Saturday, June 03, 2006

Deutschland Ueber und Ueber

The dispatches from Germany continue:

After visiting with friends in Aachen, it was on to Giessen, the sight of many memories for Mr. Fishpatty. While there we were treated to avant garde local German theatre by Mr. Fishpatty's good friend, who is also the dean of the law school there: Herr Prof. Dr. Walter Gropp. Walter and his, Benedikt, will be living in Madison, WI for five months starting in August -- so, aside from the theater, the visit was in English. Mrs. Fishpatty was much relieved.

Walter also took us to the Gleiberg, a tower from the middle ages built by the local fief. As luck would have it, a local fraternity was celebrating its foundation day. (Fighting fraternities are big in Germany. There's sword play and fencing involved, and, while they are pretty disreputable, there a plenty of guys with scars on their faces to show their initiations.)

The spiral staircase was pretty treacherous. No lights. Shakey handrails. It was like an NYC subway.

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