A Travellerspoint blog

Things that I miss A LOT!

Can't wait until I'm home

People:
My Family...it sucks being away from you guys...
Matt Thomas...one of my favorite people in the world...
My co-workers...I actually miss waking up at 5:00am to get to work on time...
My puppies...they aren't really people, but I miss them a lot
Tiger...she's getting old but she's still fun

Things:

Food:
Cheerwine
Dr. Pepper
Quadoba
Mimi's
Dollar Taco
Steak
Curry Chicken
RANCH
Wendy's
Chick-fil-a

Stuff
WALL-MART
Shirts that don't cost 30Euro
Washing Machines
Dryers
Cell Phones that don't eco

Things I can't wait to do
Get to the Airport!
Use my Cell-phone
Hang out with Aunt Faye on the 16th
Go to work on the 19th
Make money

To be Continued

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Kiev Ukraine and the Chernobyl Disaster

snow -12 °C

So...this was one of the coolest things I have ever done in my entire life!

Friday November 21st

Steve and I left for the Munich airport around 10:00 am for our 13:05 flight. Once we got into the airport we realized that the three hour before rule really only applies when you are checking bags, and since we weren't checking bags we had a lot of time to wait around and do nothing.

On the plane we had delicious Luftansa food, which consisted of some sort of ravioli that tasted like chicken pot pie.

Once we got to Kiev we had to stand in the passport line for about 20 minutes, then got a new red stamp in my passport. We decided not to take the taxi since there were about 50 guys right as we got off the plane asking if we wanted a taxi (it would have been about 200rph) and the bus was sitting right outside the door and it was only 25rph (pronounced Griv-Na at about 6 to the dollar). The bus took about 40 minutes and it was a bit smelling but it got us to the main train station and it was only a 30rph taxi ride from there.

Once we got to the hostel (Hostelukraine) we checked in and made our beds. One of the other people staying in the hostel just finished her time in the Peace Corps, she was in Kazakhstan and was traveling before going back home. It was really nice to talk to someone who had just done it because I was able to hear both the good and the bad of doing NGO development in Eastern Europe/Central Asia. We went to dinner with her (her name was also Kate) and another guy in the hostel who was just beginning to be an English teacher in Kiev. We had fairly traditional food some sort of lamb stew on top of barley and a cabbage salad.

After that we played cards for a while and got ready for bed, an early morning tomorrow. The deck of cards that I bought in Prague have come in SOOO handy on trips.

Saturday November 22nd

This morning Steve and I got up around 8:00 to get ready for the Chernobyl tour. We met with the rest of the group at a hostel on Independence Square (about a 15 minute walk from the hostel). Once we got there we loaded in to a 15 passenger van and headed out toward Chernobyl, Ukraine. The drive to the boarder of the exclusion zone was about 1 hour 45 minutes. Once we got to the boarder we had to get out of the van and cross on foot so that they could check our papers. Once we got across we got back in the van and drove for about another 15 minutes to the town of Chernobyl. We drove past tons of villages on the way into the town, but one in particular had had so much radiation that it was torn down, washed, and then buried under clay and cement. We also past the "red forest" which is a forest that was heavily effected by the radiation and subsequently turned red (like in the fall) thus being named the "red forest". This area was cut down, buried and covered in clay. A new forest has since grown over it and also has a high amount of radiation which is a predicament that the Ukraine is having to deal with right now.
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Our first stop was the town of Chernobyl. Here we met up with our guide from the state who worked for the town of Prypiat (the "ghost town"). We also signed our lives away and promised not to disturb anything.

Then we left to go visit the reactor. We stopped on the way because there was a point where you could see all six reactors and the cooling tower. There we found out that all of the organic materials had much higher radiation that all of the other material around it. The air said it was .0015 and the plants said .215. Humans can survive up to 1200.000 without getting active radiation syndrome (which is what causes your body to literally speed up its life cycle). We then stopped at a statue which was in dedication to the firemen who "saved the world" by putting out and containing the fires which could have spread to reactor number four and caused significantly more damage.

At the reactor site we were told that they were getting ready to pour an concrete shell over over the reactor thus containing it for the next century. They had already added yellow structural support, so had I waited a few months the entire thing would look different. So I am very glad that I was able to visit the reactor while I was here this time.
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The next stop was probably the coolest, the tour of Prypiat (the "ghost town"). Our first stop within Prypiat was the school. It was one of four schools, there were also 14 kindergartens because of a recent baby-boom. The entire school was available for touring, we could visit every classroom in the entire building on all four floors. The whole building was low in radiation so it was completely safe. I got tons of pictures and the building was amazing. There were sooo many books. As horrible as the soviets were to their people, they were well educated. There was a room that had books stacked waist deep. And every classroom had the entire floor covered in books (please reference my pictures).
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After the school we went to the community swimming pool. (See Pictures)
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After that we went to the amusement park that was never opened. It was scheduled to be opened the day after the disaster. On one of the swings there was a stuffed animal that had started to rot away (it was missing legs).
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After that we saw the main square in Prypiat and loaded back into the van where we went back to Chernobyl to eat lunch. Everything in Chernobyl is brought in from Kiev and eating anything grown there is illegal and will probably kill you. We had a multi-course meal with tons of food.

After lunch around 3:00pm we headed back in the direction of Kiev.

We got back to Kiev around 6:00pm and walked back to the hostel from Independence Square. And hung out with the hostel worker and the guy that we went to dinner with the night before, then went to bed.

Sunday November 23rd

Today we woke up at 11:00 and I was feeling rather sick, I have a fairly bad cold (probably from the change of temperature.)
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We then went into town and explored. I can't believe how pretty the architecture is in Kiev, it was the former capital of Russia so it has that style of architecture.
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Monday November 24th

Today we got up around 10:00 took showers and got packed to go. We had arranged a driver to take us back to the airport (only 150rph for the two of us, which comes up to less that 30 dollars split between the two of us) this let us get to the airport with a lot less trouble.

Our plane left at around 5:10pm Kiev time and we got into Munich at 6:40pm Munich time. We were fed once again by Luftansa, which was nice and we went back to my house and unpacked. I went to bed pretty early because of the cold.

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Paris trip Itinerary: Updated


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Flight Information:
LH4248
14:50 leave MUC
16:25 arrive Paris

LH4255
21:30 leave Paris
23:05 arrive MUC

Hostel Information:
Oops
50 Avenue des Gobelins,
+33 1 47 07 47 00

Phone Will Work in Paris!

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Amsterdam trip Itinerary: Updated


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Flight Information:
Friday November 28th:
KL 1800
19:55 leave MUC
21:45 arrive AMS

Monday December 1st:
KL 1801
21:00 leave AMS
22:30 arrive MUC

Hostel Information:
Hostel Slotania, Amsterdam
Slotermeerlaan 131
+31 (0) 20 6134568

It is a little ways away from the touristy locals, which is good because that means that we are far away from the "red light district".

My Phone Will Work in Amsterdam!

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Kiev, Ukraine-Trip Information

-17 °C

I will be leaving for Kiev in the Ukraine on Friday November 21st through Monday November 24th:

Flight
LH 3230
operated by:
LUFTHANSA
Date
21. November
from
MUNICH DE MUNICH INTERNATIONAL
TERMINAL 2
to
KIEV UA BORISPOL

TERMINAL B
Departure
13:05 h
Arrival
16:20 h
Reservation
Economy Class (T)
confirmed

Flight
LH 3231
operated by:
LUFTHANSA
Date
24. November
from
KIEV UA BORISPOL

TERMINAL B
to
MUNICH DE MUNICH INTERNATIONAL

TERMINAL 2
Departure
17:10 h
Arrival
18:40 h

I will be staying at Hostelukraine in Kiev: they are the highest rated in the Ukraine and it is a small (20 bed) hostel.

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Fall Break: Zagreb, Croatia

Saturday November 8th through Monday November 10th


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Saturday November 8th

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Sunday November 9th

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Monday November 10th

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Fall Break: Ljbljana, Slovenia and Bled, Slovenia

Wednesday November 5th through Saturday November 8th

-17 °C
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Wednesday November 5th

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Thursday November 6th

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Friday November 7th: Bled

Saturday November 8th: Bled

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Fall Break: Vienna, Austria and Bratislava, Slovakia

Monday November 3rd through Wednesday November 5th


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Monday November 3rd

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Tuesday November 4th

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Wednesday November 5th: Bratislava

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Fall Break: Prague, Czech Republic

Thursday October 30th through Monday November 3rd


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Prague:

Thursday:

Our train left the Munich main train station at 16:03. We were in a six person compartment and it was completely full for the first two hours, after the first hour and a half we moved to the front of the train (because the back half was going to detach half way through the trip and not go all the way to Prague). Once we moved we had an entire compartment to ourselves for the last four hours or so. We arrived in Prague fairly late (around 22:00) and attempted to find the way to the hostel ourselves but gave up after seeing too many footless pidgins (I’m not sure why, I guess it was some sort of de-pidgin attempt that resulted in a bunch of footless pidgins). So we took a taxi to the hostel-I’m sure we were overcharged but we didn’t have to worry about finding the hostel in the dark.
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The hostel we stayed in was called Clown and Bard and is one of the largest hostels in Prague and has the best reputation. It was a really nice hostel with a bar/reception/breakfast area in the basement and a computer area on the first floor with all the rooms above it. Steve and I were on the fourth flour-which was quite a hike! I went to bed early since I had been up since very early in the morning.
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Friday:

Today was our first full day of break! I woke up around 10:30 and went down for breakfast (our hostel included breakfast in the price of the beds). They had all kinds of jams, eggs, toast and cereals; they also had coffee and bottled water (no juice).
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Around 13:00 we headed out to the city. We decided to walk instead of taking the tram so that we could see what out district of Prague was like. Prague is divided into about a dozen districts with the Old Town being in Prague I, we were staying in Prague III, which is adjacent to Prague I, but up on the hill. It took us about 20 minutes to get into the Old Town and we stayed in the city for several hours. We went into about 50 stores selling lead crystal and nesting dolls and saw more bottles of Absinth than I could ever imagine. In one store I bought postcards and a patch, after that we found an open market where there were about 100 booths each selling different things. There were a lot of woodcarvings and a lot of jewelry as well as different food products.
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After the market we kept walking in the direction of Old Town Square. On the way we found a pastry shop that sells these cinnamon tube things (I’m not sure how to describe them, but they were delicious). Once we found Old Town Square we were so amazed, it is even more beautiful than Marienplatz in Munich.
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Once it started getting dark we headed back towards the hostel. On the way back we stopped at a restaurant where I got the most delicious meal that I have had since I left the US. It was a steak covered in a layer of onions and then covered in a layer of blue cheese. It was served with potato wedges.

On the way back to the hostel we stopped at a supermarket to buy water, juice and snacks and then went back to the hostel and played cards for a while and used the internet.

Saturday:

Today was a long day. We woke up around 10:00 to head down for breakfast. They had the same things laid out as yesterday. After breakfast we met up with the group that was going on a tour of Prague through “Paul’s Tours”. There were about 10 of us and it cost 250Kc, which is about 10 Euro. We got to see so many things and hear the stories behind them. We started out the tour at the National Museum. In front of the museum is a memorial to two students who died in the fight against communism. Once we finished with the Old Town we headed toward the Jewish Quarter, which has the oldest Synagogue in Europe. Unfortunately because they observe the Sabbath everything was closed today and we couldn’t go into any of the synagogues or museums. After we left the Jewish Quarter we headed in the direction of Charles Bridge which is a huge foot bridge connecting the Old Town with the Castle on the other side of the Vltava River. On the bridge there are tons of venders selling all kinds of stuff, like jewelry, paintings and pottery. After we crossed the bridge we went to the John Lenin wall, which is a memorial to his life and a symbol for peace. On the day he died people from all over Prague flocked to the wall and began covering it in Graffiti, mostly memorials to John Lenin but also memorials to peace and hope for a life without communism. After the wall we took a break and got some lunch. Then we headed up the steep hill to the castle. The castle is more like a village within walls than it is like a traditional castle. It is the largest ancient castle in the world. The end of the castle was the end of our tour and Steve and I headed back down the hill to Old Town.
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Once we got back into Old Town we found a restaurant to eat at. We both got goulash, which is traditionally Czech. Then we headed back towards the hostel and called it a night.
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Sunday:
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Monday:

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FALL BREAK PLANS +ITINERARY

Okay...so I am very excited about my fall break plans so here goes...

All prices are for two people (Steve and I will be traveling together-and yes we have money belts and we picked hostels based on safety ratings and proximity to the train station so that we could walk quickly to the hostel and get rid of our stuff-they all have lockers as well and free linens)

Train from Munich to Prague: Thursday October 30th: 78Euro
Hostel: Clown and Bard: 132.22 total (4 nights)
Borivojava 102, Prague 2 (Zizkov); Phone Number: (+420 222 716 453)

Train from Prague to Vienna, Austria: Monday November 3rd: 98.20Euro
Hostel: Wombats City Hostel Vienna: The Lounge: 34Euro (2 nights)
Mariahilfer Strasse 137, Vienna; Phone Number: (+43 (0) 1 8972336)

Train from Vienna to Ljubljana: Wednesday November 5th: 123.60Euro
Hostel: Fluxus Hostel: 63.33Euro (3 nights)
Tomsiceva ul. 4, Ljubljana; Phone Number (+386 (1) 251 5760)

Train from Ljubljana to Zagreb: Saturday November 8th: 34Euro
Hostel: Mali Mark Zagreb: 82.03 (2 nights)
Dublicka 8, Zagreb; Phone Number (+38 1 6389 111)

Train from Zagreb to Munich: Monday November 10th: 98Euro

All together the cost for the trip for both of us is 737.30Euro or $927.11 (at the current low exchange rate of 1.26)
The cost for each of us is only 368.65Euro or $463.56 so I am using my birthday money and a little extra for this trip. Overall Steve and I have gotten the best travel deals out of the whole group. Katie and two other people are going to Essen and Berlin (both of which are in Germany) for six days and they are paying 230Euro a piece.

Prague is the Czech Republic and they use Czech koruna which is 24.69 koruna to one Euro

Vienna is in Austria and Ljubljana is in Slovenia both of which use the Euro.

Zagreb is in Croatia and they use the Croatian kuna which is 7.1965 to the Euro.

The buying power in Zagreb and Prague is signifigantly higher than that in Munich (where everything is very expensive). For example a beer in a bar or restaurant in Prague is between .80 and 3.30Euro, a beer here during happy hour is 2Euro but it is normally 3.50-5.00Euro, in Croatia the exchange rate is even better.

Information about Prague-Praha (in German), Czech Republic:

Embassy: USA: +420 257 530 663
Don't miss:
Prague Castle, Hradcanské námìstí, Malá Strana
Built around 850AD, Prague's enchanting castle is not to be missed. Home to St Vitus Cathedral, St George's Basilica and Golden Lane, it is said to be Europe's oldest surviving medieval castle. Open d a i l y f r o m 9 a m - 4 p m / 5 p m ; a d m i s s i o n 350/250/150Kc. (the grounds and cathedral are free)

Old Town Square (Staromìstské námìstí), Staré Mesto Translating in Czech to Staromìstské námìstí, the Old Town Square is where you will find some of Prague's most beautiful buildings. These include the Old Town Hall in the centre of the square and Tyn Church which dominates the eastern side of the square.

Charles Bridge, Staré Mesto This bridge is the most famous of all the bridges which cross the River Vltava and is crowded with tourists day and night. But you can see why as it boasts breathtaking views of the castle and provides free entertainment during the warmer months when buskers do their utmost to entertain tourists to earn a few crowns.

St Nicholas Church, Malostranské námìstí, Malá Strana Along with Prague Castle, this church is the other building which dominates the skyline on Malá Strana. Taking over 80 years to complete, it belongs among the leading baroque buildings in Europe and is undoubtedly one of Prague's most beautiful sights. Open from 9am-4.45pm; admission 50Kc.

Petrín Hill, Malá Strana For unrivalled views over Prague, hop on a funicular from the station at Újezd in Malá Strana bound for Petrín Hill. Once you reach the top (there are two stops) you can walk around the park, get lost in the Mirror Maze', or climb Petrín Tower (admission 50Kc).

Information about Vienna-Wein (in German), Austria

Embassy: USA: +43 (0)1 313 390
Hofburg Palace The Hofburg Palace was the residence of the Hapsburg dynasty for over 600 years and is the most mposing building in Vienna's Inner Stadt. There are various parts to visit but the most enjoyable are the Imperial partments. Admission includes entrance to the Sisi Museum which documents the life of past resident Empress Elisabeth. Open daiy from 9am-5pm (5.30pm July & Aug); admission €9.90 (adult), €8.90 (student).

KunstHausWien, 3rd, Untere Weissgerber Strasse 13 Filled with the works of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, from the outside this museum looks like something from a Monty Python cartoon. Inside the split-level floors and colourful aintings are just as unique. Open from 10am-7pm; admission €9, €4.50 on Mondays.

Rathaus, Rathausplatz, Ringstraße Built between 1872 and 1883 by Friedrich von Schmidt, Vienna's city hall can be seen from all over the city centre thanks to its gothic spires which soar 102 meteres into the sky. It looks particularly impressive after dark. Free guided tours are given at 1pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Stephansdom, Stephansplatz To many, the Stephansdom is Vienna's most instantly recognisable building. Built on the site of a church which dates back to 1144, its most striking features are its gothic spire and tiled roof - it has over 250,000 in total. Open daily from 6am-8pm.

K u n s t h i s t o r i s c h e s M u s e u m, Maria-Theresien-Platz Regarded as Vienna's finest museum, unsthistorisches Museum possesses one of the most valuable and important art collections in the world. Open Tues-Sun 10am-6pm (9pm on Thurs); admission €10.

Information about Ljubljana, Slovenia

http://www.visitljubljana.si/en/ljubljana_and_more/essentials/tourist_information_centres/

What is it that sets Ljubljana apart from other cities and capitals that makes it a great place to visit? You will not discover here world-renowned attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower or the Big Ben, but there are other features that can be stressed. Due to its compact size, Ljubljana is a walking and environmentally friendly city, with a lot of green spaces.
It has one of the best-preserved Baroque quarters in Europe that blends harmoniously with the younger Art Nouveau buildings. And, in the first half of the 20th century, it was blessed with the talent of architect Jože Plečnik, who created its cosmopolitan image.
The young and vibrant spirit of the Slovenian capital often stuns first-time visitors. No wonder, as out of a population of 276,000 one fifth are university students. Lean back & relax is also a motto of our city - having a refreshment in one of the numerous cafes along the riverbanks or in the Old Town is a good way to observe and feel the pulse of our everyday life.
The picturesque open market provides many fresh ingredients which are the basis for culinary delights served in the downtown restaurants and inns, and to appreciate even more the local gastronomy, indulge in the discovery of excellent Slovenian wines.
Just to round up the picture, Ljubljana displays a remarkable agenda of cultural events, close to 10.000 annually - including 14 international festivals and many other traditional happenings all year round. The good language skills of the local residents are also much appreciated by foreign guests.
Conveniently located in the centre of the country, the capital is also an ideal departure point to discover the amazingly diverse features of Slovenia, all within a two-hour drive.
~Ljubljana Tourist Board

Ljubljana Castle (Ljubljanski grad) is a mediaeval castle located at the summit of the hill that dominates the city centre. The area surrounding today's castle has been continuously inhabited since 1200 BC.The hill summit probably became a Roman army stronghold after fortifications were built in Illyrian and Celtic times.

The castle is first mentioned in 1144 as the seat of the Duchy of Carinthia. The fortress was destroyed when the duchy became part of the Habsburg domains in 1335.[ Between 1485 and 1495, the present castle was built and furnished with towers. Its purpose was to defend the empire against Ottoman invasion as well as peasant revolt. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the castle became an arsenal and a military hospital. It was damaged during the Napoleonic period and, once back in the Austrian Empire, became a prison, which it remained until 1905, resuming that function during World War II. The castle's Outlook Tower dates to 1848; this was inhabited by a guard whose duty it was to fire cannons warning the city in case of fire or announcing important visitors or events.

In 1905, the city of Ljubljana purchased the castle, which underwent a renovation in the 1960s. Today, it is a tourist attraction; cultural events also take place there. Since 2007, a funicular has linked the city centre to the castle atop the hill.

St. Nicholas Cathedral of Ljubljana (Stolnica svetega Nikolaja) is the city's only cathedral. Easily identifiable due to its green dome and twin towers, it is located on Vodnik square near the Triple Bridge

Information about Zagreb, Croatia

Museums:

Zagreb's numerous museums reflect the history, art and culture not only of Zagreb and Croatia, but also of Europe and the world. Around thirty collections in museums and galleries comprise more than 3.6 million various exhibits, excluding church and private collections.

Archeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum (19 Nikola Šubić Zrinski Square) collections, today consisting of nearly 400,000 varied artifacts and monuments, have been gathered over the years from many different sources. These holdings include evidence of Croatian presence in the area.[29] The most famous are the Egyptian collection, the Zagreb mummy and bandages with the oldest Etruscan inscription in the world (Liber Linteus Zagrabiensis), as well as the numismatic collection.

Croatian Natural History Museum

The Croatian Natural History Museum (1 Demetrova Street) holds one of the world's most important collection of Neanderthal remains found at one site. [30] These are the remains, stone weapons and tools of prehistoric Krapina man. The holdings of the Croatian Natural History Museum comprise more than 250,000 specimens distributed among various different collections.

Museum of Technology

The Museum of Technology (18 Savska Street) was founded in 1954 and it maintains the oldest preserved machine in the area, dating from 1830, which is still operational. The museum exhibits numerous historic aircraft, cars, machinery and equipment. There are some distinct sections in the museum: the Planetarium, the Apisarium, the Mine (model of mines for coal, iron and non-ferrous metals, about 300 m long), and the Nikola Tesla study.[31]

Museum of the City of Zagreb

The Museum of the City of Zagreb
(20 Opatička Street) was established in 1907 by the Association of the Braća Hrvatskog Zmaja. It is located in a restored monumental complex (Popov toranj, the Observatory, Zakmardi Granary) of the former Convent of the Poor Clares, of 1650.[32] The Museum deals with topics from the cultural, artistic, economic and political history of the city spanning from Roman finds to the modern period. The holdings comprise 75,000 items arranged systematically into collections of artistic and mundane objects characteristic of the city and its history.

Arts and Crafts Museum

The Arts and Crafts Museum (10 Marshal Tito Square) was founded in 1880 with the intention of preserving the works of art and craft against the new predominance of industrial products. With its 160,000 exhibits, the Arts and Crafts Museum is a national-level museum for artistic production and the history of material culture in Croatia.[33]

Ethnographic Museum

The Ethnographic Museum (14 Ivan Mažuranić Square) was founded in 1919. It lies in the fine Secession building of the one-time Trades Hall of 1903. The ample holdings of about 80,000 items cover the ethnographic heritage of Croatia, classified in the three cultural zones: the Pannonian, Dinaric and Adriatic.[34]

Mimara Museum
The museum called the "Art Collection of Ante and Wiltrud Topić Mimara" or, for short, the Mimara Museum (5 Roosevelt Square), was founded with a donation from Ante "Mimara" Topić and opened to the public in 1987. It is located in a late 19th century neo-Renaissance palace.[35] The holdings comprise 3,750 works of art of various techniques and materials, and different cultures and civilisations.

Croatian Naïve Art Museum

The Croatian Naïve Art Museum (works by Croatian primitivists at 3 Ćirilometodska Street) is considered to be the first museum of naïve art in the world.[citation needed] The museum keeps works of Croatian naïve expression of the 20th century. It is located in the 18th century Raffay Palace in the Gornji Grad. The museum holdings consist of 1500 works of art - paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, mainly by Croatians but also by other well-known world artists.[36] From time to time, the museum organizes topics and retrospective exhibitions by naïve artists, expert meetings and educational workshops and playrooms.

Museum of Contemporary Art

The Museum of Contemporary Art was founded in 1954 and a rich collection of Croatian and foreign contemporary visual art has been collected throughout the decades. The Museum (2 St. Catherine's Square) is located in a space within the Kulmer Palace in the Gornji Grad. A new Museum building in Novi Zagreb has been under construction since 2003.[37] The Museum's permanent art collection will be presented to the public when it moves into its new building planned for 2007.

Other museums and galleries

Valuable historical collections are also found in the Croatian School Museum, the Croatian Hunting Museum, the Croatian Sports Museum, the Croatian Post and Telecommunications Museum, the HAZU (Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts) Glyptotheque (collection of monuments), and the HAZU Graphics Cabinet.

The Strossmayer's Old Masters Gallery (11 Zrinski Square) offers permanent holdings presenting European paintings from the 14th to 19th centuries,[38] and the Ivan Meštrović Studio, (8 Mletačka Street) with sculptures, drawings, lithography portfolios and other items, was a donation of this great artist to his homeland The Museum and Gallery Center (4 Jesuit Square) introduces on various occasions the Croatian and foreign cultural and artistic heritage. The Art Pavilion (22 King Tomislav Square) by Viennese architects Hellmer and Fellmer who were the most famous designers of theaters in Central Europe is a neo-classical exhibition complex and one of the landmarks of the downtown. The exhibitions are also held in the impressive Meštrović building on Zrtava Fašizma Square — the Home of Croatian Fine Artists. The World Center "Wonder of Croatian Naïve Art" (12 Ban Jelačić Square) exhibits masterpieces of Croatian naïve art as well as the works of a new generation of artists. The Modern Gallery (1 Hebrangova Street) comprises all relevant fine artists of the 19th and 20th centuries.

There are about 20 permanent or seasonal theaters and stages. The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb was built in 1895 and opened by emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. The most renowned concert hall is named "Vatroslav Lisinski", after the composer of the first Croatian opera was built in 1973.

Animafest, the World Festival of Animated Films, takes place every even-numbered year, and the Music Bienniale, the international festival of avant-garde music, every odd-numbered year. It also hosts the annual ZagrebDox documentary film festival. The Festival of the Zagreb Philharmonic and the flowers exhibition Floraart (end of May or beginning of June), the Old-timer Rally annual events. In the summer, theater performances and concerts, mostly in the Upper Town, are organized either indoors or outdoors. The stage on Opatovina hosts the Zagreb Histrionic Summer theater events.

Zagreb is also the host of Zagrebfest, the oldest Croatian pop-music festival, as well as of several traditional international sports events and tournaments. The Day of the City of Zagreb on the November 16 is celebrated every year with special festivities, especially on the Jarun lake near the southwestern part of the city.

From Wikipedia

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How to Address Cards/Thanks for all the birthday cards!

Just an FYI:

To send me a letter it must be addressed as follows:

Kathryn Ashby
C/O Familie Kastenmiller
Tannenstrasse 23
85579 Neubiberg
Germany

I've been getting a lot of cards addressed to family Kastenmi without a zip code and I have to pick these up at the post office, they cannot be delivered to my address.

I really appreciate all the cards and I would like to say a special thank you times a million to:

Ashley,
Bobbie Sue,
Jeff, Jenni and Jake (thanks for the picture he is adorable),
Nanny and Beau (for the birthday cards and the Halloween card),
Mom and Dad (all the birthday cards and the Halloween cards),
Anthony, Holly, Jack, and Janie,
Ann and Edwin,
Faye and Junior,
Kay,
Junior Everette,
Micheal,
Micheal, Larry, and Greg,
Kim,
The Ashby-Roten Reunion Crew,
Sue,
Craig and Betty,
Grandmother Grooms,
Daryrl,
if you sent me a card and don't see your name please send me an e-mail, it's probably here I just have to go pick it up.

I've been sending out lots of postcards, If you didn't have a return address on the envelope and haven't received a postcard yet please send me and e-mail with your address so I can send you one (kashby@guilford.edu).

Thanks again for all the birthday wishes, I had a great time and it was so nice reading cards from the people I love at home!

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German Toilets

just so you know

This one is self-cleaning:

This is Steve's toilet, it has a shelf where things stay even after you flush:

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New Video: Journey to the Grocery Store

I just figured that it might be interesting to see the little things that I do everyday:

So...Everyday Video Journal Pt One: Grocery Store

This is my Grocery Store, at the grocery store today Steve and I bought: Soy milk, cereal, box meal-nurnberger sausages, Chips and Salsa, Olives.....AND BIRTHDAY CAKE-Gingerbread House.

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My New House, and Birthday Thanks

Here is a video tour of my new house, I share it with Katie Adams and Sarah Munro, please excuse the mess, two of our friends from the US came to visit this week and have been at our house everyday.

Here is Apartment Tour Part One:

Here is Apartment Tour Part Two:

Thanks for all the Birthday wishes:

Thanks again for all the birthday wishes, it means a lot.

I miss all of you and love you.

See you in December!

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Munich Week Five

Oktoberfest Week One

Monday:

Today was mine and Steve's anniversary.

Today was also the day that Guilford reserved a table for us at Oktoberfest. They paid for two free mass and a half a chicken. Luckily we were able to get a Radler (half beer half sprite) if we wanted to, which is what I went for, since I don't drink often two mass (two liters) of beer wouldn't have been a good idea. We were in the Hofbrau tent, which is a nice one, but not the most famous.

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Tuesday:

Tonight I went to dinner with Steve. We found a small Italian restaurant in Neubiberg. We both got a spaghetti dish with Apfel Schorle. It was really good and not too expensive.

Wednesday:

Today was Botany. I really like my class but I hate having to get up so early to get into the city in time for class. It is probably my favorite class that I'm taking here, but it's not as easy as I was expecting.

After class, Steve and I went to the Pommes Boutique where we got fries and Steve got some Currywurst. Which was tasty. After Pommes we stopped at Tchibo to put more money on our phones.

Thursday:

Today we had German class at 11:30 which was eh...it's not my favorite class. We got our essay assignment today. We have to write a four page essay on the Three Penny Opera.

Friday:

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Saturday:

Today Steve gave me the rest of my anniversary gift, he gave me a Stieff hedgehog named Sigi and a Seal named mable.

Sunday:

Today Steve and I went to Regensburg. It's such a beautiful city it is set on the Danube river. It has a huge Dom (Cathedral) in the center of town. We found a small vietnamese restaurant where we both got lunch for a total of 10 euro with our drinks. Then we found our hostel which was only about a five minute walk from the Hauptbahnhof.

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