I participated in a WCC Working Group Meeting on Climate Change in Wuppertal, Germany.
This is my son’s blog from his recent trip to Wuppertal, Germany. Feel free to comment on his post.
I have been to several places around the world such as Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, Monaco and Brazil, but I only had three trips with just my mom. The first was to Hawaii, then to Switzerland and now to Germany. I feel really lucky to travel with just my mom.
My mom was attending a World Council of Churches meeting in Wuppertal, Germany. We arrived in Germany a few days before the meeting and therefore had 2 days to do some sightseeing.
We took the train and went to Cologne. In Cologne we worshipped in Cologne Cathedral. It was the so beautiful inside. There was a huge pipe organ and an excellent choir. The entire worship was in German so I got a little bored.
Then we walked to the Perfume Museum and then to the Rhine River which is a famous river. From there we visited the Chocolate Museum. My mom really likes chocolate so we bought some for her to eat.
During the week, my mom was busy in her WCC meetings. Dr. Guillermo Kerber was the leader from WCC and he was really nice to me. Actually everyone was nice to me.
During my mom’s meeting, I did my homework, read my books, played games on the computer, and also played pool. As part of her meeting, we visited several interesting churches which are historic and also very good at saving the environment.
One famous church we visited in Wuppertal was Germacher Kirche. The organizer said that the Barmen Declaration was written inside this church.
We also went to a coal mine which is bigger than I expected. We learned about the pollution that the mine produces. I also got to meet the Mayor of Wuppertal.
We took the Suspension Railway to several places. It was swinging a lot and my mom felt really sick.
My favorite part of the trip was an afternoon at the Wuppertal Zoo. At the Zoo, I saw different kinds of animals that I have never seen before.
The most interesting fact that I learned was that beer is cheaper to order in a restaurant than mineral water. In Germany, cars drive very fast on the highway. On our way to the airport the cab driver was going 160Km/hour.
When the meeting ended, we travelled to Dusseldorf, Cologne (again) and to Bonn. In Bonn, we saw Beethoven’s statute, his house, Munster Church and the University of Bonn.
I met a lot of interesting people and I learned a few German words. I had a great experience in Germany and I hope to visit again.
[read also: Joshua Lee]
Joshua is in grade 5 at LVA. He plays soccer and basketball. He loves to play the violin, piano, and read fiction.
(Photo Credit: Dwight Morita)
Revocatus Meza said:
Well put Josh. Keep up the the good work….
Thank you. I will
Mary Koepke Fields said:
Thanks for sharing your story, Joshua. I learned some interesting things. What fun to spend time with your mom.
Thank you for reading my post I had a good time with my mom.
What an exciting trip. Thanks for sharing.
Guillermo Kerber, Programme Executive Climate Justice, World Council of Churches said:
Dear Josh, I was looking forward to reading your post on the trip to Germany after having read yours on your Switzerland trip. It was a pleasure to share again this time with you. I hope you didn’t get bored so much with our discussions. At least we were able to go to the zoo and had several rides with the suspension train. It was fun. Also when we went you and me to have a cup of chocolate and coffee at the cafe.
You know, for me, it was important to have a boy like you in our meeting. It makes us, adults, be more aware of the kind of world we are leaving to our children and pushes us to be more responsible in our lifestyles and options.
I look forward to meeting you again. Auf wiedersehen.
Send my best greetings to your mum.
Dr. Kerber, thank you so much for reading my blog and for allowing me to tag along my mom. I had so many exciting things to do that i was never bored.
Thank you for taking me to the zoo. That was very exciting and something which i will remember for a long time.
My mom didn’t like the suspension train…but i enjoyed it. It was alot of fun.
Thank you also for the hot chocolate and for the clothes…..
Thank you for a wonderful meeting. I hope to see you again.
Thank you so much for allowing Joshua to accompany me. He came to appreciate the work of WCC and its emphasis on Climate Change.
Thank you so much for all your work on climate justice and economic justice. Hope we can continue to collaborate and join together on the “pilgrimage of peace and justice”.
Matthew Bu said:
Josh i am ur biggest fan. Love your writing; you should write books in real life!
Thanks for being the biggest fan mateo.
This is an excellent blog! thanks for sharing it.
Thanks for sharing I love Germany I am a Germany fan