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The members of Meridian High School group that traveled to Germany from left to right - Marsha Iverson, Kimberly Koley, Tyrone Neal, Ed Abdella, Scott Ellis, Edna Fletcher , Lori Lovette, Jaime Kelly, and Pearson Kelly.

 

Story Written By: Pearson Kelly, MHS Senior

 

Germany Trip Outline

Day 1: Travel and Rothenburg tour

Day 2: Rothenburg tour and Munich Walking tour

Day 3: Munich Bus tour and free time

Day 4: Munich Free Time (Museums)

Day 5: Travel to Lucerne

Day 6: Mt. Pilatus

Day 7: Black Forest and Heidelberg

Day 8: Travel Home

 

Spring Break is an event that many students look forward to. During the week of break, some go to the beach, some go to theme parks, and others just stay home and enjoy their time off. However, over this past Spring Break a group of students from Meridian High School spent their break in a very special way by traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to the country of Germany.      

On March 9th, 2014, myself and 8 other people boarded an 8 hour flight to go to Germany. The 9 members of our group included myself, students Scott Ellis and Lori Lovette, MHS librarian Kimberly Coley, Art teacher Marsha Iverson, counselor Tyrone Neal, my mother Jaime Kelly, and, of course, our History teacher and fearless leader Ed Abdella. After we landed in the Frankfurt International Airport, we met our tour guide Lukas and one of the other groups that joined us on our trip, a History class from Missouri. We put our bags on the bus and met another member of our crew, our driver, Klaus. We then traveled from Frankfurt to the quaint town of Rothenburg. Rothenburg looked a lot like an old German village with its cobblestone streets, small houses and shops, and even an old style town square. On the first day, we took a simple guided tour around Rothenburg before going back to our hotel to recover from the traveling.        

The next day we spent more time in Rothenburg, this time mostly on our own. We looked through many of the little shops, took pictures of all the old-style architecture, and went through a beautiful Christmas shop that sold souvenirs, cuckoo clocks, and Christmas ornaments. Later that day, we traveled a few hours to Munich. During that first day in Munich, we went on a walking tour and took in the sights. After our thorough walk through Munich, we ended up at a famous farmers market. In the middle of the farmers market was a traditional German May Pole. The May Pole was a constant presence during our time in Munich and was usually our meeting place. Needless to say we got a little sick of the may pole after a few days.     

The next day, we were given a bus tour of the city by a Munich native. She had a lot of great information about the history and the culture of the big city. We saw a lot of awesome and interesting sights like the Munich Olympic Stadium and the Allianz Soccer Arena. After our Munich bus tour, we traveled a few miles to the Dachau Concentration Camp memorial site. It was, as one would expect it to be, a very sobering experience. To see the pictures and hear the painful, sickening stories that came from that place is something that cannot be described. It is just another reason that these trips are important, so that the new generation will learn about these events and will never repeat them. Finally, we ate dinner and went back to the hotel to prepare for the next day.  

On Wednesday, the other schools from our group went on a side trip to the nearby Salt Mines which gave us plenty of free time to explore Munich on our own. We spent our day by going to two of the art museums in Munich. We went to the Renaissance Art museum which featured some art by Van Gogh. We also went to the Modern Art museum which featured some pieces by Andy Warhol. We spent the rest of our time in the city looking for a gelato shop so that we could enjoy some authentic European gelato, which is like ice cream but with less air.  

On Thursday, we traveled to the Swiss city of Lucerne. On the way, we visited some very beautiful churches and the castle of the eccentric King Ludwig the II of Bavaria. The castle was unique because of its, very purposeful, fairy tale esque architecture. Much of the art in the castle was based off of the operas of Richard Wagner, of whom Ludwig the II was a big fan. After all of the traveling and the sightseeing, we arrived in Switzerland and in the city of Lucerne.  

The next morning we took a walking tour around the big city of Lucerne. Then, ourselves and another one of the schools in our tour group took a small side trip to Mt. Pilatus, a mountain in the Swiss Alps. The view from the top of the mountain was breathtaking, and it was wonderful to experience it with my friends that I had made on this trip. After coming down from the mountain, we spent a bit more time in Lucerne where we did some souvenir shopping and exploring. We then went back to the hotel to prepare for our last full day in Germany.    

On our final day, we traveled through the famous, and hauntingly beautiful, Black Forest. In the Black Forest we went to a shop that makes handmade authentic cuckoo clocks. It was fascinating to see the process of making one of these beautiful clocks and it impressed me that people still hand made them in the first place. Then, we went to the city of Heidelberg. We first visited Castle Heidelberg, which housed a huge wine cask that took up an entire room of the basement. It also had a good amount of wonderful gothic architecture. We then went down to the actual city of Heidelberg, which was frequented by Mark Twain when he visited Germany. It had some beautiful churches and wonderful architecture, but it was mostly just a big city like any other big city. We then went back to the hotel to prepare to travel home.    

The next day was spent in airports and airplanes coming back to the US. This was a wonderful trip full of amazing sights and experiences. Everyone on the trip had so much fun and excitement. I don’t know about the other kids who went on the trip, but my favorite experience was climbing to the top of Mt. Pilatus and taking in the view. Myself and everyone who attended the trip would like to thank the Meridian Public School District School Board for allowing us to take this trip, our Superintendent Dr. Alvin Taylor, and our Principal Victor Hubbard for supporting us as we prepared for this trip. Mr. Abdell alway says that he gives these trips for one reason, “To see the students faces when they see the history that they have only read in books come to life in front of their eyes.”   

Mr. Abdella will be taking a group to Greece next spring break and to Paris and the Riviera in 2016. Anyone interested in attending can contact him by calling Meridian High School and asking to speak with Ed Abdella.


The group in front of the Lion’s Monument in Lucerne, Switzerland.                                           

 

Ludwig II’s childhood home and the inspiration for his own castle.


The Group in front of the Rhine Falls in Switzerland.

 


A home sized Cuckoo clock that we came across in the Black Forest.

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