome is not only made of glass and mirrors, but is completely open. This allows direct and natural lighting into the chamber while also being a unique architectural tourist attraction for the government. The view from the top was breathtaking. | This building is located on ebertstrafze, the street where the Berlin wall once stood. Once the wall was taken down, the government wall was also restored along with the building itself in 1990. The building had been greatly damaged during the war. | Top of the dome | Window blind inspired features for light exposure into the dome | 28

34: This location is where the Berlin Wall once stood behind the government building. This paved pathway marks the exact location of the wall, following it through the city for miles. The plaque says: Berliner Mauer 1961-1989 | In West Germany, this was the only car that could be bought. If you had connections with communists, you could probably get the car in about eight years after being put on the wait list to apply for it. The car was called a trabant car and was made in factories. The government ran everything, giving no one the motivation to work quickly, which is why it took eight years for someone to get the car. The car feels like plastic and is not very durable. | 29

35: The Memorial with concrete blocks is to make the visitor revisit the pain and agony the Jews experienced. As you walk through the maze, you get lost easily and feel as if your are suffocating from the enclosure. The blocks range in different heights and grow taller the further you enter into the maze. The landscape is surprisingly steep and full of hills, making the memorial look as if it travels forever in misery. It was a very moving experience walking through it. Misery, sadness, and eeriness overcome you. | Inside is the information center consisting of stories from survivors, victims, and their Jewish families. Their stories and the Jewish history was almost sickening and the experience was moving and heartbreaking. Reading and listening to the stories was an experience that will never be forgotten. Tearing up in this museum was not out of the ordinary. The ceiling inside was the reflection or the negative print of the concrete blocks that were above. The museum is located underneath the maze of blocks. | Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe | 30

36: Near a Christmas market we stopped by this enormous shopping center where a movie theater was premiering the new release of The Hobbit. Christmas lights and a huge display were bringing in huge crowds where everyone watched a light show featuring a fairy from the movie. The special effects were impressive, especially when we were covered with hundreds of bubbles. We returned to the Christmas market to warm up with Gluhwein, a fire pit, and sledding. | 31

37: Design inspiration is taken from David's Star, with a post modernism style. Deconstructivism design is more fitting for this building. | This museum is located in Berlin. Walking through, you start on the third level and work your way through the exhibit. The museum touches every aspect of Jewish history ranging from customs, tragedies, concentration camps, and religion, creating an experience unlike any other. It can take up to three hours to look at everything the museum offers. | Jewish Museum | This room, "Fallen Leaves", was set aside to honor the lost lives. The cold and ghostly corner is filled with iron faces, representing the murdered souls. It was incredibly creative, but very frightening at the same time. | Staircase and window designs | 32

38: Blog Entry | Day 5 During our first full day at Berlin, we took the city by full force. Checking the weather, Berlin was supposed to be a beautiful high of 46 degrees, but it was an awfully cold and overcast day. DEUTSCHER BUNDESTAG While freezing our way through town, we went to the Budnestag, the home of the German Federal Government. After the wall rebellion, war, and government comeback, the building was restored in 1990 as it is seen today. We were not able to walk through the actual building, but we were able to tour the dome above it. After visiting the dome, we walked by the location of where the wall use to stand on Ebertstrafze until we reached The Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe. This was one of my favorite sites in Berlin, having such an incredible sense of mourning and power in the air that was unforgettable. We walked through the museum, giving us all stomach pains from the detailed documentaries. That didn't stop us from eating a huge lunch of course. The Museum was under the memorial, showing the patterns of the blocks above, thus creating an incredible ceiling plan. Our final museum was the Jewish Museum, which was designed after David's star, creating a post modernism design. Though this may be the case, it seems to be more of a deconstructivism design instead. Inside was amazing. The museum itself was of course interesting and educational but the architecture and interior design of the building was the best part. Having zig zag floor plans and distorted walls and paths, the design was confusing and mysterious, much like the Jewish culture. We ended the long day with stuffing our faces with pizza at an amazing restaurant. Long tables are set up where you share your meals with different people. This is a very German way of having dinner and meeting new people. | 33

39: THE BERLIN WALL | The Berlin wall towered over the city of Berlin and its people from 1961 to 1989. Starting off with barb wire and working its way up to a 10 ft tall wall, this wall separated East and West Berlin for 28 years. East Berlin was occupied by the Soviet Union, while West Berlin was split between the American, British, and French sectors. The People of East Berlin were prisoners in their own country, as they tried to escape the soviets and cross the wall to the West side, many were killed. Passports were given to the citizens of West Berlin in order to prove residency, making it harder for people to illegally cross over. After constant effort to tear down the wall, including the Four Power Agreement of Berlin and the Transit Agreement, the Checkpoint Charlie travelers, and Brandenburg Gate's legendary "Tear down this wall!" the wall was finally opened on November 9, 1989. German reunification was made between East and West Berlin under the Two Plus Four Treaty, giving the people their city back. This wall is legendary, that is why today is still stand in parts of Berlin. So much was torn down after the November 9th due to the aggressive passion people felt across the city. Today it stands as a memorial to always remember the history of Berlin and the artwork to emphasis its remembrance. | 34

40: Berlin Wall's artwork and graffiti | 35

41: Parts of the wall still stand today. Hepi points to a layout of where the wall once stood on that side of the city. Blocks are laid in the grass representing a tunnel that was dug beneath the wall allowing people to escape from the East side to the West during the night. Because the Wall was built directly through the city, apartments would back up to the wall, forcing the government to brick up windows in order to prevent escapees from leaving. Foundations of the original apartment complexes still stand in this park, along with large iron poles that represent the location of the wall. The famous photo of the East Berlin soldier risking his life by jumping the barb wire fence to the West side is legendary and is depicted on a wall in this park. | 36

42: Checkpoint Charlie entrance from the subway system This is the view from a tower in which you can see over the Berlin Wall where the original site was kept in tact, showing the observation towers used by officials. | View from the subway entrance of where Checkpoint Charlie is located. It is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Germany. Standing in front of a section of the wall outside the Wall Museum : Haus AM Checkpoint Charlie Mauer Museum | Inside the museum stories, documents, artifacts, and home videos were shown. The most amazing story was of the man who sneaked his girlfriend across on a train while inside a suitcase! She hid inside the two suitcases for 90 minutes during the train ride without anyone discovering her presence. | 37

43: Gallery entrance | Museum Entrance | Contemporary art display | The Museum of Contemporary Art | 38

44: you know...you know... | To change things up a bit, we visited the Museum of Contemporary Arts. The Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum fur Gegenwart displays art of all kinds ranging from video, sculpture, audio, paintings, and so much more. The expressive art was impressive and at times a little frightening. It was a nice change to appreciate art from all around the world while seeing things in a new light. The building was once a major train station but was converted into a museum in 2000. The architecture of the building was of a stereotypical train station. Converting it into a museum was a clever use of the space. "YOU KNOW...YOU KNOW..." Lyrics that will be forever embedded into our brains by the crazy security guard singing that terrifying song in the gallery. | 39

45: Last day in Berlin | Nicolai Quarter | Christmas Tree | Traditional German Restaurant | 40

46: Nicolai Quarter is the core of Berlin. It is the location where Berlin first began by the joining of the two cities Nicolai and Colln. | Our last Christmas market was the best. Carnival rides, fake snow, gluhwein and cheerful Christmas spirits filled the air. Merry-Go-Rounds and Christmas towers blared music as people gathered in large groups for the holiday festivities. | This location dates back to the early 12th century with New Romanesque styles. The buildings are built up and prefabricated as shown to the right. | Our last restaurant was built in 1270 and held important court meetings. It was a cozy restaurant with church like arches and features that had been preserved over the centuries. | 41

47: Blog Entry | Last days in Berlin Our last few days in Germany were spent in Berlin and spent with incredible museums and sights that were beyond describable. We went to see the Berlin Wall (one of my favorites). Not only seeing the art work, but the memorials that were displayed was an experience unlike any other. Appreciating the art while admiring the history and heart wrenching stories of the wall will be an experience I will never forget. We worked our way to different locations of where the wall was and is still standing, until we reached Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint Charlie was the most well known crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. We visited the Berlin Wall Museum, reading personal experiences with the wall and what people had to do in order to survive. We took train after train to get back to the hotel. We finally arrived just in time for dinner at the biggest and more expensive shopping department store I have ever seen. It could be compared to a New York City sized Neiman Marcus. We had an amazing dinner and were able to do a little shopping. I went suitcase shopping because my monster suitcase was about to burst. We finally arrived at our last day in Germany. Bittersweet - We woke up early, ate breakfast at the usual "zoo" (train station), and took a double decker bust to the Bauhaus Archive. We rested there so Hepi cold have a coffee and a dessert and we had free wifi. (This NEVER happens) When then made our way to the Contemporary Art Museum, which was once the Hamburg Railway Station. This station was the new line from Berlin to Hamburg and only operated for 20 years until the public outgrew it. It was made into a museum in 2000 and is the only New Renaissance styled building left in Berlin today. (The rest were destroyed by air raids during the war) | 42

48: Blog Entry | Last days in Berlin - cont. The artwork was very cool...but very creepy. It was a nice change in things though. The weirdest art piece was probably the large displays of preserved fat. I just didn't understand the reasoning behind it. A security guard kept following me and persisted on telling me to wrap my sweater around my waist instead of carrying it. She was crazy, but not as crazy as the lady singing: "You know...You know..." Ending our day on the other side of Berlin, we visited the original courtyard where Berlin was first established. Nicolai, the oldest quarter of Berlin, dates back to the early 12th century. After our final dinner in Germany, we tried visiting a church but were unable to see it due to construction. Instead, we went straight to the Christmas market to enjoy some after dinner Gluhwein and do some last minute shopping while some of us rode carnival rides. (Hepi loved the rides) It was a great way to end the trip, but the best ending was the train back to the hotel. We were all talking and having a great time, knowing we had quite a few stops till we had to get off the train. Upon reaching about our 5th stop, someone asked, "Hepi, is this our stop?" and Vater Ente was laughing and enjoying himself and happily said no! Seconds later, he took a double take and screams, "THIS IS OUR STOP! GOOO!" We all looked at each other in fear of getting left on the train alone or missing the stop altogether. We all ran off the train screaming and waving our hands! Everyone around us was laughing and screaming with us because we looked so ridiculous. We were all laughing so hard that we were crying. It was definitely the best way to end our last night. We arrived at the hotel and met together for the final time. We discussed our overall experiences and thanked Hepi for all that he did for us. Leaving Germany was sad, but I was happy to return home for Christmas. At the airport I wasn't on the flight list and almost had a heart attack. But that all changed when I brought out my own Bavarian attitude... the situation quickly turned around. | 43

49: FOOD | 44

50: Health & Culture | -When you sit at a restaurant, the table is yours for the night. You eat your meal and enjoy the atmosphere until you are ready to leave. There is never any rush and the waiter doesn’t bring your bill until you ask for it. -Bills are not split up unless asked. The waiter then goes around adding up each person's total at the table. -You have to pay to use bathrooms, depending on the location. Usually paying about 50 cents, you are paying for cleanliness and the access. -Sitting with strangers is normal. Sharing tables with other people is very German. -Walk everywhere. Overweight people are rarely seen. -You see very interesting people in the trains, and the occasional smelly person. -Traveling is easy, as long as you walk fast, watch your time, and don't miss your train. -Eat and walk at the same time? good luck. -People are constantly moving, keeping you quick on your feet. -German people are wonderful at speaking English and helping you in any way they can. -The culture is rich, strong, and full of life. -Taking the stairs uses less time and more energy. The lazy people (usually tourists) take the escalators, but you better stay on the right side because people will be walking past you on the left and they WILL tell you to move over. -Recycling is huge in this country. If you take a water bottle or soda can back to a merchant, they will take it to be recycled and give you up to $25 cents in return. It is a great system. -Restaurants do not offer to-go boxes. You eat all of your food, no wasting. -I now know why people drink more beer in this country: ONE glass of water is 2,50 Euro. We were all very dehydrated by the end of the trip. -You can never eat too many potatoes. | 45

51: DESIGN | German Design is genius. Clean. Green. Modern. The moment you enter Germany you become immediately overwhelmed with design and most importantly sustainability. Seeing how these people take such little steps that make huge changes in inspirational. Working health into their design features is also a huge factor everywhere you look. Something so simple as the Munich sidewalks which were designed for biking and walkers based on textures. Bikers paths are smooth while walkers have a rougher pathway. Simple, creative, healthy, and genius. The US argues that alternative energy sources other than coal is too expensive, but Germany proves that theory wrong with its creative uses of solar energy panels in its designs. Solar panels are seen all over the country by the thousands. The ultra modern, deconstructive, sleek designs the German people build is absolutely beautiful and inspirational. | 46

52: Bauhaus Archive | 47

53: During our last day in Berlin, we visited the Bauhaus Archive. The Bauhaus was a school for all types of art, architecture, interior design, and other art programs all together in one location. The students of the Bauhaus school studied all subjects and had one as their main focus, thus creating the perfectly well-rounded artist. This building was built in 1972 as the archive because the original location in Darmstadt did not work out due to financial reasons. We could not take pictures inside, but the audio tour was phenomenal. Inside, all types of basic art by the students and teachers were displayed. These works of art ranged from color wheels to furniture pieces, architecture to magazine Ads. Ludwig Mies, a famous architect and teacher, believed in complete design freedom and that balance in design should consist of three things: balance between inside and outside, public and private, and balance between architecture and nature. "Achieve the greatest possible effect, with the least possible means." This was a quick visit, but one that I will cherish forever. While walking through this gallery I felt truly inspired. Maybe because of the beautiful projects or maybe because of the Bauhaus' expectations for its students. Either way, seeing the Bauhaus museum and archive was almost a reassurance of my own art and what I want to use my creativity for in the future. Taking Mies' advice, I want to create greatness. | 48

54: HEALTH CARE | 49 | Upon receiving a handout on German health care, Understanding the German Health Care System, so many factors go into what the health care is today. Dating back to the medieval times in Germany, health systems here began as the first universal health care system in the world. Improving in science, engineering, medicine, and finances, Germany has come a long way over the centuries. With issues of money and supplies, even issues with treaties like the Berlin Treaty which expired in 1932, results of direct payments and plant for patients came into action. Focusing on income, investments and the patients directly, health programs became less of an insurance and more of a fund so the people would be able to pay according to their own abilities. Life expectancy in Germany is improving, along with birth rates with the health care improvements. Women's life expectancies are now 81 years and men's are 76 years. This is a great thing, but the German life span is still under Europe's average. Strangely enough, obesity is high in Germany, while smoking and alcohol intake is lower when compared to the rest of Europe. I found this shocking due to all of the thin and fit people I saw while traveling, along with all of the smokers and drinkers as well. There is a difference in pharmacies and drug stores in Germany. A drug store like Walgreens for example, carries cosmetics, creams, pain medicine, and other basic items. If you are looking for medicines for colds such as the flu or worse, you have to visit the pharmacy where harder drugs are sold because they are not affiliated with each other. E health was the most impressive finding in this reading. It shares data and records electronically for patients, doctors and pharmacies, uniting their work for a universal advantage in studies and medical discoveries. The German Health care system continues to grow along with its payment programs and medicine tactics creating a powerful system that might take over the universal health care system like it did once, many centuries ago.

55: GERMAN VOCAB & FACTS Fruhstuck: Breakfast Entschuldigung: Excuse me Bitte: Please Vater Ente: Daddy duck Wren kuken: baby ducks Gluhwein: Hot red wine Lecker: Delicious Traurig: Sad Sehr Kalt: Very cold Vogel: Bird Bavarian state animal is the lion. Berlin animal is the bear. Radler: Light beer with lemonade Cola Weizen: Beer with Cola | 50

56: Bibliography | Outside the Dome on the terrace | Alpha Love at the Olympiaturm | The corner Hitler was found burning | Berlin.de (n.d.). The Berlin Wall. Retrieved January 4, 2014, from Http://www.berlin.de/mauer/indez.en.html Jewish Museum Berlin (n.d.). Museum Map and Brochure Jewish Museum [Brochure]. Berlin. Bayerische Schlossverwaltung. (n.d.). Residenz Munchen [Brochure]. Munchen. Der Beauftragte der Bundesregierung fur Kultur und Medien. (n.d.). Information - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and Information Center [Brochure]. Berlin. German Bundestag, Public Relations Divion - Michael Reinold. (n.d.). Facts - The Bundestag at a glance [Brochure]. Berlin. P. (n.d.) German Bundestag. Deutscher Bundestag. Retrieved January 5, 2014, from htto://www.bundestag.de/htdocs_e/index.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter V. (n.d.). Bavarian Palace Department. Residenz Munchen. Retrieved January 2, 2014, from http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Residenz&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 Hamburger Bahnhof Museum fur Gegenwart Berlin. (n.d.). Nationalgalerie Staatliche Museen Zu Berlin. Retrieved January 3, 2014, from http://www.smb.museum/en/museums-and-institutions/hamburger-bahnhof/home.html Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. (n.d.). Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Retrieved January 7, 2014, from http://www.holocaust-mahnmal.de/en | 51

57: My Favorite Panoramas | Bundestag Terrace | BMW Automobile Display | History of the wall in pictures | BMW Museum Wall Decor | 52

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