In Germany they used to have large above ground gas tanks called Gasometers. These served as a way to store reserves in case the local supply of gas ran out. Today, most have been taken down but one remains as a local art exhibit hall. It was incredible to see just how large these tanks are in person! Inside we were treated to stunning art work featuring the cycles of life for animals, plants and insects. There were also video clips that directly related to the photos. One of our favorite exhibits was the giant earth they had spinning in the top of the gasometer. You could go to the upper levels and lay under it while watching it orbit. Rotarians from the Wetter club attended with us and helped further describe information on their beautiful area.
In Germany soccer rules when it comes to sporting events. In particular during the euro cup championship which is currently taking place in Paris. During this time when Germany plays various cities host public viewings of the games on big TV’s. We had the chance to attend the one in Berlin that was right behind the famed Brandenburg Gate. The atmosphere was incredible and we loved getting to share Germany’s national sport with them! The best part was the won 2-0!!
Fellow Rotarian and Parliment member Jorg van Essen treated us to a private tour of the federal Parliment buildings in Berlin. We were able to learn how the Getman government works, learn its history, and appreciate first hand their beautiful buildings. The highlight for us was being treated to lunch on top of the Reichtag…their capital building. After lunch we were able to hike to the top of the capital dome. It is clear glass so the view of the city was incredible and is supposed to be symbolic of a transparent government. We could not be more great fun for this once in a lifetime opportunity! The Rotary network and Rotarians are incredible!
We had an incredible time biking in the country side around munster. We saw beautiful scenery as well as old castles and Manor houses.
The day was then capped off with an amazing dinner at restaurant overcame. We had amazing food and great conversation with the Rotarian from Dortmund.
It was an amazing day, like always!
We are into the first few days of our week in Dortmund, having a great time with the Rotary Club of Dortmund. Today we were invited to be guests & present at the weekly meeting. We were greeted with an amazingly warm welcome, that made us all feel very much at home! Special thanks to our host families & the entire Club of Dortmund for this week’s great schedule of events!
Wow, it is hard to believe we are halfway through our experience here in Germany.
We have seen and done so many powerful a day unique things that it has been tough to process through it all.
As a group we have visited 7 cities, attended over 15 vocational experiences, 3 rotary functions, and spent countless more hours on cultural experiences and getting to know the cities we have stayed in.
The next 2 weeks will bring good more of the same and I can’t wait to see what Germany has in store for our group!
I got the opportunity to job shadow Dr. Alexandra von Herbay at the “Evangelisches Krankenhaus Hamm” hospital today. She is a gastroenterologist and is the co-chief of her department. I was able to observe several live medical procedures in her unit and in the emergency room department. Dr. von Herbay is extremely talented at what she does and has a nice demeanor with her patients. Everyone was extremely welcoming of me even though I was not a medical student. I did get to interview several staff members about access to healthcare and standards of care in Germany. A very informative day. And I even got to wear scrubs!