Lutherstadt Wittenberg is an interesting part of this transition, as it is the home of Martin Luther, and thus has high stakes in Reformation history. Yet despite its history and its ongoing renovation it is aging rapidly; young people move to bigger cities and bigger universities. The university of Faust now houses us, a group of 12 American students making their way through Germany for a semester. It's unbelievable. The community is taking action, trying to make this a place of international study once more, building hostels and dormitories to bring youth from all over the world. We are their first group here for the full semester program. They are so happy to have us here, so welcoming. The mayor's assistant rode by on his bike yesterday and came to a stop to extend about five official welcomes. He couldn't stop smiling, saying how happy they were to have us here. It's incredibly humbling.
But anyways, here are some pictures: this is where we live.
back of the "Stadtkirche," or City Church
side of the "Rathaus," or Town Hall
side-roads and bicycles, this city's canvas even on a snowy day
the "Turm" or tower of the "Schlosskirche" or Castle Church
the soup bar where we ate lunch today, delicious
I ate the "Gemüsesuppe mit Hackbällchen," or Veggie soup with meatballs
city sign in front of die Stadtkirche
an empty building...
....nestled between beautifully renovated structures
Until next time, bis später.