Thursday, May 04, 2006
Herman the German
On Tuesday we took a road trip to Detmold with Gurtrud to visit the German "Statue of Liberty"


Herman the German a.k.a "Hermann's Denkmal"(read here if you don't know the history, there is also a smaller version of this statue in New Ulm, Minnesota)


It's larger than I imagined it to be. This monument is a symbol of Germany's unity and independence. The sword in his hand gives it a different feel than the statue of liberty though..


We bought a ticket to travel up to the top of Herman the German. The view was beautiful. There was a strong wind and a feeling of quiet peacefullness. We just took it all in. It's not something you get to see every day..

Here are two pictures of the view we had.

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Afterwards we drove to open air archeological site. I'm fascinated with historical homes and structures. Some of the homes were authentic and shipped in from different areas of Germany. Some were re-built with original material. It was like entering a fairy tale.

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Walking through this village was similar to taking a trip into the past. Eric and I were the only ones there because we arrived just before closing time.

Well besides this guy who was wandering around and making a lot of noise..

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You can walk into all the homes. Peering at the old furniture, pottery and tools you can't help but wonder about the daily lives of our ancestors. What they did, felt inside and thought about the future. Life was so simple back then. It was all about the basics for survival.

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What would they think if they could see what our lives are like now? Computers, cars, planes, skyscrapers and technology. Are we really more advanced or have we just collected more stuff to distract us from what really matters in life?

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I realized something this afternoon while I was sitting on the balcony with Eric and his guardian mother. I realized how amazing Gurtrud truly is and how much I needed to get away from the city for a while. When you're stripped of all outside influences, electronics and communication devices you're forced to just observe nature. You notice the beauty around you and reflect on the direction your life is heading

Gutrud's kindness, love of life and hospitality really floors me. I think at first I was intimidated and I was trying so hard to do everything right by her. I felt that I couldn't measure up and I wanted to show her that I could be the "perfect German hausfrau". But the truth is, she doesn't want me to change or be anything other than who I am. She's showing me a different way of living but not making any demands. She just accepts me and loves me. It took a while for me to grasp this because I was too busy jumping through hoops and careful with every move I made. I just knew how much Eric loved her and I didn't want to do anything wrong.

But I realize all of this isn't necessary. She said she's just so happy we're here. This has been a beautiful week so far. I'm really glad we can spend it with her.

We played "Super Rummy" again last night. A few people had mentioned that they call it "Rummykub". That is what Gurtrud calls it as well. The box she pulled it out of had the title: "Super Rummy Spiel" which is why I referred to it as that. I was surprised to discover that other people have played this because I had never even heard of it before this week!

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Okay, I have to sign off because I'm having a coffee with Eric at an internet cafe and my time is running out.

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posted by Clarity25 at 10:03 AM |


21 Comments:


At May 04, 2006, Blogger MW 

Clarity: "When you're stripped of all outside influences, electronics and communication devices you're forced to just observe nature. You notice the beauty around you and reflect on the direction your life is heading."

Me: Exactly how I've felt all my life. When you get home, be sure to keep an eye out for this series/DVD. In a way, I think you will appreciate it a lot more than most people. I felt really sorry for the wealthy family as the series/experiment officially came to an end.

Clarity: "If my words upset, anger, annoy or offend you. Please remember that you are also free to click that little X in the corner of this webpage. No one has a gun to your head and is forcing you to read this."

Me: Very, very, very refreshing bit of non-political correctness. I applaud you for writing it.

At May 04, 2006, Anonymous AnimalCrossing 

That is some beautiful scenery. I'm glad that you and eric are able to relax somewhat in the gorgeous german countryside before making the ardous journey to the land of opportunity. Their is no need to stress about this period of transition. The experiences are worth everything you've gone through. You are blessed to have each other.
As for the rude comment, someone left you. I doubt it was an angry turk. More likely just an immature prankster or troller who didnt even know what he was saying. Youth these days!!

At May 04, 2006, Anonymous alice 

I half expected to see a gnome offering you a pipe in the doorway of one of those homes!

As for the hateful comment, you were describing an event from Eric's life, in no way did it ever read as "oh all of that nationality is aweful" just a memory from his youth. Its when the reader decided to themselves that it is hateful that they make it so. Its too bad that you have to edit memories to keep the peace.

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At May 04, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous 

My cousin lives in Detmold! That's a stunning landscape view from up in Hermann. I also liked the village.

Sorry that you have to deal with rude people. There was nothing wrong with your last entry. I think someone is messing with you. Don't let it get to you and don't let it change the way you write. Some people are just assholes.
-Sarah

At May 04, 2006, Anonymous Olaf 

Hi Clarity. I am so happy that you have had the opportunity to get to know Gurtrud a bit better. She sounds like someone incredibly special. It's nice to know that the chance to stay with her, having occurred in a way first unplanned and undesired has blossomed into something that I expect will end up being cherished by both you & Eric as well as Gurtrud. Enjoy your time. Best, O.

At May 04, 2006, Blogger dusty 

I am glad this was posted as a Blog, I am a German language student at a University in Iowa, USA, and love to learn more about the country. After four semesters I have still never heard of Herman the German so this was indeed interesting for me.

At May 04, 2006, Blogger dusty 

I am glad this was posted as a Blog, I am a German language student at a University in Iowa, USA, and love to learn more about the country. After four semesters I have still never heard of Herman the German so this was indeed interesting for me.

At May 04, 2006, Anonymous Tenshi 

I live my life by the concept of, "never fuck with an angry german." (re: Herman The German's sword) Same about an Irishman.

Mike's both ethnicities. And you do NOT fuck with Mike when he's mad.

The exception? Me. (Swedish, British, a wee bit French and American Indian) Don't ever fuck with an angry norseman. And the British aspect just makes me hoity toity when I'm mad.

Bah. Enough babble.

At May 04, 2006, Anonymous Tenshi 

I live my life by the concept of, "never fuck with an angry german." (re: Herman The German's sword) Same about an Irishman.

Mike's both ethnicities. And you do NOT fuck with Mike when he's mad.

The exception to avoiding Mike when he's angry? Me. (Swedish, British, a wee bit French and American Indian) Don't ever fuck with an angry norseman. And the British aspect just makes me hoity toity when I'm mad. That, and I won't even mention Custer's last stand... :)

Bah. Enough babble.

At May 04, 2006, Anonymous TB 

Your photos are phenomenal, as usual. I love the way you see the world.

At May 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous 

clarity
something is up with your computer ..it is letting me read your blog..lol..just kidding....hurry home..i miss talking to you...i am glad you got to meet erics family and see his home and old schools....now bring him home to us so we can corrupt him with our american culture..lol...yeah big macs..lol...once you get home i hope you will actually call me!!!tara has my number...we spoke today and your ears must have been ringing..we were talking about you and other old friends and good times.....we are planning to all get together in dec.....do you think your mommy will let you out to play?lol...ahh..good times...we are even trying to get nancys dumb ass up there.....our crew having a reunion ...who knew?lol....talk to you soon..i hope....tell eric i said what is up?love
your bestest friend in the world

At May 05, 2006, Blogger Beaman 

I very much like your blog, you have some great photos.

At May 08, 2006, Anonymous niki 

What a beautiful sentiment about Eric's guardian. Sounds like you had some time to reflect on life. The question you raised is soo true. We tend to get wrapped up in this computer world and forget to take in the beauty of life. Its nice to step away from it sometimes to soak up the real life...enjoy people and the beauty of nature.
I loved that little village you saw. I enjoy walking around places like those and wondering what life was really like then. And feeling the lives that had lived there soo long ago. And I want that goat! :)

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