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Kinostereotypenabend

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,...

Schildkröten in Waldsee !

Published: June 27, 2009

Every year in June, Minnesota snapping turtles come up from Turtle River Lake to lay eggs, often in and around Waldsee. This year, we've seen quite a few! The whole process -- choosing a location, digging a hole, laying the eggs, and finally covering them up -- takes a few hours. Last night, the Schnaveltier ("The Platypus," Waldsee's newspaper) carried a story about the Schildkröten (turtles), which you can read below. There is also a short video of three turtles in which you can...

Geheimbetreuer in einer Kiste !

Published: June 25, 2009

Every day at Mittagessen (lunch), we find out ... who is the Secret Counselor in the Box? Villagers can ask seven yes-or-no questions to try to determine who is in the box. The Betreuer or Betreuerin uses the "Yes" and "No" holes to answer. Common questions include: Bist du ein Mädchen? ("Are you a girl?"), Has du blonde Haare? ("Do you have blond hair?"), and Spielst du die Gitarre? ("Do you play the guitar?"). After we have figured out who the Betreuer is, we ask them: Wer...

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