Today, we got our first chance to attend a full morning of classes at Einstein! Ashford students got the chance to sample several classes, including Mathe (Math), Bio (Science), ILZ (Study Hall), Deutsch (German), Latein (Latin), and Englisch (English). Depending on the class, our students noticed a few differences between US and German schools. For example, in many classes, students stand to greet their teachers. Most classrooms have chalkboards that move, and students carry their backpacks to classes with them. There are also longer breaks between classes (in some cases, 20 minutes long) where students have the option to go outside.
After their morning lessons, students headed to the cafeteria for lunch. They had many choices for lunch, including salad, pasta, and three hot meals. By far, the most popular dish was Kaiserschmarrn mit Apfelmus, which is a type of sweet dough (similar to a pancake) with an apple sauce.
After lunch, we met at the Big E for a tour of Wiedenbrück, the other part of town. Rheda-Wiedenbrück is a both very old town and a very young town- the first written mention of Rheda-Wiedenbrück was in the year 1088, though it is thought that the first church may have been built as early as 785! Some of the buildings around the city, like the castle tower, are over a thousand years old. They are preserved as historical sites. We also saw many buildings dating from the 1500s. It was amazing how old parts of the city are!
It’s also a young town, because until the year 1970, the towns Rheda, Wiedenbrück, Batenhorst, Lintel, Nordrheda-Ems and St.Vit were seperate areas. They were combined in 1970 to form Rheda-Wiedenbrück, very similar to the way that Connecticut towns Vernon and Rockville combined in 1965.
To learn more about history of the city of Rheda-Wiedenbrück, or about town life in general, please visit:
Frau Dixon and Frau Davis led us on a guided tour through the Flora Westfalica Park on our way to Wiedenbrück, describing the architectural significance of the buildings and sites as we passed by. We learned a lot of facts about buildings in Germany- for example, did you know that only three roof angles are allowed in the town of Rheda- Wiedenbrück?
Our tour also included the old Wiedenbrück church, which was built in 785. In the top window of the church, you can still see damage from a cannon ball that struck the church during the Thirty Years War.
Another great day in the books! For more pictures, check out the slideshow below: