FC: Camp Adventure 2010 | Ramstein, Germany
1: Part I: On Base Experiences Part II: Cultural Experiences
2: Part I: On Base Experiences
3: Date: September 15, 2010 Who: Me and Katie Epstein Description: Standing outside of the CDC after our second day of training Reflection: Training was a rough experience because the trainer did not know when we were coming and she was not very organized.
4: Date: October 10, 2010 Description: Building 850- My home in Ramsetin Reflection: This four room apartment is big enough for six girls, but i still wish I had my own room. I am a light sleeper and the walls are paper thin. We also learned that out blinds are virtually see through from some guys across the street, needless to say sheets acted as wonderful curtains!
5: Date: October 12, 2010 Who: Me, Ashley Cayford, Katie Epstein and Maria Saucedo Description: Birthday Dinner Reflection: We went to Macaroni Grill on base for Ashley's 24th birthday dinner. It was a nice chance to bond over a meal together, and everyone enjoyed not needing to cook for a night! I especially liked the Itlaian lessons played over the intercom in the bathroom.
6: Date: October 15, 2010 Who: Top- Me and Truitt, Bottom- Colton, Tyrell and Tyler Description: Group 2 Reflection: These are some of my favorite kids in group two. All of them are full of spunk and love to play. Group 2 is my favorite room in the CDC.
7: Date: October 18, 2010 Who: Left- Me and Arianna, Right- Me and Dakota Description: Room 1 Reflection: Room 1 is a crazy room, due to the spirited nature of many of the children in it. Arianna, for example, is notorious for running around the room and giggling during nap time. Dakota is always wearing some funky outfit (which usually includes a dress or skirt of some sort). Needless to say, the kids in this room keep me on my toes at all times!
8: Date: October 16, 2010 Who: Me, Maria Saucedo and Katie Epstein Description: USO Tour Reflection: This trip to the Black Forrest, including the tallest waterfall in Germany was the only USO tour I participated in. it was organized through the base and very different traveling with other military families.
9: Date: October 20, 2010 Who: Me, Ashley Cayford, Katie Epstein and Maria Saucedo Description: Cinnabon Reflection: Cinnabon was a favorite snack to have either before a movie or on break during the week.
10: Date: October 20, 2010 Who: Ashley Cayford, Me, Maria Saucedo and Katie Epstein Description: Movie Time Reflection: Movies on base were about one of the only fun things to do throughout the week, and really cheap. At only 5 dollars a piece and cheap soda and popcorn, I frequented the theater at least twice a month. One difference is that the theater on base plays the National Anthem before each showing.
11: Date: October 21, 2010 Who: Spencer Description: Centers/ Interest Areas Reflection: Centers are where the children spend most of their time throughout the day and include blocks, library, science, writing, art and drama. Spencer is modeling the oh so popular dragon costume found in the drama center.
12: Date: October 27, 2010 Description: Room 2 Science Board Reflection: This is the science board that I created for Room 2. The board features pictures of the kids doing experiments dealing with texture and scent.
13: Date: October 29, 2010 Description: Curl up by the Fire Reflection: This is the paper fire that I created for Room 2's Camping week. I really enjoy making things for the different rooms to help create a themed atmosphere.
14: Date: October 30, 2010 Who: Me Description: Halloween Reflection: I decided to be a Peacock for Halloween this year. Maria invited a friend from the CDC who helped with my make up. I think we spent 5 hours in our room just getting ready to go dancing that night!
15: Date: November 4, 2010 Description: Practical Jokes Reflection: My poor teddy bear was hung from my ceiling as a practical joke, busing my own cell phone cord nonetheless! We have to come up with interesting ways to keep ourselves entertained after work!
16: Date: November 4, 2010 Who: Me Description: Harley Davidson Reflection: My father is crazy about Harley Davidson and there happens to be a store at the mall on base. I was supposed to get him a shirt from every country I visited, but so far this is the only place I have found since I have been here who actually sells this apparel!
17: Date: November 5, 2010 Who: Jasmine Description: Kinder Bahn Reflection: I came up with the name for this week's themed artwork. Transportation was the theme and the kids in Room 3 made the cars and airplanes to be hung on the wall.
18: Date: November 5, 2010 Who: Colten Description: You Can't Catch Me! Reflection: I always knew Colton was around from the poke at my leg and the works "You Can't Catch Me!" that he would scream as he ran away. He would let me rest sometimes, and just hold my hand and lead me around the playground instead.
19: Date: November 5, 2010 Who: Me, Colton, Truitt and Gwen Description: To Infinity and Beyond! Reflection: The rocket ship sandbox is a favorite for the kids on the playground. Jumping off of the side like a favorite movie or T.V. character is a popular occurrence as well.
20: Date: November 13, 2010 Who: Me, Maria Saucedo, Lacey Logan and Liz Lapic Decription: Fit to Fight Reflection: I did not start to go a work out until the last month I was at Ramstein. There are two gyms on base, and these pictures were taken at the older gym. It was nice to exercise and then sit in the sauna after work!
21: Date: November 16th, 2010 Who: Grace and Joshua Description: Room 3 Displays Reflection: While scheduled in Room 3 for two weeks, I decided to do some sprucing up. These are pictures of two of my best helpers and some of the displays I finished while working in the room.
22: Date: November 30, 2010 Who: Lacey Logan, Ashley Cayford and Liz Lapic Description: Home Sweet Home Reflection: This is a picture of our living room. The decorations have accumulated from all of the birthdays we have had throughout the semester. We kept up the decorations in order to make the place more festive and to give the room some color.
23: Date: November 30, 2010 Description: My Bedroom Reflection: Here are some photos of my bedroom in Ramstein. I tried to make the room more homey by adding photos to the wall and hanging up postcards from all of the cities we visited. I would also hang up the art work that children from the CDC gave me.
24: Part II: Cultural Experiences
30: Strasbourg, France
32: Date: September 18, 2010 Who: Me Description: Outside of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Strasbourg, France. Reflection: I was able to eat lunch outside of this beautiful cathedral, and so excited to go to France my first weekend. The city was just the right size to visit on a day trip.
33: Date: September 18, 2010 Description: Strasbourg's historic La Petite France neighborhood is a serene collection of cobblestone roads, fine restaurants and medieval buildings. Reflection: This was a very beautiful part of town. I was pleased to see in the architecture both the French and German influences in the houses of this Franco-German town.
34: Date: September 18, 2010 Description: Eating in France Reflection: I was able to try Crepes Royal (Chicken, eggs, cheese and bacon) as well as duck and pomme frites (French fries) while dining in Strasbourg. I even had the opportunity to utilize my French speaking skills ordering!
36: Bad Dürkheim, Germany
37: Date: September 19, 2010 Who: Katie Epstein, Maria Saucedo, Me, Liz Lapic and Lacey Logan Description: Waiting for the train to Bad Dürkheim. Reflection: This was our first outing with all of the Camp A interns. Everyone was excited to go on the train together, and enjoy a beautiful Sunday. Bad Dürkheim hosts a wonderful wine festival every year, with crowds that could compete with Oktoberfest.
38: Date: September 19, 2010 Who: Katie Epstein, Maria Saucedo, Me, Liz Lapic and Lacey Logan Description: Bad Dürkheim Wine Festival Reflection: This was such a great outing together, because everyone was able to use the train, and we were all so full of excitement to learn about the new German culture we had just become a part of.
39: Date: September 19, 2010 Who: Maria Saucedo and Me Description: In the Bungee Ball Reflection: While the wine was good and the music great, I had the best time trying the Bungee Ball ride with Maria. You could see the entire festival and the beautiful German landscape from way up high. I think I giggled the entire time!
42: Munich, Germany
44: Date: September 25, 2010 Who: Me, Liz Lapic and Ashley Cayford Description: Oktobefest Crowds Reflection: This was the 200th annual Oktoberfest, so the entire grounds were packed, I started to get seasick from all of the swaying and rain splashing my face!
47: Paris, France
49: Date: October 1, 2010 Who: Me Description: Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France Reflection: This was my third time to France and third time to Notre-Dame, but it never fails to impress me. In fact I feel that the best view of Paris is from the top of this Gothic Church.
50: Date: October 1, 2010 Who: Ashley Cayford, Katie Epstein, Maria Saucedo, Me, Lacey Logan and Liz Lapic Description: St. Michel Statue Reflection: This was one of the first places we visited after getting settled at our hostel. This statue is located in the Latin quarter of Paris and is a popular gathering place for teens on the weekends.
51: Date: October 1, 2010 Description: Eiffel Tower at Night from La Seine Reflection: This is probably my favorite picture that I took my whole time in Paris. I feel that it reflects the impressionistic art that France was famous for and looks almost like a painting itself.
52: Date: October 2, 2010 Who: Me and a bunch of bones Description: Paris Catacombs Reflection: I was super excited to finally get to see the catacombs in Paris, the other two times I was in Paris they were closed. We had to get up early to be first in line and then toured part of this massive grave. The catacombs used to be rock quarries and were turned into mass graves in 1786 due to the overflowing bodies of the unwealthy in the Paris cemeteries.
53: Date: October 2, 2010 Description: French Quiche Lorraine Reflection: This was the best quiche I have had in my life. I found it at a bakery that was on a little side street near the Eiffel tower. Quiche Lorraine includes egg, cheese and bacon. I also had a delectable chocolate éclair, but I ate it all before I remembered to take a picture!
55: Dresden, Germany
56: Date: October 9, 2010 Who: Me Description: Semper Oper in Dresden, Germany Reflection: I was so happy that we had a chance to stop in Dresden because I had heard of it baroque charm. I was also happy to come because of the importance of the city to many influential German composers. In fact, Richard Wager premiered three of his early opera at the Semper Oper in Dresden
57: Date: October 9, 2010 Description: Fürstenzug Reflection: this a large mural depicting the procession of the princes of Saxony, made out of 25,000 Meissner porcelain tiles. It was fun to watch the fashion changes throughout the procession. I was also interested to learn that the final character's horse is stomping on a rose which symbolizes the catholic church stomping out the protestants.
59: Prague, Czech Republic
60: Date: October 10, 2010 Description: Estates Theater Reflection: This theater was located very close to our hostel in Prague. We walked by it the first night that we got to Prague and I did not think much about it. I was really excited to learn that this theater is actually the only standing theater left in all of Europe that Mozart himself actually worked and performed.
61: Date: October 10, 2010 Who: Me, Maria Saucedo, Katie Epstein and Ashley Cayford Description: Prague Walking Tours Reflection: I went on my first free walking tour while in Prague. The guides only work for tips on the free tours, but ours was so good that we signed up for a second paid walking tour later in the afternoon. I walked for a total of 7 hours that day!
64: Black Forest, Germany
66: Date: October 16, 2010 Who: Me Description: Jessica the Wolf Reflection: While on my trip on the USO tour we went to a wood carvers shop. Wood carving is a dying profession in Germany due to the many years of training required to become a Master Carver.
67: Date: October 16, 2010 Who: Me Description: More Honey Please! Reflection: WE also had the opportunity to go to a beekeeper's while on the USO tour. We tried some honey based products, but I was the only one brave enough to put on the bee keepers suit.
68: Moselkern, Germany
70: Date: October 17, 2010 Who: Me Description: Berg Eltz Reflection: Maria and I hiked for about a half an hour to get to the Berg Eltz in Moselkern, Germany. This is one of the oldest Mid-evil castles in Germany that has actually stayed in the family since it was built.
72: Trier, Germany
73: Date: October 17, 2010 Who: Me Description: Trier Reflection: On our way back from Moselkern, we had some time to kill in Trier. We were able to walk and see most of the interesting sights in the short hour lay over we had. Trier is Germany's oldest city, with many Roman structures still intact.
74: Date: October 23, 2010 Description: Viktualienmarkt Reflection: Dating back to 1807, it is the oldest farmers market in Munich and got its name from the Latin word victualia, which means "groceries." I had a great time just strolling along the stalls and looking at all of the produce and handmade goods.
75: Date: October 23, 2010 Who: Me Description: Munich Residenz Reflection: This huge palace is a complex of buildings containing ten courtyards and a museum displaying 130 rooms. Residenz is the largest city palace in Germany. I got quite lost while touring this, and ended up walking around the entire complex, outside with my audio guide in hand. I had to rely on some nice German security guards to get me to the right place.
77: Berlin, Germany
78: Date: November 6, 2010 Who: Me Description: Brandenburger Tor und Reichstag Reflection: These were the first two sights that we saw after arriving to Berlin on an overnight train. I feel that they both reflect the now united city and country after years of conflict. It is hard to believe that Germany has only been a united Democratic country for a little more than 20 years!
79: Date: November 6, 2010 Who: Me, Maria Saucedo, Lacy Logan and Liz Lapic Description: Memorial to the Murdered Jews Reflection: While these huge hunks of concrete are a beautiful gesture indented to be a monument to the murdered Jews of the Holocaust, I feel that the 26 million Euros could have been put to better use. The slabs are all different highs, built over a rolling foundation, inviting people to become lost and disoriented. I did enjoy getting lost and running around in them, although I have a feeling that is not what the artist intended.
80: Date: November 7, 2010 Who: Me Description: East Side Gallery Reflection: This portion of the Berlin Wall was repainted in 1990 as a memorial to the four different walls that stood for 28 years, cutting off West Berlin from the East.
81: Date: November 7, 2010 Who: Maria Saucedo and Me Description: Psychedelic Politics Reflection: This was my favorite section of the wall, with the longest chunk dedicated to its artists. The original painted section of the wall belonged to the West side. Also, the Berlin Wall was actually comprised of two walls with a death strip in the middle and enclosed West Berlin into itself.
82: Amsterdam, Netherlands
84: Date: November 14, 2010 Who: Maria Saucedo and Me Description: Anne Frank Huis Reflection: This was may favorite site in Amsterdam. I just loved hearing Anne Frank's story again. The museum was very moving and a great tribute to the murdered Jews of the Holocaust, as well as all of the other persecuted people in the world.
85: Date: November 14, 2010 Who: Me Description: What Big Feet You Have! Reflection: After posting this picture on Facebook, I realized that two other friends had pictures with the same shoe from their trips to Amsterdam. These wooden shoes were originally worn as protective shoes in factories, but are only worn for gardening or sold to tourists anymore.
86: Interlaken, Switzerland
89: Date: November 20, 2010 Who: Ashley Cayford, Lacey Logan and Me Description: Swiss Alps Reflection: We took the train to a small town outside of Interlaken and then walked to the next town along the beautiful Brienzersee. We did not know that you had to signal the train to stop in the small town that we ended up in, but were lucky that the conductor saw us and stopped anyway.
91: Bern, Switzerland
92: Date: November 21, 2010 Who: Ashley Cayford, Lacy Logan and Me. Description: Bern Bears Reflection: These are a couple of the pictures that I had taken with the many different bears we saw around Bern. Nearly every statue had a bear on it. The city name stems from the German word for bear and Bern is the capital of Switzerland.
95: Barcelona, Spain
96: Date: November 25, 2010 Who: Me and Maria Saucedo Description: Thanksgiving in Spain Reflection: It was hard to skip Thanksgiving, but I was quickly comforted by the Spanish sun and the Mediterranean Sea. The beach was the first place everyone wanted to visit when we got to Spain.
97: Date: November 26, 2010 Who: Me Description: Gaudi Church Reflection: When I first say this church from afar I was a little disappointed that they were doing construction on the place. Then I learned that the cathedral has yet to be completed since its start in 1882. The church is not expected to be finished until 2026.
98: Date: November 26, 2010 Who: Me Description: Park Güell , Barcelona Reflection: This park was the second Gaudi construction we saw while in Spain. Gaudi, is one of the most famous Spanish architects and was was commissioned to build this park as a place for the Barcelona aristocracy to gather.
99: Date: November 26, 2010 Who: Me Description: Getting lost Reflection: While searching for a castle we came across this fun looking museum and took some great aerial shots of the city. I always enjoy getting lost in a city, and discovering interesting places on my own.
100: Date: November 26, 2010 Who: me Description: Magic Fountain Show at the Mountain of Montjuic Reflection: Watching this water and light show was one of the best times I have had abroad. There are multiple versions of the show, and we stayed for two different shows. One was set to classical music, while the other feature popular show tunes. All in all it was a magical evening!