on Being in Europe

So I am in Strasbourg! And loving it, even more than I anticipated. (I wish now that I had planned to stay in Europe longer than the class. I will certainly return.) Among the things that make me excited are:
– Streets optimized for pedestrians rather than automobiles
– Bikes everywhere, tiny cars, and good public transportation
– Little stores and caf?s that spill out into the streets, instead of department stores and strip malls
– These languages I’ve been studying actually work!
– Oh, and chocolate 🙂

We have been taking it pretty easy… acclimatizing ourselves to European timezones and culture, exploring the Cathedral and surroundings, and learning about the medieval context leading up to the radical reformation. Tomorrow we’ll take off for Bienenberg in Switzerland, from where we’ll do day trips focusing on the Swiss Brethren.

Note to self (learning from experience #462): Upon receiving airline boarding pass, make sure that one does not in haste neglect to also pick up one’s return tickets.

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  1. […] 1. Strasbourg, Alsace, and environs – I already wrote some about Strasbourg. We had a fair amount of free time and explored the quays, the narrow streets, the museums of the Palais Rohan and the cathedral with its intricate astronomical clock. [Window into the weirdness that is David’s brain: my pun center (yes, that’s a part of the brain) just perked up and tried to do something with “gastronomical clock”…count yourselves fortunate that I have some self control.] As far as the class went, we reviewed the medieval context of the Reformation and pondered the significance, good and bad, of having a church that is no longer unified. We also visited the headquarters of Mennonite World Conference and learned about the current state of the global Mennonite church and the recent effort to identify the shared convictions of that body. Leaving Strasbourg, we drove south along the Vosges Mountains to Colmar, stopping on the way to explore the restored castle Haut-K?nigsberg on purely touristic impulses. In Colmar we made a stop just long enough to try tarte flamb? and see the Isenheim altarpiece. Then on to Switzerland… […]

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