European tour photos, Wes Carlson

Relaxing in our home stay in Sibiu, Romania.

Relaxing in our home stay in Sibiu, Romania.

Old cathedral in Medias, Romania, one amazing, healing concert.

Old cathedral in Medias, Romania, one amazing, healing concert.

Boat cruise in Budapest

Boat cruise in Budapest

Modra, Slovakia. A church that lacks the type of beauty we may have expected, but provided a space for healing.

Modra, Slovakia. A church that lacks the type of beauty we may have expected, but provided a space for healing.

Austria views with friends

Austria views with friends

breathtaking cathedral inside and out, Vienna, Austria.

breathtaking cathedral inside and out, Vienna, Austria.

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Becoming our alter egos in Venice. The water was getting to us.

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Florence tours and culture

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The leaning tower of Pisa! Classic

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A quaint church on the countryside that got to keep its historic art.

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International School of Milan, after a concert with an amazing audience of children, I helped these 6th graders work on a project about maintaining composure and camaraderie during competitive sports.

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The Duomo in Milan, Italy

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Visiting the vineyards in Michelbach, Germany.

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Saying goodbye to this little hell raiser, his companion ship for a couple days was so much fun.

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Jeremy so excited that we were finally in France, his homeland.

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Caitlin and I admiring the church that our Wartburg chapel was modeled after in Neuendettelsau

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Walking along the wall in Rothenburg, Germany.

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Drinking his son’s brew and using google translate to help our wonderful conversations. We didn’t let language barriers affect us.

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Outside the automobile museum in Eisenach, Germany. Everyone singing their words because of my wonderful idea!

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The Wartburg Castle!

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Saying goodbye to our amazing host mothers that let us stay with them at the motherhouse.

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A breathtaking city with amazing architecture. The Blue Mosque is crazy cool.

Admiring the view of the Asia side of Istanbul. The closest I've ever been to a fourth continent!

Admiring the view of the Asia side of Istanbul. The closest I’ve ever been to a fourth continent!

 

Tour Photos, Ryan Henkel

Standing on top of the watch tower at the Wartburg Castle.

Standing on top of the watch tower at the Wartburg Castle.

Cultures collide in Istanbul, Turkey.

Cultures collide in Istanbul, Turkey.

Our host family in Eisenach, Germany.

Our host family in Eisenach, Germany.

Getting pumped up for our concert in the Wartburg Castle!

Getting pumped up for our concert in the Wartburg Castle!

An ancient Wartburg Squirrel carving.

An ancient Wartburg Squirrel carving.

A gorgeous space to sing in at Colmar, France.

A gorgeous space to sing in at Colmar, France.

Vineyards surrounding a beautiful view of the countryside in Oringhen, Germany.

Vineyards surrounding a beautiful view of the countryside in Oringhen, Germany.

A new building was erected and connected to the destruction of the church during WWII, in Stuttgart, Germany.

A new building was erected and connected to the destruction of the church during WWII, in Stuttgart, Germany.

The Swiss Alps.

The Swiss Alps.

Me and the boys taking a boat ride in Venice, Italy.

Me and the boys taking a boat ride in Venice, Italy.

A hidden treasure room.

A hidden treasure room.

Most Romania homes had beautiful gardens where they grew their own fruits and vegetables.

Most Romania homes had beautiful gardens where they grew their own fruits and vegetables.

Pictures from International Tour 2014

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Istanbul, Turkey! What a great view!

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Thanks for a great four years everyone!

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Trying to look cool at the Wartburg Castle!

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Drink a casual beer on the street? No big deal!

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Largest Gothic cathedral in the world…Milan, Italy!

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Checking out the view from the castle in Venice!

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Watching the opera in Vienna on the big screen. It was so great to see the support of the arts!

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Sibiu, Romania was an awesome city with much culture. We are in the town square.

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I looked forward to the Blue Mosque and it was better than I imagined!

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Wartburg Castle round two!

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Snow balls in Rothenberg!

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Coo Coo Clocks in the biggest Christmas Store in the WORLD!

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What a great view in Rothenberg!

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Soooo got a little something on the jeans in Milan…thank goodness I have friends to help me out! Thanks Andra:)

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Can’t believe we saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

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St. Marco’s was one of the most astonishing cathedrals I have ever seen! The gold mosaic was astonishing! So blessed to have been able to sing there:)

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Being goofy in Vienna:) We saw the opera on the big screen too- staring one of the Three Tenors!

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We liked taking goofy pictures with people when they fell asleep on the bus…sorry Ben:)

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Wine testing in Modra, Slovakia:)

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Tour in Florence, Italy

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Romania – Fortified Castles

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A back massage was well needed

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Soaking in the wonderful sun and getting ready to start the trip of a lifetime with the people we love

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Budapest. This cathedral books weddings, but only at least 2 years in advance!

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Venice! Only water transportation….wish we had gotten to a gondola ride:(

 

Anne Bomgaars

Building New Bridges – Morgan Dickman

Our host family in Sibiu took us on a "walk" up to the highest part in Sibiu.

Our host family in Sibiu took us on a “walk” up to the highest part in Sibiu.

Our host brother was wonderful.  We were able to practice our German while he practiced English.

Our host brother was wonderful. We were able to practice our German while he practiced English.

The tower in Budapest was absolutely beautiful.

The tower in Budapest was absolutely beautiful.

Being able to attend my first ever wine tasting in the Slovakia wine country.  A true blessing.

Being able to attend my first ever wine tasting in the Slovakia wine country. A true blessing.

Nicole and I were able to find the most amazing nooks and crannies of Vienna, one example is this little off street.

Nicole and I were able to find the most amazing nooks and crannies of Vienna, one example is this little off street.

We were able to watch a opera for free outside on a big screen!

We were able to watch a opera for free outside on a big screen!

What a great place to relax and reflect with the nuns from the Sound of Music singing in the background...humbling.

What a great place to relax and reflect with the nuns from the Sound of Music singing in the background…humbling.

We made our mark on a tree outside the abbey in Salzburg.  Angela, Nicole, Zach, and I are members of that tree forever.

We made our mark on a tree outside the abbey in Salzburg. Angela, Nicole, Zach, and I are members of that tree forever.

Venetian masks make their way back to the states.

Venetian masks make their way back to the states.

Was able to build bridges within the choir by going on a "date" with someone from the choir.

Was able to build bridges within the choir by going on a “date” with someone from the choir.

This was the prettiest church in all of Italy in my opinion.  Ravenna was a great lunch spot.

This was the prettiest church in all of Italy in my opinion. Ravenna was a great lunch spot.

The entrance and garden to the church was wonderful.  Created a great worship space.

The entrance and garden to the church was wonderful. Created a great worship space.

This carousel reminded me of the one at the mall in Mankato...connections!

This carousel reminded me of the one at the mall in Mankato…connections!

These little paintings were all of Florence.  Brought back the simplicity of art.

These little paintings were all of Florence. Brought back the simplicity of art.

My first ever real life sculpture park.  The way these were formed was truly outstanding.

My first ever real life sculpture park. The way these were formed was truly outstanding.

My goons in Regello-Cascia.  Goons for life.

My goons in Regello-Cascia. Goons for life.

Here is one of our "missing Emily Bush" photos by the leaning tower in Pisa.  We were able to connect back to someone in Iowa from thousands of miles away.

Here is one of our “missing Emily Bush” photos by the leaning tower in Pisa. We were able to connect back to someone in Iowa from thousands of miles away.

This man's music touched my heart in the main square of Milan.

This man’s music touched my heart in the main square of Milan.

Music in the park.  Great way to see the culture of not just Milan, but Switzerland with the Expo going on.

Music in the park. Great way to see the culture of not just Milan, but Switzerland with the Expo going on.

Our host father in Ohringhen made little trinkets like this that were all over their garden and home.  Made me really reflect on Curse Upon Iron, and the effects of iron throughout history.

Our host father in Ohringhen made little trinkets like this that were all over their garden and home. Made me really reflect on Curse Upon Iron, and the effects of iron throughout history.

Hello Germany! Rothenburg has been wonderful to us.

Hello Germany! Rothenburg has been wonderful to us.

I felt like at a fancy hotel when we came to Eisenach with chocolate on our pillow at our host stay.

I felt like at a fancy hotel when we came to Eisenach with chocolate on our pillow at our host stay.

Wartburg Auto Hail to Thee! :)

Wartburg Auto Hail to Thee! :)

To think that so many festivals throughout the ages happened in THIS HALL...holy smokes that crazy.

To think that so many festivals throughout the ages happened in THIS HALL…holy smokes that crazy.

Pcol and us at the castle.  Makes me proud to be a Knight!

Pcol and us at the castle. Makes me proud to be a Knight!

Host mom got these for me.  Didn't know my name was famous in Germany!

Host mom got these for me. Didn’t know my name was famous in Germany!

Our neighbors!  We have been able to connect and build relationships with our hosts so much in Eisenach.

Our neighbors! We have been able to connect and build relationships with our hosts so much in Eisenach.

My host family.  They were great!

My host family. They were great!

Being in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul was the most relaxed I had been all trip.  Would love to be able to worship in that space everyday.

Being in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul was the most relaxed I had been all trip. Would love to be able to worship in that space everyday.

Our momma kitty we found outside our church in Istanbul.  She needed just as much love and care as my cats back in the states.

Our momma kitty we found outside our church in Istanbul. She needed just as much love and care as my cats back in the states.

The pillars to the unknown.

The pillars to the unknown.

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Flying with Turkish Airlines

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Dyed eggs from Sibiu, Romania

 

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Checking out fortified churches in Romania

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Connecting with one another through similar music in Budapest, Hungary

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Shoes on the Danube Memorial in Budapest, Hungary

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Wine tasting in the beautiful country Slovakia

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Vienna, Austria

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Trying American food in Austria

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Enjoying the Mirabell Gardens in Salzburg, Austria in the rain

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Beautiful view of Venice, Italy at dusk

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Florence, Italy

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View at the top of our hostel in Florence, Italy

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Fun game of Twister during and Expo in Milan, Italy

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A beautiful piece of art that was created because of a dream

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Vineyards outside of Öhringen, Germany

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Our wonderful host grandmother from Öhringen

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Enjoying some Coca-Cola on our way to Colmar, France

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The steeples that inspired the architecture of the Wartburg Chapel in Neuendettelsau, Germany

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Same cross as the one in our Wartburg Chapel

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The Luther Rose in the back of Nikolaikirche in Eisenach, Germany

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Enjoying some time with great friends in Eisenach, Germany

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Proud to be a Wartburg Knight!

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“Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott”

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Enjoying an afternoon walk with our host parents

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The Wartburg Castle after an amazing concert

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As our host dad says, “This shows our partnership with Waverly”

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Patriotism is found all over Istanbul, Turkey

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A delicious meal looking over at Asia in Turkey

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Experiencing a traditional Turkish meal with traditional belly dancing

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After a long trip with so many new friends, it is time for us to fly back home!

During the past 30 days, we have made music in so many countries and have touched so many lives, and this experience is something I will always cherish.

Bridges have been built.

Katelyn Ewing

 

 

Tour in a Nutshell

Tour in a Nutshell

20140424_091504 Start of a journey. Plane buddies!
20140424_111743 A beautiful sunset as we boarded the connecting flight to Bucharest. Tour has begun.
100_0681 The stray Romanian dogs wanted to come with us. Romania has an awful amount of stray dogs.
100_1053 Visited a church in Sibiu which is dedicated to being environmentally friendly and they had these wooden constructions. It was built to symbolize that while light shines in the windows, the church’s light shines outward with the light of God and that of the church’s dedication to service.
100_1092 Experienced our first church service in all German. This is the hymnal. It was amazing that when we started the Lord’s Prayer, the German and English combined and was a chilling experience.
100_1280 After the longest bus ride of the trip, we got to our house just outside of Budapest where a local band gave us a mini concert. The best part was when they started “Mighty to Save” and while they sang in Hungarian, we sang it in English and it was awesome.
100_1488100_1492 Today in Budapest we went to go see the copper shoes which were put in place to remember those Jews that were killed by being shot into the river. The shoes are there because before they were shot, they were asked to remove their shoes. This was one of the most powerful things we saw on the trip.
100_1529 This is the vineyard behind the church where we sang in Modra. We were housed in the dorms for the wine production school and had a cool wine tasting reception after the concert.
100_1562100_1706 The top picture is the Hunderwasser Haus which we didn’t get to go into but I thought was awesome because that’s what I did our original research on for our prezi. Also, we got to chill and watch the sunset in Vienna from the steps of the library.
100_1883 We rented bikes to go see the Salzburg gardens which were incredibly pretty, even in the rain.
100_1969 This is the church where we would be performing. It was crazy to think that so many people would be coming to the concert that aren’t even from Italy but are just other tourists just like ourselves. So many connections to be made.
100_2107 This is just one of the most picturesque views in Venezia. The streets are a maze but there are some awesome things to be found if you are looking.
100_2115 This was spray painted on a wall in Ravenna where we stopped for lunch. I like it because it shows that we really need to put WWII behind us and throw away those ideas.
100_2223 On our walking tour, the guide pointed out that on many buildings there are these things showing the underside. At one time, they wanted to completely redo the exteriors and make them more modern. Well they left some spots exposed so they could see what it used to look like. I thought that was a really cool.
100_2272 Obligatory Pisa picture.
100_2358 This is our free afternoon in Milano which Haylee and I spent in this beautiful park. It was such a relaxing way to spend the afternoon journaling.
100_2446 This picture is a representation reminder to never enter into another war as we are left to rebuild which is what these blocks symbolize. Such a neat way to serve as a reminder of the destruction of disputes.
100_2571 Tonight before the concert we saw a double rainbow. It was so awesome because we saw both sides of it and the end of on side landed in the vineyard we passed!
100_2631 The one language I almost know and we only spend a day in the country. France has so much more, but here is the quaint street that we saw on our way to find lunch.
100_2659 So many connections. Found out that the spires on the church in Neuendettlesau were the inspiration for the double spires on the chapel at Wartburg. It is such a cool town which also has a dedication to service.
100_2683 Since Neuendettlsau has many connections to Wartburg, we spent a little longer here this morning so we could explore. There was this wonderful little store that sold gifts made by handicap individuals who work in town. This is one of the gifts; I would have bought one, however, he would not have fit in my suitcase.
100_2721 Rothenburg Germany. So many cool shops. I’m not one to like shopping, but they had a lot of cool places. My favorite was the sword shop which had tons of cool things.
100_2756 This is one of the houses in Eisenach that the government is selling and I guess there is talk about starting a Wartburg East program where students can go to Eisenach to study or do an internship. I think this would be a wonderful opportunity and I hope it is seriously considered.
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Today at the Castle, seeing where St. Elizabeth lived, and seeing this mosaic that is part of the story of her life, it really inspired me to find more ways to serve. Born into royalty, she wanted to give back knowing that others had far less than herself so she gave her life to God and promised to serve others.

This second picture I wanted to include as well because for me it was one of the most interesting on the trip. We visited the Bachhaus which had an exhibit on how mathematics and music is related and since that is my major, I got really excited about it.

100_3424 This is my host family from Eisenach. They attended the concert at the Wartburg Castle and it was wonderful to get to share that with them. They are really just the sweetest couple; Katelyn and I really enjoyed our time with them.
100_3438 On our way into Eisenach, found the sign that tells all of their sister cities. Proud to be from one of them!
100_3527 Learning about Islam and respecting their beliefs by wearing a scarf at the Blue Mosque, while we were there today, I felt my own faith growing. We really aren’t that different; Our roots are the same.
100_3911 The underground cistern that we saw was really cool. Dark and mysterious, it is also a source of power because water is so important in the lives of people. The control of the water determines the fate of the people. Good thing they had Medusa heads protecting the cistern. 
100_3961 One final look at Istanbul, we had a wonderful view of the water as we drove to the airport before departing. It was such a beautiful place to end such a wonderful journey.

A wonderful tour with wonderful people.
Alyssa Hanson