Rindfleischetikettierungsueberwachungsaufgabenuebertragungsgesetz - meaning "law delegating beef label monitoring" - has been excised from the lexicon. All 65 letters of it.
Friday, May 31, 2013
Thursday afternoon brought the group to Worms, home to the "Holy Sands" cemetery, which is considered the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe (the oldest grave dates back to 1058/1059--38 years before the First Crusade decimated the Jewish community there).
It turns out there was a little, um, issue on the bus trip from Heidelberg to Speyer: the bus broke down. For some, nature called (behind the bus as it turned out) but technology won out and they sent out a new bus. Here's the group waiting for that happy time:
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
After a very full day of engaging representatives of the government (including Wolfgang Drautz, the former Consul General in Los Angeles), the group made it to the seat of power itself, the Reichstag. Despite the crazy security guard who tried to push Jason into an overcrowded elevator, the visit ended up being pretty good. (Thanks Arjan for having our back!)
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
Thursday, May 23, 2013
On our first day, as we enjoyed a somewhat abbreviated bus tour, we saw the memorial to the Berlin Wall
After a quick "first impressions" session and a hilariously sleep-deprived introduction to the Germany Close Up support team--including our guides Arjan and Gregor--we headed down the street for a long, slow dinner at Cafe Oranien. See? You can hardly tell anyone's jet lagged....