But, since we're poor, we've been seeing a lot of Jena and tagging along with members of the ward to other cities whenever we can. A couple of weeks ago we visited the Freiberg Germany Temple, which was the first temple behind the Iron Curtain. We found mostly American temple workers there but the services were in German - so we had to wear headphones (that used an infrared receiver that you could wear under your clothes! I admit, I was distracted by this...). The temple is very small - smaller even than the "small temples" the church has been building the last 15 years or so.
|Freiberg Germany LDS Temple|
A few days later (I think...) we were invited to a free orchestra concert at the Volkshaus in Jena (folk's house - German is so easy). The played a lot of American tunes and were pretty good for a community orchestra. The concert hall was neat, though:
|The Volkshaus in Jena, Germany|
|A German garden plot on the edge of the city|
|Dead-end street from whence we were summarily expelled by an angry German|
|A pretty girl I found in the woods|
here via Google translate.
|Pretty girl in front of the Jena Bismarckturm|
|Eagles at the top of the Jena Bismarckturm|
|View of Jena, Germany from the hills to the west|
|Some prettiness in Jena, Germany|
Here's my kitty friend I named Ralph.
The only problem is that he sheds all over the place and when he gets excited he gums my fingers and drools a lot.
This last picture is of a well-known stretch of restaurants in Jena called Wagnergasse. There are lots of neat restaurants along here in very cramped European style. On warm nights the narrow street is filled with tables and chairs and most people sit outside. We've had some yummy Italian and German food here, but have resisted all the locals urges to visit the American Cheers Restaurant/Bar because we already know what American food tastes like.
|Wagnergasse, Jena, Germany|