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The Change - Die Wende

 

 

We Are Europe

 

 

Today is the 5th day for me here in Marienthal and it also is the 25th of September.

I and Sofie from Sweden decided to go to the “big” city here in Marienthal: Ostritz.

We took a walk down the river and it did not take that long, so before 10 a.m. where we were in the city. On the way down, we saw the beautiful lake, a lot of houses and more people than here in Marienthal.

Eventually when we came to the middle of the city we did take some time in the few small shops. We decided to buy some ice-cream and to

continue our walk.

We went into a church, but unfortunately, it was closed. It was a really nice church.

When we were in the supermarket, we were pretty surprised. Due to the fact, that Sofie is from Sweden, she was surprised by the cheap prices.

Then we talked home.

 

On our way home did we passed some more beautiful houses and some cows which we think did want us to give them food.

When we came back from Ostritz it was time for lunch. Today did we get potatoes-soup with sausage.

Tonight it is two countries who will have their national-night, hope it will be some fun!

Today I was able to experience the “spot-workshop“ first-hand.

They started filming after creating a script and preparing costumes. Every country that got introduced had its own theme. We always practiced the scene before we actually filmed it. Sometimes we even changed the script quickly because we came up with a better idea or because it did not work out as we thought it would.

At the end of the day, I can say it was fun to help them.

The Band is one of the most popular workshops in the seminar. We talked to Annetta Sinedenius, she is the leader of the Workshop.

Can you tell me something about your workshop, what are you doing?

“We are playing and singing together. There’s a special theme for this year, the “Berlin wall”, so when I choose the songs, they are songs that could fit in to the topic so I choose “Wind of change”, songs about what was happening in Berlin, or songs that young people know, we work with the songs, we learn the melody. We worked this week in the, I think Monday, some time to get to know each other, so I think from Tuesday we’re gonna work until Friday and we perform our songs on Saturday.”

How long have you been in charge of this workshop?

“This is my third year here.”

Why is your workshop important for this seminar?

“Music is universal thing. Everybody plays something or like it, so this is an inspiration, like writing or making photos. Music is the beautiful thing to do.”

How much members you have in the band?

“There are two boys who playing and, I think four girls that sing. “

What are you think about the topic of the seminar?

“This year, I think the theme of the seminar is very good, but it is very clear that, so we visited Bautzen and the prison.”

 

We were also talking to Caroline from Poland and to Ieve from Lithunia.

“In the band I play the violin. Sometimes we are singing some songs, which I don’t know , but I like my group and I enjoy that I am here.”

Ieve, Lithuania.

“Most of the time I play the guitar and I like playing with Kamil. And why lie, I think that we are good here. We will all make a good performans hopefully.”

Right after breakfast we set out for Bautzen. We had been about an hour on the bus when we arrived the memorial site Bautzen II. A young woman guided us through the complex.

First, we looked at “normal” jail cells where the prisoners lived. Our guide told us among other things about an attempted escape. After that, we visited the detention cells and listened to a statement of a former prisoner who spent 51 days there. Some of us had already been to Bautzen during previous seminars; however, what we saw next was new to all of us: the courtyard.

Over all, everyone enjoyed the tour. It was not only interesting to hear personal stories of prisoners, but it also made it possible to emphasize with them.

At noon we went on to the center of Bautzen where we had some free time. Some went shopping, some for a stroll and some just enjoyed the warm weather.

Tonight there is going to be a retrospection of 20 years St. Marienthal seminars.

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