Fun at the Send (13. March)

My goal with this blog is to provide regular updates and information about the Münster Semester 2012. It is intended for parents, fellow students, friends, etc. It is written mostly by Elizabeth Steding, Assistant Professor of German and Münster 2012 program leader. This is my first time leading the Münster program, and I am very excited to be spending this time in Germany with students.

This past weekend marked the start of the spring Send (fair). It includes rides like a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, and the swings. There are also food stands with some "fair food" that Americans are familiar with - cotton candy and french fries - as well as crepes and 1/2 meter sausages. There are about 200 different rides and vendors (food, games, products).

The Send takes place in a large open area known as the Hindenburgplatz. It is located in front of the main university building (which was formerly a palace). The fair draws a wide range of people, from families with little kids to older adults enjoying an afternoon out.

The Send is a tradition here in Münster for more than 1200 years. Yes, you read correctly - this has been going on for over a millennium. Evidently our interest in music and fair food is not a new thing.

 Several of our students used this last weekend to travel to Amsterdam. I am hoping to convince one of them to share their experiences here, so stay tuned! I was quite impressed with their initiative and organization at planning a group trip for eight people. Other students enjoyed a trip to Cologne and a theater visit with their host families.

This Friday the group is headed to Berlin, the capital city, where a new federal president will be named this weekend.