The first trip of the semester was a stunning success. Although, the day turned out to be cloudy and rainy, a total of seventy two people joined us on this trip, thanks to the strategic planning and tireless efforts of the marketing team of BI. We took the train for an hour-long amazing train journey to Eisenach. The participants came from different parts of the world and we encouraged them to interact with each other. We hiked from the train station to the castle enjoying every bit of our journey to the fullest, chatting, taking pictures and enjoying the nature around us. The tour guide was very kind to allow us to split into two groups as we massively outnumbered the allowed participant limit of 25 people. We enjoyed listening to the guide while strolling through the narrow passages of the old castle. A breathtakingly beautiful canopy of forest was visible from the top of the hill. On our way back, we stopped at an ice cream place in the old city. The responses of the overjoyed participants was truly overwhelming.
The welcome party was a successful and unexpectedly well attended event. The party was initiated with a flea market. Leaflets with lists of upcoming events were distributed and explained to the people. Two posters were used to encourage attendants to share some information about their countries of origin and customs of greetings. This triggered friendly conversations between strangers from all over the world. The interaction slowly picked up as more people joined in and the party started on its full swing. A great attraction of the party was the delicious international food prepared and served by the Culinar Culture team. The party went on until the late hours of the night as people chatted, ate, drank and danced. We thank all the organizers and collaborators for their hard work that made this event an unforgettable experience.
Saturday, May 24th 2014
It was a wonderful day in the heart of Thüringen: The sun was shining, 14 international students and two organisors from Bauhaus Internationals were motivated and the three castles "Drei Gleichen" were impressive for everyone.
In the morning we went by train to Wandersleben, 20 kilometers west of Erfurt, and started the 15 kilometer hiking tour along "Burg Gleichen", "Mühlburg" and the famous "Wachsenburg" castle. In between, we enjoyed the beautiful landscape of Thüringen: Trees, fields and and so much green bathing in warm sunlight.
The tour ended in Haarhausen train station from where we went back to Weimar with a big smile on our face. We all made new friends among the international students and have happy memories of that day!