We have finally hit the last day of Germany. All I can really say is that I want to go home so bad, but at the same time, I wish we had more time to have fun. I will save my remarks on the overall trip for the next blog, but I’ll first touch up on what we did yesterday as the last official day of class.
Yesterday we made our way back to Landschaftspark, but this time to a more underdeveloped area of the park. There we helped Frank note down the circumference, height, and DBH (diameter breast height) of 50 birch trees within the area. With this data, he would be able to see how the trees are functioning while growing in a site that was contaminated. We also got to see Frank take core samples from a few trees, and it was amazing to see where the center of the tree is and how the rings formed over time. While it was a new and fun experience, walking through a bunch of meadows and tree branches hurt a lot. I believe I also got stabbed by some of the meadow plantings, and had to take small thorns out from by shoes and pants.
After taking the core samples and collecting data, we then headed to Tiger & Turtle, which is an architectural piece that sits on top of a mountain. The structure looks like a roller coaster from afar, but it is actually something that has stairs to walk on top of it. From there we headed back to the apartment where we ended the trip with a lovely evening on the roof garden with the teachers. We drank some wine as we talked about everything that we have been through in Germany, be it good or bad.