The conference was intense. Lots of papers in English and German with simultaneous translation. But it was very interesting and great to meet up with people we already knew and make some new friends.
On the last day of the conference the organisers had scheduled a tour in the afternoon. We all piled on a big bus and headed to Wittenberg. Wittenberg is the centre of the Protestant Reformation, so for a group of historians this was pretty exciting. Unfortunately 90% of the buildings connected to Martin Luther are currently covered with plastic and scaffolding as the town prepares for the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg church in 2017.
Even so, it was an amazing place to visit.
There were lots of pretty buildings.
I love the details around the window.
We did get to see Martin Luther’s house, which is now a museum.
I’ve always thought of Martin Luther as looking like this.
Rather large and stout, so it was interesting to see this sketch of him in his much younger years while he was still a monk.
There was also a statue of Martin Luther’s wife.
During the tour I spotted a yarn store and detached myself from the tour for some quick yarn purchases.
I haven’t decided what I’m going to make with it yet, but I’m pleased with them. These yarn purchases did result in the loss of the tour group. Gorgeous Man and I did manage to find them again after about half an hour. We knew where they were going to end up, so we were never in any danger of being left behind…
The day ended with a concert in the Leipzig concert hall. It was a great end to our time in Germany.
Then it was time to head to Poland.