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Freiburg – Freiburg the jewel

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Hi everyone,

Switzerland – Basel Bad

At first we ended up in Basel Bad by accident and everything was very copecetic all the same,

we did not get any scowls.. just a surprised ‘I’ve seen a lot of things ..’ look from the Swiss Douane when I came through with a bike, backpack and two dogs :) and kindness from the ticket man who helped me with my ticket.

We did get to Freiburg an hour or so later and ..

Freiburg is really amazingly astonishingly quietly beautiful. . really, i’ve never seen anything like it. Its really a little jewel by any countries standards… its hard to describe except the town planners deserve a little medal, its very beautifully laid out with beautiful colourful period and some stylishly modern buildings with mini-canals running throughout the town. I heard it described on TV as a little bit of a paradise.. and I have to agree..

Freiburg also has a lot of churches

which is nice :) (and also some in the surrounding woods) and they are all impressive in a teutonic sort of way, I have to say though i didnt find them warm and welcoming though, doors not open, no benches outside, or maybe it was just the general teutonicness :) of them.. or maybe it could be because Freiburg appears to me to have a homeless problem though and they try to discourage them from hanging about .. I dont know.. anyway I went to two church services on the last Sunday there, one by chance on my way to the anglican one :)

(by the way I felt I had to go to church after 4 days traveling in France .. in Germany I felt it was necessary after two weeks so it appears Germany is easier to live in for me than France.. if my need for some church attendance is anything to go by.. hehe) Well the girls and I headed into town to find a church service..

Well the first service was a Roman Catholic one (I think) in one of the old churches in the old town (It wasnt planned which church, I just thought id just visit churches on Sunday and it was pretty packed, I dont know if it was a special day but the service was given by 6 priests at the front and it was nice, I felt quite at home and there was good there, I noticed an old mural high up on the wall had a dog in it :) , someone 100 years or so ago sat on a scaffold and though it was worth his/her time to add a mosaic dog to the group of doves following one of the saints :) even if I did not understand most of it it was in German, I did feel the care from the priests and most of the congregation, lots of different ages and genders (no kids though!).

Then I walked to the Anglican service and it was nice and familiar and a good reading and good lesson, he seems to be a very well educated thoughtful pastor and the prayer reading was wonderfully good by a kind man, it gave me hope.

ps. you may be wondering what I did with the girls… no i did not take them into church, though I personally think why not.. ? I tied them up outside and they were good as gold.. though I think it disturbs people to have them there.. i dont know why.. they are such little sweeties..

Freiburg – German Course

I am continuing with the German course, the German teachers are really lovely, but I still think I am making my way to Switzerland, German courses are 4 times the price or more there though, so it seems to make more sense to base myself in Germany for a while till i pass the exam. I could end up in the UK or Germany too though, I really dont know yet, I will try to get into a follow-on summer course in Heidelberg this summer (this will speed up the traject to passing the exam) and see if the attitude to dogs is better there, I love Freiburg though because of its general buzz and livelyness, warmth sunnyness, rivers, woods and location its close to france and switzerland and it is very green , solar energy etc, its just the miserable looks on peoples faces and the attitude to my little fur girls, i dont want to become like that, i did meet a very nice couple with two sweet dogs  in the woods  (husband english and wife German and they had the same down turned (unchanging) mouths even though they were open, kind and nice and friendly) . strange eh..

I’m returning to Freiburg tomorrow evening with the dogs to finish the course so two more months and I just want to say Thank you to everyone for your encouraging emails and prayers, I really appreciated and needed them, I have had quite an experience living in holland these last few years and its not every day you decide and uproot and change countries and I am grateful I can try to do that, but its not so easy and your encouraging words have been good for the soul, I ‘m not sure how my travels will end yet or where but its a good experience to try :) .

Lots of love

xxx

Cath