Christmas Time Notes from Germany

Pension-Sprachschule would like to wish you a Merry Christmas from Hessen, the heart of Germany.

This year, it is a four-and-a-half-day holiday including the weekend and 25 +26 December. Monday, 24 December, our Christmas, is the one that is only half a day. Everything closes at 2pm that day (except gas stations, fast food restaurants, etc.)

F R O H E  W E I H N A C H T E N !

F R O H E  F E I E R T A G E !

Seen in Zeilitzheim in Lower Franconia

 

Quote of the Day

A wise man makes his own decisions; An ignorant man follows public opinion.

– Chinese proverb

Hauptbahnhof - innen

Frankfurt/Main train station

Public Pool gets blasted in Oberursel

In case you get to hear some 50 kg of explosives going off this morning in Oberursel, rest assured. This explosion is only to detonate the old public swimming pool, which has already been stripped down to its skeleton framework.

The old pool in Oberursel

The old pool in Oberursel May 2013

The detonation has been set for 11 a.m. today – on 4 June 2013. As nobody can be within 150 m reach, there will be no private filming. But the detonation crew will record it and make it available to the city as well as the local press.

Photos of the public pool being torn down in preparation for today’s detonation on Brunnentreff.

A good Aerial view of the old pool.

The new swimming pool will cost the city about 14 million euro. Maintaining the pool will add another 600.000 euro – 1.000.000 euro to its yearly budget plan.

There has been much discussion whether the city can afford all this.

Free Books at Rushmoor Park Oberursel

In July 2011, a typical English phone booth at Rushmoor Park in Oberursel opened its doors to become host to another public library.

Since it is open to the public, anybody can borrow a book or drop one off. You can sit down and read on the spot (there are some benches for your convenience) or take the book/books home.

There is no signing in or out – feel free to take what you need. Of course, you can also drop off your unwanted books there. At the moment, among many other books, you also find three math books and a French dictionary. The range of available books keeps growing.

BookCrossing members also use this spot for a convenient drop-off. I had a notification just this morning from a member, who has registered and released three books, such as Falsetto by Anne Rice, at the phone booth at Rushmoor Park.

Either way, this is a great way for people to read books and/or meet.

Note: You do not have to be a BookCrossing member to use this facility.

Important Hessentag Information

The school has just forwarded this useful information regarding the Hessentag, the traffic and transportation situation in the town of Oberursel, and a few highlights of the event.
Even though the content is related in some parts only to FIS, this information might also benefit all other English speakers in our area.

1. Traffic closures
During Hessentag, areas of Oberursel have been broken down into zones. Depending on the zone, traffic is either fully or partially prohibited. The red zones will only be accessible by car between 8 – 20 June from 6:00 – 9:30 in the morning. Please note that the red zone is closed off three days longer than the duration of the event!

The other colored zones are accessible from 10-19 June only with a special permit, which is generally only available to residents of that area.  This means that parents from outside of Oberursel will not be able to drive through the center of Oberursel to get to school.  For a map of the various zones, click here.

2. Access to FIS

FIS will be accessible via the Hohemark Strasse between the Lahn Strasse and B455 exit Hohemark.
• Please be aware that there will be increased traffic, congestion and a longer driving time to get to school from 9-20 June.
• The school parking lots of the Primary School, including the one across the street, as well as on the Waldlust campus will be completely closed after school on Friday, 17 June until Monday morning, 20 June, for the Hessentag parade.
3. Public transportation
We encourage all visitors to the town center to use public transportation, which will take one to the edge of the Altstadt.  All other traffic within the Altstadt is restricted to pedestrians.

• The U-Bahn and S-Bahn will be running every 15 minutes for the duration of Hessentag. The best U-Bahn access to the center of town is the stop “Oberursel Altstadt”.
• The bus lines 41 and 42 will not be able to drive through town as usual and will thus be split into separate routes above and below the closed off areas. They will travel on a 30-minute schedule. Bus 42A also goes from FIS (departs 13 and 43 after the hour) to the Brüder Winter Strasse, but NOT on the day of the Hessentag parade, 19 June.

4. Parking at Hessentag
There are two huge parking lots available during the event. For a look at their location, see P1 and P2 on this map.
• P1, which is accessible only from the Frankfurter Landstrasse, is closer to the Altstadt, but is still a 20-minute walk away.
5. FIS participation at Hessentag
A number of FIS-related events will take place during Hessentag. Click here for a map.
• 10-18 June – 10:00-19:00; Activity tent on the Königsteiner Strasse/Corner Füller Strasse; Student, parents and teachers will offer various activities to the Hessentag guests. For a detailed look at the events, click here.
• 16 June – 17:00-19:20; FIS 50th Anniversary Performing Arts Showcase; ES and US students will demonstrate their creative talents on the Thomas Cook International Stage on the Bleiche. Parents can park at school and take public transport downtown, but  please note that the school closes at 22:00.

• 19 June: 13:00; Hessentag Parade through the Altstadt with a pedestrian group of FIS students and staff dressed in national costumes.

6. Hessentag Highlights
The full program is available in German here.
The school has also put a short list of some events together that do not require language skills. That information can be found here.

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