The Infamous Belsen Concentration Camp

The Infamous Belsen Concentration Camp

 Warning: Some Pictures are Graphic! David and I went to visit the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp with our friends: Randy, Katy, Marcel, Adam, and Cathy.  There are no words to express what we saw.  The entire museum is so moving.  We saw a short film, several pictures, and different articles from the original camp. We have posted some pictures here, but as a warning some are very graphic.  If you click on the pictures below, there is a description to give you more information. Helpful info:  SS (Schutzstaffel = elite guard) and Wehrmacht (the German Armed Forces) Registration...

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Wintry Mix in Peine, Germany

Wintry Mix in Peine, Germany

[This is part of the Odds and Ends 2010 series.  Go check out the other posts!] Today in Peine, Germany it is 80 degrees!  It's not the 100 degrees that we get in Oklahoma or Kansas but when one is used to German weather 80 is pretty warm.  Also keep in mind that we don't have air conditioners. No matter where you live there is a good chance that today you are staying out of the heat.  Here are some photos that we took last November.  Hope it cools you off a bit.

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Late Summer Ride by German Cornfields

Late Summer Ride by German Cornfields

[This is part of the Odds and Ends 2010 series.  Go check out the other posts!] Last summer sometime we took a ride north-east of town and found Iowa.  Well, maybe it was just the cornfields that reminded us of Iowa.  We both look completely pale in the photos.  This is probably due to the lack of sunlight in Germany.

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Scotland in Peine, Germany

Scotland in Peine, Germany

At the beginning of May, Amanda and I went to Scotland... well, Scotland in Peine, Germany.  Each year Peine has a Highland Gathering on the first two days in May. On Saturday one can go listen to Scottish music and on Sunday one can see the Highland Games.  We unfortunately only went on Saturday. The Kilt - Skirt Controversy Is it called a skirt or is it called a kilt?  Let's take a look, shall we? Kilt translated into German is Schottenrock.  Schotten means Scottish and rock means skirt!  So it is a Scottish skirt. The video is not of great quality because we only took our camera...

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ST. Jakobi Friedhofskapelle of Peine, Germany

ST. Jakobi Friedhofskapelle of Peine, Germany

Last Sunday my wife and I took a walk after church and found this chapel at the St. Jakobi Cemetery.

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The Old Lady of Peine, Germany

The Old Lady of Peine, Germany

Here is an old lady that we ran into in Peine, Germany. Below that are some photos of the ST. Jakobi Friedhofskapelle of Peine, Germany. Go to Dave's site to see more photos of the chapel.

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Stederdorf Weihnachtsmarkt

Stederdorf Weihnachtsmarkt

Stederdorf, Germany Christmas Market In 2005 David and I missed the Stederdorf Christmas Market because he was in the hospital.  Today was our first time to visit our hometown's Christmas Market. Because it is a very small market it only lasts one day.  Each year some people from the church walk over to it after Sunday service.  In order to see the fun click a picture for the gallery.

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Too Many German Articles

Too Many German Articles

Learning the German language is difficult and one of the reasons is because of all the different versions of the word THE. Look at the table below and you will see 16 different boxes for the word THE. Why does the German language have 16 The's?  I think to drive my perfectionism insane. If it were up to me I would just make all the German articles "die".  But it's not up to me and I will continue to give it my best shot.

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Göttingen Countryside

Göttingen Countryside

Check out these photos of Göttingen, Countryside.

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My First Country Concert

My First Country Concert

My first country concert was in Germany in a town called Gadenstedt. Not quite what an American thinks of when we go to a country concert in America.   We met at someone's home for the concert. It was actually a nice size area where people could sit and listen to the music or go inside to buy some drinks. This house used to be a workshop for a man who made wagon wheels. This trade was passed down through the generations until there was no need for it anymore. But the same family still lives in this house. We met the owner of the house and her sister. Craig Rapp went with us for this unique experience....

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