A Student Abroad

Living and Traveling Around Europe.

The Cathedral

So I realize that it has been quite awhile since my first post and I hope you will forgive my lack of a reliable internet source. However, now that I am well taken care of in that arena I hope to be posting quite regularly.

Yesterday, I was able to tour the Cathedral of our Lady of Strasbourg. Completed in 1439, it was for over 400 years the tallest structure in Europe and considered by many to be one of the finest example of Romanesque architecture.

Despite the fact that I had heard of its insane beauty before i arrived, I was certainly not prepared for just how overwhelming its presence truly is. It towers over you as you turn the corner of Place Gutenberg  and the first thing you notice is unbelievable level of ornate  detail on the outer facade.  The interior is no less stunning….thousands of candles guide your way past displays of 14 century Christian relics and the stain glass windows highlight the beauty the massive chamber.

What truly fascinated me was the astronomical clock. Standing over 18m high and over 300 years old it is a astounding piece of art, capable of telling solar time, equinoxes, the sign of the zodiac and the phases of the planets. At 12:30 figurines of the 12 apostles emerge from the clock and make their journey around the clock face past Christ. An angel, meanwhile turns over an hourglass.

If you come on a weekday you are also allowed to climb all the way to the top of the tower and are treated to breathtaking view of the surrounding city.

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September 24, 2010 Posted by | Strasbourg | , , , | 1 Comment

Culture Shock

Hey everyone! This is the first of what I hope will be a lengthy series of posts documenting my time in Europe. Sadly, internet has so far been very hard to come by so I apologize head of time if it takes a bit of time for me to be able to post with regularity.

For those of you who don’t know me my name is Michal and I am an American student from Northern Arizona University in Arizona. This semester I will be doing a semester abroad at the University of Strasbourg in France. I truly hope that these next four months will be an amazing adventure with memories that will last a lifetime.

I landed on Tuesday in Geneva and then took the train north across the French border to Strasbourg.  Finding the train station turned out to be a bit of a hassle, as I was lugging around two very heavy suitcases and a much too full backpack. It also didn’t help that I had zero idea where the train station was in relationship to the airport. After a few hour of consistently getting lost I did manage to make my train. The view of the Swiss and French countryside did not disappoint.

Twenty-Three  hours after my flight left LA I finally arrived in Strasbourg. The city itself on first glance is ridiculously pretty, French and German architecture have mixed to create a classic European look I cant tell you how much I am looking forward to wandering these streets and going picture crazy.

 

September 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

   

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