Today, after having taken a temporary break to find new resources for my blog and to keep up with my academic work, I can finally share some info about the city in which I am (since almost one month…unbelievable!!!)
*It’s a city with about 148.000 inhabitants, situated in Northrhein-Westfalen, in the west of Germany.
*Its history began with Charlemagne, who had a castle built during his campaign of conquer in 777.
*The name “Paderborn” comes from the river Pader, which flows in areas located in the city centre. Around the river there is a pedestrian area which, therefore, invites everyone to stop for a nice break (See the picture below).
*Two important buildings are the city hall and the cathedral. Currently they are being renovated, so I only post the picture that has been put on the front facade of the town hall: in this picture it’s possible to notice at least some carachteristics of it. As far as the cathedral, only part of it has been chosen for the renovation works, so you can admire some gotic details which contribute to its general beauty. It has a 92 m tower and in the crypt there are the remains of Saint Liborious, arch bishop and patron of the city. In the cloister there is a symbol you should notice, that is three rabbits which should have two ears, but together they create a visual effect leading us to see only one ear for each. The final form is a triangle, which symbolizes fertility.
*In the city surroundings there are important historical sites: I visited one of these, Wewelsburg castle, as I went there last week. There’s currently an exhibition inside it, which I find particulary interesting, whose title is “Ideology and Terror of the SS”. As I wanted to respect the museum rules, I only post one picture of the exterior side of the castle.
After having described the city, I’d like to write something about a German night, organized by Eurobiz students. It was, as you can clearly understand, a good chance of trying German food and of listening some typical songs. In the pictures there are some examples of what they made: sausages, pretzel, puree potatoes salad (with and without meat) and chocolate pudding. I would like to participate again to a similar event and what I find interesting is the idea of giving all students the chance of organizing similar nights, obviously with the choice of what can represent their own culture in the best way. Consequently, I wish to be able to organize an Italian night with Erasmus students coming from other Italian universities.
I hope you liked this article and I’ll keep you posted about how my experience is going on.