Two weeks ago, we went to go see manger scenes. However, these are no ordinary manger scenes. People here make them by hand and they are handed down from generation to generation, with everyone adding more figures as time goes on. The setups are typically displayed in peoples' homes, and of course, end up being huge. Many of the figures have names (other than just the Biblical people) and are modeled after people in the town at the time that the figures are made. Likewise, homes and buildings are added that are miniature replicas of those in the area. In this way, not only is an important Biblical message on display, but also the town's history and character. (By the way, the German word for these are "Krippe.")
I did my best to take pictures of them, but it was hard to fit everything in!
Later that week, we had some absolutely stunning weather, and I was able to take advantage of a block of two free periods to do a bit more exploring of the city. Here are some of my tourist moments:
I also took the time to visit the city's science museum, but unfortunately, barely started on it! It is quite extensive, and I hope to be able to return soon to see more.
|My weight on the sun (and you were worried about your weight!)|
|Not the best quality, but I had never seen a snake drink before!|
|BEAUTIFUL, don't you think?|
|Yes, this is a hotel! I passed this on the outskirts of town - it looks like it should be in a fairy tale!|
Love to All,
P.S. I have passed the halfway mark of my year here! It seems impossible to think that I will be returning after all of this...