Bad Dream: This is probably what it looks like.
I just love working on black paper! It opens up so many possibilities!
… even if you keep trying, your sketch can still be as funny as this. But at least you can have a laugh 😀
Among all the museums/galleries I’ve been to, the building of Museum Brandhorst has my favorite design (with great Cy Twombly collection inside too, but I just love the building too much).
So I looked up the designer, Sauerbruch Hutton. Apparently, he designed a lot of other buildings (Cologne Oval Offices, Office for Urban Development and Environment, Kew Westarkade and many more, //all links from archDaily) with this same style. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this theme!
It’s probably not a very good idea to start with putting all the colors on your palette. But that just means I have lots to learn from the beginning.
Back to Weimar at night.
A giant chair outside of Bauhaus University library.
Goethe house in Weimar – later I came to know that there are more than one Goethe house in Germany. This is one of his residences and now it becomes a museum.
Inside of his house there’s a small library and a lovely garden. Apparently Goethe has interest in LOTs of things outside of poetry and literature. The museum has displays of his collections including paintings, animal skeletons, fossils and so many more.
…he’d also lived in many different places (must be a fun guy to talk to)
In the afternoon I headed to Eisenach. Took a taxi to the foot of the hill. Wartburg is a short climb away.
Wartburg is a culture heritage site. It is known for being the place where Martin Luther translated the Bible.
The castle offers tour in both German and English.
Outside of the castle you can get a view of the town. I vaguely had the impression that Wartburg is approximately located at the geological center of Germany. But I couldn’t remember the source so I can’t be sure.
There was some distance between the castle and the town. I still have some time before the the train arrives. So I decided to walk through a forest downhill to enjoy some natural fun. Great decision.
I love forest!
And you read stories about Martin Luther along the way. I think he came as the second place in the 100 greatest German poll. Later I found out his contribution was not just in the reformation, but in German language as well.
It turns out the road I just passed is part of natural park route of Thuringian forest.
It was one of those memorable moments in my life: as I walked out of the forest and entered the town, I found the place was magically quiet. I walked into the town center through a residential area full of houses and cars but didn’t encounter a single person for a good 15 minutes (I think). For a moment I thought the time has stopped and I suddenly have all the time and space to explore, until I see a car with its blinkers on. But overall it was quite magical.
Bachhaus was close to the center of the town. Like the Goethehaus, it turns into a museum.
There are places in the museum where you can sit down and listen to his work.
If you accidentally get into the wrong part of the train, then you might end up in a different place.
Next day I came to Cologne to see Cologne Cathedral
According to wikipedia Cologne Cathedral is the most visited tourist site in Germany, which may not be surprising. The size of the Cathedral also proves the importance of the city during Medieval period. The spikes of the church are the second tallest church spikes in the world. Behind the alter there are shrines of relics that are said to belong to the Three Wise Men.
A modern-style stained glass window that looks so unique among others. Later I found it was actually built by a modern artist, Gerhard Richter.
Performance artist chasing a biker lol. Poor guy.
The old town was full of shops and markets.
Chocolate and almond. yumm!
Gross St.Martin Church, surrounded by lovely colorful spiky houses!
Hohenzollern Bridge: I wonder if all these locks prevent the bridge from load-balancing
From the other side of the bridge: The old town and River Rhine. (River Rhine, River Danube and Rive Elbe — I think I’ve finally seen them all!)
Came to Dusseldorf for dinner. The train is way too convenient (and because the cities are super close).
Had a great Japanese Ramen with salted half-cooked egg I love, not in Japan, but in Dusseldorf haha. Dusseldorf has one of the largest Japanese community in the country. Great place to find Ramen places of course.
Arrive in Bochum for the night.
One of my favorite thing to do while traveling is visiting local supermarket. And look what I’ve found!
I heard Dortmund has the most passionate fan throughout the country (it certainly says so based on my supermarket visit, and it was not a supermarket in Dortmund). It looks so happy so I had to get one!
Ruhr University of Bochum. Nice campus with (really) great view. It doesn’t feel very “industrial district” for me.
visited Essen in the afternoon: really like the design and color of the train station
Zollverein coal mine industrial complex: a world heritage coal mine industrial site. Along with many heavy industry sites close by, it used to support the backbone of German industrialization back in the old days. The winding tower has almost become a brand of Ruhr district.
Inside the complex: I thought I could smell machine oil but since the factory has been put to stop in the 90s so it might just be imaginary lol. I started to wonder about these places since we learned about Ruhr district from middle school Geography textbook.
You can also get on top of the building and have a peek at the entire area.
Some of the factory buildings have been converted to Ruhr Museum.
I kept thinking if this is strawberry-flavored.
First time on a cruise 🙂 So nice to not have Internet access.
Watching sunset from the deck
The food was not bad!
The cruise stopped at Port Costa Maya, where we got to see Chacchoben – a Mayan heritage site dated back more than a thousand years ago. According to our guide the settlement started 2000 years ago. It has everything: temples, court, residential areas, some of them even have not been excavated yet.
Dinner at locals, we made tortillas lol
The chicken tastes really good – you can taste the lime juice in the sauce
Local candy treat coated with chilis
We had loads of fun in Cozumel. We went scuba diving and saw a shark (for real!) I accidentally drank sea water while practicing changing a mask underwater and got nauseous for the whole day, which also made me nervous about taking a camera down and took pictures (if only I knew!).
In the afternoon we went inside the town
Chatting with a woman while we had ice cream and she made us cocktail
Gave ourselves a tour in the local supermarket – this delicious yogurt drink costs about 0.2 dollars
Overall a great fun!