The Netherlands and Amsterdam!

All I can say is AmsterDAMN! The Netherlands certainly lived up to its reputation and it was an experience of a lifetime. The Hague was our first stop where we had a full day planned with everyone in our program. First, we visited the International Criminal Court of the former Yugoslavia. We had a brief lecture about the history of the Bosnian/Serb/Croat war and the war criminals that were tried at the Ad Hoc tribunal. Next, we visited the International Criminal Court where we met Judge Hans-Peter Kaul (the German Judge) who answered all our questions on international criminal law and how the ICC operates. Thankfully, our educational portion of the trip ended around 7pm when we ran to the station to make our train to Amsterdam!!!

Chops, Katie, Cara, Katie, Josh, Sarah, Steve, and I made it to Amsterdam just in time to shower and go out! We ventured all over the city, drinking, eating, laughing, drinking, dancing, drinking, and dancing into the wee hours of the night. Needless to say it was a night to remember and we’re all so grateful to have had the experience.

The next morning (yes we had about 3 hours of sleep) we toured the city on foot, stopping by the Anne Frank house, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Rijks Museum. Holland was absolutely beautiful with gardens and canals on every corner. We had the luck of running into a Dutch pancake house and WOW! The picture does not do the food justice, so hopefully it won’t be too long before we’re back! Check out the pictures and links below to see our Netherlands experience!

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/vgm/index.jsp?page=101&lang=en

http://www.holland.com/de/tourist.htm

http://www.icty.org/

Click on the link below to see all the  fun photos

Continue reading

Munich, Dachau, and Neuschwanstein Castle

For our second weekend we decided to stay the weekend with some new and GOOD friends (Josh, Katie, Katie, Sara, Steve…all Creighton kids) in Munich. Friday afternoon, we went with our class by train and toured Dachau (the first model concentration camp). Luckily, it was an absolutely beautiful day, so Dachau didn’t seem as depressing as I guess it could be. It was a heavy and powerful experience. Everyone should go if they ever get a chance. The camp was the first of its kind and was actually intended for POWs, Political Adversaries, asocials, and gypsies. Not until 1938, was it used for holding Jews. It had completed gas chambers, but they were never put into use (the reason is unknown).

After the tour of Dachau, we left with five other friends and made way to Munich. That night we ate and drank at the Hofbräuhaus, one of the oldest and most famous beer halls in Munich. Beware fellow travelers, it can be a bit of a tourist trap, but something you still should experience nonetheless. Where else can you sit, listen to polka music with absolute strangers, and drink liter beers. You can tell its a touristy spot because they don’t automatically add on the tip. We stayed out for a little later that night, and after not finding any discotecas, finished the night drinking at the hotel.

The next day we made our way to Neuschwanstein Castle. It was a two hour train ride which was absolutely beautiful. But, it was 80 degrees outside and the trains don’t have AC. So, if you go in the summer were something light. When you get off the train you have to switch to a bus, which is located directly behind the Füssen stop. You take that bus to another bus which takes you to the top of the mountain. You can also take a horse carriage if you are into that type of thing. Anyway, it was packed but still an amazing place. We walked all around the caste and took the photos below from the bridge. There is also a path to a waterfall, but we didn’t get to it. We left around 5:30 or 17:30 and made our way back to Munich. The train ride back was not as much fun. It was super hott and packed with people (mainly Asian tourists and Italians, not the most courteous people). Once we got back, we made way to an Italian restaurant called L’ Osteria. We finished the night there with some great wine, pizza, and specialty shots. Click on the link below to see all the pictures.

Continue reading

Marburg Weekend Trip #1

Marburg was an absolutely stunning place to visit. Marburg was practically untouched by the war, unlike Nürnberg. All the old cottage style homes are original and the castle is looks perfectly intact. We stayed for 2 nights in a hotel and also went out both nights with our class. Friday night we ate some of the best German food yet, and then sat around the table and drank into the late night. On Saturday we had a lecture with Dr. Wolfgang and toured the International Criminal Courts Documentation Center. Afterwards, we took a tour of the city with a profound Historian and he showed us everything in the city that connected with the Third Reich. We even saw where Hindenburg was buried. If you didn’t know, Hindenburg was the President of Germany and helped Hitler to power.

That night Germany played in the Eurocup. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Continue reading