Mr. Globetrotter in Dresden, Germany

Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden

Mr. Globetrotter arrived in Hellerau at Heiner and Tanja’s house. Hellerau is a suburb of Dresden, the capital of the state of Saxony in eastern Germany. Berlin and Prague are 2-hours away by car or by train.

People in Saxony enjoy drinking beer especially the local Pilsner and they like to eat hearty meals like Schweinshaxe (pigs knuckle).
(By the way – it is a big myth that germans always eat sausages, brats ect… not true! Similar thing with the ‘german chocolate cake’: There is none of that in germany – some immigrant must have made that up…..)

Dresden is also famous for its Christmas Cake called Dresdner Stollen which has lots of butter, almonds, raisins and candied fruits in it.

The language spoken in Dresden is German with a strong local dialect called Sächsisch which sounds quite funny and is often made fun of by Germans from other areas.

People in our neighbourhood have shown how they care when Heiner had a bad accident with his bicycle and broke his spine. They came by our house with presents and books and movies to watch and were very caring and participating in his recovery.

The center of Dresden was destroyed at the end of world war 2. Every year Neonazis are trying to use the city of Dresden as a stage for their propaganda marches where they carry stupid banners with messages that ignore the Holocaust and messages of hatred and disrespect for other cultures and nationalities through our beautiful city. The people in Dresden are showing how peaceful they are by blocking the streets and the traintracks, therefore making it impossible for neonazis to march through Dresden. We are very proud that this has worked well for the last 2 years and the Neonazis were not able to march through Dresden at all.

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Mariana Castaneda’s Mr. Globetrotter

Image Mr. Globetrotter began his journey in my office two weeks ago in Cleveland, Ohio at the Center for Families and Children. He came in, sat at my desk and spent a few hours with me. One of the things that he learned is the main way you can be caring to people is just to “smile.” In my office, we deal with individuals that have lots of needs and are going through all types of situations, and the best way to begin to find out what their needs are, is just to start the conversation off with a smile.

The holidays are real festive in the Castaneda Family. One of our traditions is to get together during Thanksgiving. We usually go to Great Wolf Lodge for Thanksgiving and have a big family dinner. All the children have fun by playing in the water and some of the adults just lounge around the pool.  It is great to see family from everywhere. Maybe Mr. Globetrotter will catch up with us by Thanksgiving or Christmas. If not, I am hoping he will be at the table and wherever he is on his journey, his picture will be taken.

Arlene Castaneda

 

The Adventure Begins

Mr. Globe Trotter departed Campus International School in Cleveland Ohio to begin his long journey. The students were sad to see him go but are excited to hear about all of the amazing places he will visit and meet the new friends he will make. Safe travels!