disclaimer: this post was written on Friday, and I forgot about it until today…oops
Today I went on a field trip, but no students accompanied me. Once a year the teachers of my school go on an outing together. They invite all the retired teachers and choose a destination and design a program around it. In the past they have gone as far as Dresden and Nancy France. This year they choose to have one day outing in the area immediately surrounding the city. The program was designed around the idea that they have been recently christened a “Biospherereservat,” which appears to mean that they are trying to converse the remaining nature and develop more ecologically friendly farming and urbanization processes.
We started the day at the school with a presentation about the new standing of the city and some bio-bread and some Apfelsec, which was kinda like strong champagne made with apples, what more could you want at 9am?
After the presentation we walked to the old steel factory where it began raining and it didn’t stop the rest of the day. Keep in mind that the last week has been like mid summer over here, and today the temperate dropped and the rain moved in, what bad luck. We quickly saw all the outbuildings and heard about how terrible life was as a steel worker and then retreated from the rain. We moved on to a bio-farm, or organic farm. There we saw the cows and pigs, and an adorable kitten. Needless to say I have no idea what was talked about, I spent the entire time playing with or cuddling the kitten. It was suggested that the kitten return with me, but alas she had to remain in her barn. Oh and we ate some more very good bio-bread, with quark(quark unfortunately does not exist in the US, but it is a bit of a cross between cream cheese, sour cream and yogurt. Odd but tasty.
Then we went to a little town in the area and toured it. I know nothing about this town either, because in between the cows and the town a little old retired and somewhat crazy old teacher decided I should be her companion for the remainder of the day and talked to me about random subject during the entire tour. Plus I was ridiculously cold by this point, as was my little old lady who had not brought anything to keep her dry and was wet clear through. I tried to keep her under my umbrella, but she wandered off a lot and refused to take the umbrella with her.
Finally we went to dinner where I sat next to my little old lady and across from a very old Nun. The three of us had some unusual conversations, but for the most part I think we all understood each other. I had some darn good spatzle with vegetables and some very tasty sparkling apple juice! A very successful meal in my opinion. I only returned home about twenty minutes ago, or quarter to nine my time, so it was really a very full day.
I think everyone enjoyed themselves and I was impressed that almost every teacher came, even though it was not required. It was also interesting to note that field trips with teachers operate about the same as with kids, there was always someone in the back making jokes during presentations, and everyone seemed to get amnesia when it came to remembering their dinner orders, resulting in one of teachers going from table to table and telling the others what they were going to have for dinner, a fairly amusing sight to see. Anyway TTFN, and all you teacher types out there should think about adopting this most interesting tradition.