Well, as usual plans have changed. Rather than Stuttgart on Saturday, we'll be doing München this coming weekend. Should be good, though! I'm still excited, and the weekend wasn't wasted. Spent a lot of time walking around. It turns out there are a bunch of farms right near here. More than I'd expected. I spent most of yesterday exploring further, and finally juts gave up and walked to Handschuhsheim, one of the connected areas that makes up Heidelberg. I didn't know what I was doing at the time, of course; there's a church spire that I can always see on the horizon pushed up against the mountains, and I just started walking towards that. Wouldn't have taken quite as long had I not also spent so much time wandering around, back and forth on the roads running between the farms. I've also been picking and pressing flowers. Silly, right? But there are a remarkable number of wildflowers around here. It's quite lovely. Guess I'll have to make a scrapbook when I get back. +shiver+ Anwhow, I have a bunch of botanic garden pictures as well, but they're taking a long time to upload, so I expect I'll do that tomorrow instead.
I first noticed this area while...jogging. Yes, jogging. I just don't want to get home and have everyone say "oh god, what happened to you, please go back to Germany". It's really not far. In fact, the first stretch of farm pictures were taken from only this far away...
So. Here we are. I still find it surprising how close all of this is. Either I'm living in the middle of nowhere, or the land here is used differently. Either way, though, I like it.
There are varied crops being grown here. Wheat possibly, cabbage, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflower, grapes... But I'll come back to some of that later.
Here's me trying to be all artsy, and failing.
Although see those buildings in the background? That's where I ended up walking to.
Apparently, one can come here and buy honey! Kind of cool. If you look carefully, you can see some of the hives in the background.
This was just picturesque. We're about three streets down by this point.
So, tomatoes. There are tons of these enclosures around. Usually tomatoes and strawberries. Thought it might make a good photo, but I'm still not convinced it actually did.
And some strawberries...
And...cauliflower! I thought this was super-cool, so you get two pictures.
So, I walk some more and end up in town again. I think, 'hmm, where exactly am I?' Thankfully the area was well-labelled.
Pretty typical. I started heading immediately for the church, because, well, that's what I was there for.
So, here it is. I forgot it was actually a Sunday and tried to walk in. Thankfully I chose the back doors first and realized what day it was before I opened the front doors and barged in.
I was surprised at this. The thing's not much more than 100 years old!
From there, I noticed this ruin across the street. My map tells me that it's the 'Ruine Tiefburg', but I couldn't investigate too much. As I started walking around it, about 20 people on bikes bearing yellow FDP flags rode up, which made me a little uncomfortable. Anyway, the place was closed up. Got some pictures of the outside, though.
Outside of this castle was a little sitting area with two things. One was this, in front of a tree. It's talking about how the tree was planted to represent the friendship between Handschuhsheim and some place in Ukraine.
The other is this, a WW2 memorial. It's amazing how deeply it really runs in the German mindset. It is impossible to avoid.
So... I'm not sure if that was actually all of my pictures or not. The computer decided to mess up as they were uploading, so I imagine there were a few left behind. But it's not as though you're lacking in things to look at here!
I guess I'll tack a couple of food things on the end here, as I seem to have a few minutes before I need to go to class. The first, well... the picture will speak for itself. I hope you understand why I absolutely had to buy this.
Oh yes. And it tasted exactly as you'd imagine. Not bad, but very odd.
This, though, is possibly the strangest thing I've bought here. They look all colourful and soft, right?
That's what I was expecting, at least. As such, I was very surprised when I bit into something flavourless with the texture of styrofoam. Inside, however, is this sour, fruit flavoured powder. The best thing to do with these is to suck on them til the shell kind of melts a little. Weeeeeeeird. Also quite good, though!