A Weekend in Bremen

Last weekend my theatre went on a trip to Bremen. We do this every couple of years just to have fun and do something together outside of the theatre and this year, we set Bremen as our intended destination. I hadn’t been to Bremen before but I liked what I saw and made a mental note to visit the city again some time. Unfortunately though it rained throughout a big part of the trip which makes discovering a city never that great.

On Saturday we visited the city centre, had a tour (via bus because of all the rain) and later went to the Klimahaus in Bremerhaven.

What we saw of the city was really nice and old. One popular German fairy tale involves the Bremer Stadtmusikanten (Town Musicians of Bremen) by the Brothers Grimm that takes place around the city. Actually taking a picture of the famous statue without anyone you didn’t want in the photo was not that easy but I had patience and so here it is:

Not the best angle but at least I don’t have strangers on it either.

One thing you have to see in the town centre is Böttchergasse, a narrow and old street with lots of shops. My favourite shop turned out to be a place where they make candy by hand with all kinds of crazy and cool flavours. You can try the candy before buying it and it’s a great experience.

The Klimahaus is a very interesting kind of museum (if you can call it that), it follows the different climates one finds while traveling along the 8° longitude. The whole thing is based on the travels of one man who started in Bremerhaven and that’s where the visitors journey starts as well. From there you travel south to Africa and its warmer climate.

I got the sand of Africa beneath my feet.
I got the sand of Africa beneath my feet.

It was pretty cool and I didn’t mind the dry heat as much even though I enjoyed  Antarctica and Alaska much more. Dry cold is so much more my thing than humid heat. I couldn’t even stay with my group in Samoa and instead had to go ahead because I couldn’t stand the climate there.

I could have stayed here so much longer...(it was deliciously cold because of real ice)
I could have stayed here so much longer…(it was deliciously cold because of real ice)

This place is pretty amazing and definitely worth a visit even though I might not go there on a Saturday afternoon again because there were So. Many. People. I mean, we alone arrived with 80 people. After over 2 hours spent in the exhibition, I didn’t even read most of the descriptions and barely did any of the interactive stuff that was offered. You could actually spend an entire day there, if you have the time to spare because it’s that amazing.

My favourite part was the tunnel of starts where millions of little lights were installed that flickered and mimicked the night sky over the world. Together with some plinky calm music it was like heaven. I had to take a video of it because when I tried taking a picture, this happened:

Look, I made art, by accident. (I really think it looks pretty damn cool.)
Look, I made art, by accident. (I really think it looks pretty damn cool.)

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On Sunday, right before we drove back home, we had a tour at EADS Astrium, the company that manufactured the Columbus Lab for the ISS. This was right up my alley and the two hours flew by with me gazing at all the amazingness. Unfortunately but understandably we were not allowed to take pictures. Here are some great links though to some space travel related things.

The live real time position of the ISS click

A short film with stunning pictures taken from the ISS click

A tour of the ISS by an ESA astronaut click

There are many more videos available on Youtube alone. NASA has a great social media service (when it’s not suspended due to a government shutdown *cough*) that’s present on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and even Instagram. So check them out if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

All in all I had a great weekend with lovely people and lots of good food. I saw new and interesting places on top of learning new things. What more could I have asked for?


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  • Melbourne on my Mind

    Okay, that photo is totally awesome, even if it wasn’t quite what you intended!! And I hear you on humid heat. It’s the actual worst.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I’m thinking about printing it out as a poster, chop the bottom off and hang it some place because it’s really cool.

  • EmilyHornburg

    I want to see the Bremen Town Musicians statue! (Yes, I do know the story – I’m a fairy tale nerd.) And I love that your theatre goes on trips together. That sounds like so much fun and a great bonding time.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      I wasn’t sure how popular Grimms fairytales were in the US.

      Oh yes, we do. The kids and seniors go on a trip every year only the big trip is only every so often because, well, it’s expensive. It’s a lot of fun.

      • EmilyHornburg

        They’re not crazy popular- but with stuff like Once Upon a Time and such, I think people are trying to find the original stories more now. But I’ve been a fairy tale geek for years. Back in high school I did my senior research paper on the origins of fairy tales and have a big book of all of the Grimm originals.

        • Wilhelmina Upton

          My knowledge on fairy tales is very low because my mom wasn’t a fan of them. I know the basics but that’s it. And you’re right about OUAT even though it’s not my cup of tea it’s quite popular.

          • EmilyHornburg

            They’re really interesting, especially when you look at the origins and such. (Example – the oldest version of Cinderella is from the year 200 in China!) I can understand why people don’t like fairy tales, but I feel when you really dig into them and analyze them, you can learn a lot about society and and life and the morals and such.

          • Wilhelmina Upton

            Definitely. At some point I need to cover fairy tales, I mean, read them, since I only have a basic knowledge.

  • Tim

    I do enjoy your fancy art photo.

    • Wilhelmina Upton

      Haha, thanks :)