Day 12: A Münster of a Climb

      Today was the day everyone had been dreading: the climb up the Münster in Ulm. After two weeks of Brad telling us all how dizzy and nauseous and claustrophobic we were going to feel, we all expected the worst. However, I think we were trained well for it in our past climbs up shorter towers.  About 2/3 of the way up the tower was the hardest part, but the view was too spectacular to miss. At the top, as the whole group tried to cluster around a small spindly platform, we were treated with gorgeous views of Ulm and  the river Danube going through the city.  One point of pride that we figured out is that the Cathedral of Learning (at 163 meters) is actually 1 meter taller than the Münster (at 162 meters), which might be why taking the steps up to the top of Cathy is not recommended.  The way down actually seemed to be worse for some of the people in the group. But, we made it to the ground in one piece, and headed out on our city tour.

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This was probably my favorite city tour of the trip. Because Ulm is not as large of a city as some of the others we toured, we got to see some off-the-map spots, such as the most leaning hotel, or the leaning old prison tower. (They seemed really interested in their leaning architecture). I was happy to be able to see that side of a city, instead of just the typical famous spots.

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The city’s most leaning hotel

After our tour, the tour guide dropped us of at our lunch spot, where we got amazing crepes with the whole group. One thing that I learned while there is that ‘spicy’ when translated from German to English does not have the same connotation as it does in America. My ‘spicy’ crepe had steak, mushrooms, and pesto, and it was wonderful. (and, because there was no price limit, my table got a dessert crepe to share!)

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After lunch, we had a little bit of free time, so me and 4 others went on a walk by the river. We dipped our feet into the water (cold!) and walked across the bridge to the other side with plans to cross another bridge and head back to the meeting place. However, we overestimated our time slightly, and our free time ended with a brisk walk back to the meeting place.

After we made it back from Ulm, we had our farewell dinner with the German students. We got Bavarian food for the last time as a group, and I had another great meal of schnitzel.  It was fun to hang out with the university students and hear their reflections on the program, and we were happy to find that they liked the Pitt t-shirts we brought them.  Although it was sad to say goodbye at the dinner, I’m looking forward to the free day tomorrow!

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