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Willkommen in Waldsee !

Published: July 7, 2009

A group of nearly 70 new two-week villagers (known colloquially in Waldsee as KTs) arrived in Waldsee yesterday. After going through Anmeldung (check-in) and confirming their departure plans with our Reisebüro (travel bureau), villagers picked a new name from our Namensschilderbaum (a tree full of name tags!) and found out the name of their Haus (all of our "house" names are names of German, Swiss, or Austrian cities). Villagers then went through Gepäckkontrolle (customs), where...

Tanzabend !

Published: July 2, 2009

Dancing is a big part of German -- and Waldsee -- culture! Here in Waldsee, we do lots of dancing -- dancing at the Disko on Friday or Saturday night, Reientänze (line dances -- particularly the ones made for I-Day every year!), and of course, Standardtänze. On Tuesday night, the KTs (two-week villagers) and some LKTs (four-week credit villagers) participated in a Tanzabend (Dance Night). Villagers were divided into groups, with each group learning three of the following dances:...


Published: July 1, 2009

Sonntag (Sunday) at Waldsee is a special day. We have a slightly more relaxed schedule and often get to do things we might not have time for during the week. This Sunday, we went ins Kino (to the movies)! Each villager bought a ticket to their preferred film: "Asterix und Obelix", "Schuh des Manitus", "Emil und die Detektive" (the subject of a recent Waldsee Abendprogramm, or evening program), or "Lola rennt" (the latter for four-week credit villagers only). After dinner, the...

Wenn’s bayerisch’ Bier regnet

Published: June 29, 2009

Wir singen gern! Here in Waldsee, we sing many types of songs, including Kinderlieder (children's songs), Volkslieder (folk songs), Popmusik (pop songs from Germany, Austria and Switzerland), and of course ... Trinklieder (drinking songs!). These songs are a big part of German culture, particularly in Bayern (Bavaria) at Oktoberfest, which takes place in September and early October. Nearly six million people attend the original 16-day event held in Munich every year. We often have our...

Baking with the Solarofen

Published: June 28, 2009

A few years ago, Waldsee took a giant leap in the direction of sustainability with the construction of the Biohaus. The Biohaus is a certified passive house, which means it has extremely efficient insulation and maximizes the energy available from the sun for heating. The Biohaus is home to campers, staff, and a wide variety of educational science and nature exploration kits. One of the kits is a Solarofen (solar oven), which uses heat from sunlight to bake the food inside. Last Thursday,...

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