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Wilhelm Tell!

Published: June 25, 2009

On Tuesday night in Waldsee, our Abendprogramm told the story of Wilhelm Tell. According to the legend, Wilhelm Tell, an expert marksman, lived in Switzerland (in the canton of Uri) at the end of the 13th century. At the time, the Habsburg Empire had conquered Uri, and the Austrian Hermann Gessler was appointed as its ruler. Gessler erected a pole in the center of town, upon which he hung his hat, and all Swiss citizens were expected to bow before it. When Wilhelm Tell did not bow...

Abendkreis in Waldsee

Published: June 22, 2009

We were delighted to welcome two new groups of villagers to Waldsee today! KTs, who come for two weeks, are taking part in our flagship program (since 1961!). LKTs come for four weeks and receive a year's worth of high-school credit in German. The villagers arrived today at Waldsee's Grenze (border), where they first went to Anmeldung (registration), and then picked a German name on our Namensschilderbaum (a tree filled with name tags!). Then, villagers went to their Haus, where...

Oktoberfest Bankett !

Published: June 20, 2009

Last night, Waldsee gathered for the closing Bankett for the One-Week Exploration villagers (GB18) and the Familienwoche (GB15/GB19) Teilnehmer (participants). König Ludwig II, king of Bavaria from 1864 until 1886, presided over the Oktoberfest. König Ludwig, or Mad King Ludwig, was known for his exhorbitant spending habits, building several extravagant castles, including Neuschwanstein. He mysteriously disappeared in 1886, and his body was later found in the Starnbergersee...


Published: June 19, 2009

Last night in Waldsee, we played an Abendprogramm (evening program) called Wildsaujagd (Wild Boar Hunt)! This Abendprogramm was brought to Waldsee in 1999 by a Swiss Betreuerin (counselor), Uschi. It is an extremely popular camp game in German-speaking countries in Europe. The game is based on a hunting tradition in Germany, where wild-pig hunters used different-colored spears so they could tell who among them had actually killed the pig. In the game, Betreuer are Wildsäue and...

Frühstück in Waldsee !

Published: June 18, 2009

What is a meal like in Waldsee ? This morning for Frühstück (breakfast), we had Brot (bread), weichgekochte Eier (soft-boiled eggs), and Müsli with Mandeln (almonds), Rosinen (raisins), and braunen Zucker (brown sugar). Before we enter the Gasthof, we sing a (very popular!) song called "Wir haben Hunger" ("We are hungry!"). As the villagers walk into the Gasthof, they are greeted with singing by the Betreuer (counselors). Here is a video taped at Frühstück on June...

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