As we drove to the Black Forest I could see the changes in the landscape. The forest became very dense and hills looked to be getting steeper. When we arrived at the farm the land was stunning. The farms had been kept up with and were surrounded by gardens and farm animals. As we walked with our tour guide I saw how the roofs on the farm houses were made. I had no idea that they were made completely out of straw. It was so thick and packed tightly together that it was the best protection they had from the elements. I loved listening to the history and looking at the different tools they used to live their lives. Life was very hard as a farmer, yet these farms lastest for hundreds of years!
One interesting part was that there could be twenty plus people living in one farmhouse at a time. The masters would have the largest bedroom and sit at the corner to the meeting windows in the living area. The men would sit against the windows and the women would sit across from them. This was because at that time, women were not supposed to looked men in the eyes. The light would come in from the windows which would make it hard to see the mens faces but easy to see the women.
It was certainly a different time but one that was very interesting. I give the men and women living on those farms a great deal of credit. I can't imagine the hard labor that they had to put themselves through every day to survive. The Black Forest was certainly one of my most favorite parts of this trip. I hope to go back one day and get to se more!
Hello and welcome to my blog! I am an Education major at Buffalo State College and will soon be traveling to Germany to teach and observe in the German classrooms. I enjoy learning about history and other cultures as well as meeting new people. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as I share my experiences and knowledge with you!