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

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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

 

 

Transcending Language Barriors with Wartburg Choir – Mari Butler

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We can understand Patriotism. The Turkish flag was everywhere!

Water Bus

Things were different, but concepts were the same. The public transportation in Venice: water buses.

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So much history – check us out at Dante’s tomb!

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Luther’s room, where he translated the Bible into German so that even the peasants could read the word of the the Lord.

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Feeling at home across the ocean in Eisenach.

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We spent a romantic, drizzly night in France. The place of love and lights. Technically, I think that’s Paris, but I was just so happy to be back in France, I don’t care. I was able to order my food in French! I have missed that. 🙂

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Familiar German words! I can’t say I missed the Kdit back home – European coffee cannot be trumped!

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It’s hard to find the words to describe the deep connection we now have to this place… the symbolism of the statue, the way our chapel mimics this one’s design… it’s all very meaningful and has been instilled forever in our hearts.

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Possibly the most beautiful church in the world, places like the Duomo connected us through religion wherever we went.

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Our host sisters in Oringing, Germany!

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Art transcends time and language and transforms meaning into emotion and universal understanding. Simply breathtaking.

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Beauty and love even in the most unexpected places…

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We sang in a Roman church in the Tuscany countryside. the message of our music always drew a crowd. The connection we made to communities was arguably more beautiful than “O Magnum.”

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Bonding on a beautiful day!

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Making Slovakian friends…

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Just as we can communicate with our music, music can communicate to us! We loved listening to a Strauss/Mozart concert in Austria!

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One of my favorite parts of tour was the connections and friends I now have across the world. How amazing is that? This is Klaus, our homestay in Romania.

Ayo! Tour bus translator out!

This was a castle in Ireland that Jason and I visited pre-choir tour. It was owned by the Boyle family, one of which is well known in the chemistry world.

This was a castle in Ireland that Jason and I visited pre-choir tour. It was owned by the Boyle family, one of whom is well known in the chemistry world.

This metal man stood on top of a pillar in order to warn ships not to go into the bay due to the large amount of hidden rocks. This diverted the sinking of many ships in Ireland. Go metal man!

This metal man stood on top of a pillar in order to warn ships not to go into the bay due to the large amount of hidden rocks. This diverted the sinking of many ships in Ireland. Go metal man!

I love statues and sculptures. One of the greatest parts of this trip was the amount of them in every country. This one is cool because I enjoy dragons. Dragons are cool. Dragons.

I love statues and sculptures. One of the greatest parts of this trip was the amount of them in every country, this one was in Budapest. This one is cool because I enjoy dragons. Dragons are cool. Dragons.

Vienna was full of beauty. Definitely a place I would go again.

Vienna was full of beauty. Definitely a place I would go again.

Venice was one of the most unique cities of our tour. Everyone was taking millions of pictures. One of my tour projects was to take pictures of people taking pictures. Drew was just a sneak sneak and caught on to my game. Good picture.

Venice was one of the most unique cities of our tour. Everyone was taking millions of pictures. One of my tour projects was to take pictures of people taking pictures. Drew was just a sneak sneak and caught on to my game. Good picture.

The Medici family was a powerhouse for many years in Florence. As bankers, they were extremely wealthy and were able to be on top of this beautiful city. The guy is a random man but that is okay because he was like me, enjoying the land of the Medici family.

The Medici family was a powerhouse for many years in Florence. As bankers, they were extremely wealthy and were able to be on top of this beautiful city. The guy is a random man but that is okay because he was like me, enjoying the land of the Medici family.

One of my favorite statues was this one of Perseus having slain Medusa. I know it is in Florence again but everyone deserves to see it. Words of wisdom...don't look into her eyes!

One of my favorite statues was this one of Perseus having slain Medusa. I know it is in Florence again but everyone deserves to see it. Words of wisdom…don’t look into her eyes!

Many people know Nathan as the guy who is terrified of birds, however, this picture shows that he has conquered his fear of them. In fact, they became great friends and it took us 20 minutes to pull him away from it. This bird was found in the castle in Milan. The whole courtyard was decorated with them. The castle was a pretty sweet place!

Many people know Nathan as the guy who is terrified of birds, however, this picture shows that he has conquered his fear of them. In fact, they became great friends and it took us 20 minutes to pull him away from it. This bird was found in the castle in Milan. The whole courtyard was decorated with them. The castle was a pretty sweet place!

For some reason, everyone always calls this tower the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Well it wasn't leaning at all when I went so I shall rename it the Not-So-Leaning Tower of Pisa.  Okay...just kidding. It was leaning...

For some reason, everyone always calls this tower the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Well it wasn’t leaning at all when I went so I shall rename it the Not-So-Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Okay…just kidding. It was leaning…

Having friends on this trip to share in the marvel of what I saw made things much more enjoyable. I couldn't have asked for a better trip and have the Wartburg Choir to thank. Graduating from Wartburg after these 35 days of awesome was the greatest thing that could've happened.

Having friends on this trip to share in the marvel of what I saw made things much more enjoyable. I couldn’t have asked for a better trip and have the Wartburg Choir to thank. Graduating from Wartburg after these 35 days of awesome was the greatest thing that could’ve happened.

Jeremy Corbett

Tour Bus Translator, Roma of the Bus, Second of five little duckling

 

 

Wartburg Choir Europe Memories

These pictures below represent and show my main memories and favorite moments throughout our European tour. I had a blast and learned so many new things! I will miss all of these moments and will cherish every picture and memory for the rest of my life…

Making Connections in Europe with Tour With the Arts

Taken in Ravenna, Italy. Nate Fratzke blending right in with the local Italians and the the rest of the Wartburg gang following clode behind.

Taken in Ravenna, Italy.
Nate Fratzke blending right in with the local Italians and the the rest of the Wartburg gang following clode behind.

Taken near Venice, Italy. On the bridge leading to the island.

Taken near Venice, Italy.
On the bridge leading to the island.

Taken in Venice, Italy. The streets of Venice are paved with water and make for the most beautiful rides around the city.

Taken in Venice, Italy.
The streets of Venice are paved with water and make for the most beautiful rides around the city.

Taken in Salzburg, Austria. Each lock represents someones love for another. The key is thrown into the river below so their love will never be removed.

Taken in Salzburg, Austria.
Each lock represents someones love for another. The key is thrown into the river below so their love will never be removed.

Taken on our way to Salzburg. A beautiful view and a wonderful experience to have our tributes under these magnificent mountain ranges.

Taken on our way to Salzburg.
A beautiful view and a wonderful experience to have our tributes under these magnificent mountain ranges.

Taken in Vienna, Austria. A tree is given it's own apartment. It pays it's rent by producing oxygen and keeping the building smelling more fresh.

Taken in Vienna, Austria.
A tree is given it’s own apartment. It pays it’s rent by producing oxygen and keeping the building smelling more fresh.

Taken in Bratislava, Slovakia. BeAbout is some of the most delicious American food I've ever had. Ironic that it's in Slovakia.

Taken in Bratislava, Slovakia.
BeAbout is some of the most delicious American food I’ve ever had. Ironic that it’s in Slovakia.

Taken at the St. Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary. Everyone in the choir family has a light in their heart that shines bright during every performance.

Taken at the St. Matthias Church in Budapest, Hungary.
Everyone in the choir family has a light in their heart that shines bright during every performance.

Stopping for lunch near Arad on our way to Budapest. We found a play area and needed a break from sitting on a bus all day.

Stopping for lunch near Arad on our way to Budapest.
We found a play area and needed a break from sitting on a bus all day.

Taken at Hammersdorf, Romania. The Wartburg Choir planted onions at the Astra Outdoor History Museum.

Taken at Hammersdorf, Romania.
The Wartburg Choir planted onions at the Astra Outdoor History Museum.

Taken in Istanbul, Turkey. Each city we've traveled to has been a stepping stone on the way to this beautiful city.

Taken in Istanbul, Turkey.
Each city we’ve traveled to has been a stepping stone on the way to this beautiful city.

Taken in Eisenach, Germany. People can whisper on one side of this arch and someone else can hear you on the other.

Taken in Eisenach, Germany.
People can whisper on one side of this arch and someone else can hear you on the other.

Taken at the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany. We all need to keep looking forward but never forget where our roots are. Taken with Drew Peeler and Wes Carlson.

Taken at the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, Germany.
We all need to keep looking forward but never forget where our roots are.
Taken with Drew Peeler and Wes Carlson.

Taken in Eisenach, Germany. At the automobile museum we got to see the Wartburg Car.

Taken in Eisenach, Germany.
At the automobile museum we got to see the Wartburg Car.

Taken in Neuendettelsau, Germany. You can see the similarities between the St. Laurentius Kirche and the Wartburg Chapel.

Taken in Neuendettelsau, Germany.
You can see the similarities between the St. Laurentius Kirche and the Wartburg Chapel.

Taken in Colmar, France. Everyone stopped for some ice cream and lunch in this beautiful town.

Taken in Colmar, France.
Everyone stopped for some ice cream and lunch in this beautiful town.

Taken near Öhringen, Germany. You can see the obvious and beautiful difference between civilization and nature.

Taken near Öhringen, Germany.
You can see the obvious and beautiful difference between civilization and nature.

Taken in Milan, Italy. At the International School of Music in Milan, everybody had a blast singing and playing with children of all nationalities.

Taken in Milan, Italy.
At the International School of Music in Milan, everybody had a blast singing and playing with children of all nationalities.

Taken in Pisa, Italy. We all need somebody to lean on.

Taken in Pisa, Italy.
We all need somebody to lean on.

Taken in Florence, Italy. In the Boboli Gardens, paths open up around every turn.

Taken in Florence, Italy.
In the Boboli Gardens, paths open up around every turn.

Taken in Florence, Italy. Graffiti found during a walking tour.

Taken in Florence, Italy.
Graffiti found during a walking tour.

Taken in Sibiu, Romania. As traveling craftsmen would travel through Sibiu each would leave their own nail or crest in this pole.

Taken in Sibiu, Romania.
As traveling craftsmen would travel through Sibiu each would leave their own nail or crest in this pole.

 

~Brett Schwickerath

Choir is pretty neat. -Chad Nelsen

To start- I need to explain that my camera was left in Ellen’s purse because while we would be sight seeing I would just be carrying it along and she would always be nice enough to offer to carry it in her purse to free up my hands. She’s lovely. But, one day it died and it was in the purse and I started using my iPad instead and totally forgot about the camera…until now. So, rather than wait for all those pictures to be sent back to me, because I’m headed today to camp in Colorado where I will have little to no internet most days, I figured I would at least post what I have. You’re all thinking it. I know, I know, typical Chad.  🙂

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This first picture is in Bratislava, Slovakia, along the Danube River. I chose this picture because I like the Slovak writing on the billboard, but also because of the river. The Danube is one of the longest and most important rivers in Europe. We actually followed it for a while as well. Our first night in Europe was in Bucharest, Romania, only a few miles from the Danube. We next saw it again in Budapest when we took a river cruise on it and discovers it separates the two sides of the city, Buda and Pest. We then followed it to this picture in Bratislava, continuing along next to it in Vienna, Austria, where we left it again until we reached Germany, where it runs through Ulm and Neu Ulm, neighboring towns to one of our concert venues, Leipheim. Cool stuff! 🙂

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This was a beautiful concert I attended in Vienna with an incredible orchestra as well as a few singers and dancers. The music was mostly all Mozart and Strauss, because both of the composers lived and worked in Vienna. But, one piece not composed by either of them was Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro” from the opera Gianni Schicchi, which I was fortunate enough to perform in earlier this school year!

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A nice Venetian cappuccino I enjoyed before singing in one of the most famous cathedrals in the world, San Marco. It was an experience never to be forgotten.

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We took a quick stop in a town called Ravenna, Italy. A few of us set out to find Dante’s tomb. This is a picture of a very interesting tomb that over time filled with ground water that we believed was Dante’s tomb. We found out later it was the wrong tomb. Oops. Fun story though!

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Quick look into the beauty and artistry of central European cathedrals. I was blown away by this cathedral in Pisa, right next to the leaning tower. I had no idea this church existed and it may have been the most beautiful we saw all of tour. Pictured you see the ornately carved pulpit, with the breathtaking ceiling overhead.

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A picture from what may have been my favorite home stay ever. This little guy’s name is Ben and he is four years old from Michelbach, Germany, just outside of Ohringen. He was enthralled by my iPad, and pretty darn cute! His family welcomed us with more than open arms and I will forever appreciated the hospitality and joy of that stay. Home stays are the best!!!

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Next is a sculpture done by the same man who created the Statue of Liberty. I have been lucky enough to see the Statue in NYC, and it was a really cool experience to come full circle to be in the birth place and residence of Frederic Bartholdi, in Colmar, France!

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This is a shot from another wonderful home stay with Heinz and Ursula Schnotz just outside of Leipheim, Germany. They spoke relatively no English, but through the few common words, and an iPad with google translate, we were able to have a wonderful conversation while we enjoyed a few beers brewed by their son. You can see Heinz’s arm there.

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Next is the Wartburg Castle. This is a place that I really have not come to the ability to describe quite yet. It meant so much to me to be in Eisenach at this historic and significant place. One aspect in particular that really struck me for whatever reason was seeing the German flag flying next to a cross above the tower. I think the power that has in its symbolism is incredible. To be in Eastern Germany, quite a few years after the reunification, but to see that sign of national pride, the flag, in unity with Christ, in a place that is our home, really struck me. I did truly feel as though I belonged, and I was home.

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Last but not least is a sign I found in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. It says “To understand Islam, please contact our specialist in the Islamic Information Center”. The idea of this took me aback. I felt honored and humbled. The people of Istanbul understood that not everyone visiting this place knows about their religion and culture. They respected us enough to allow us to understand the symbolism and ritual of the mosque in which we were standing. I started to think about other places we had been. I had just visited a large number of the most beautiful Christian cathedrals in the world, and did I even once see a sign offering to explain Christianity? Do we as Americans ever take the time to respect others enough to understand that they don’t know what we come from? They don’t know our culture, they really don’t know us. But do we offer a hand? No. In another mosque, Hagia Sophia, which was originally a church during the Roman Empire, the Muslims had the respect and courtesy enough that when they converted the building, they kept the decorations. They left the beautiful mosaics of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, as well as other figures. They simply built around it and left what was a part of the history of that building and the beautiful artwork. I struggle to believe that Christians of that time period in the 1400’s would have done the same. I was truly taken aback by the people in Istanbul and the people of the Islamic culture there. I think we should at times strive to be more like them in their respect and understanding.

 

This tour meant more to me than words can describe. Thank you to all who allowed us this opportunity. I hope and pray we never forget it.

 

Chad Nelsen