September 23, 2011

Student Blog by Bethany Kemming: AMBEX update


Aha! I have found a photo of Regensburg and the Donau (Danube) River. It’s wonderful. I’ve halfway become more of a morning person, mostly because running along the river in the morning is so gorgeous that I actually want to get out of bed.

1. Class
Right now we are over halfway through Christian Worldview and Apologetics with Dr. Baker from Corban University. It’s been good. The best part of this class was…

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller in downtown Weimar. One could say they were best of friends.

2. The weekend tour of Weimar! 
This consisted of a trip to Flossenbürg Concentration Camp, Nietzsche’s house, downtown Weimar, Goethe’s house, Liszt’s house, Schiller’s house, and Buchenwald Concentration Camp. Overall, an incredibly informative weekend and a fun one too. I tried a bratwurst in Weimar and it was incredibly good, and I’m not usually a bratwurst fan so you should trust me.
Flossenbürg is where Bonhoeffer spent his last days and was executed and Buchenwald is where Paul Schneider was a prisoner and was killed. If you don’t know who he is: ( or

Where Bonhoeffer was executed, along with others who were involved in the plot to assassinate Hitler. Loosely translated, the sign reads "In resistance against dictatorship and terror, they gave their lives for freedom, rights, and human dignity."
It was incredibly humbling and also encouraging to hear their stories of following Christ in the hardest of places. Both of them truly suffered for Christ, living out Mark 10:29-30 Jesus said, ‘Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.”
3. Dessert for lunch.
Twice now we have had dessert for lunch, and it’s been delicious. Apple strudel and these cinnamon bun-type things. I don’t know why this is common, or if it is even common and not just unique to the youth hostel, but it’s wunderbar.
4. Ich spreche nur ein klein wenig Deutsch.
^ I still only speak a little German, but it’s coming. I can ask for phone numbers, introduce myself formally and informally, and count to 20. :)

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