Excursion – Cleveland, OH 3

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Sep 202015
Excursion - Cleveland, OH 3, Sept 19, 2015 On Saturday Mike had wanted to take part in a triathlon but decided against it due to the weather - rainshowers all morning! So he took his boat off the car again and returned it to the garage. Instead, he took his skate skis and headed to Westlake Rec Park to meet up with his pal Frank to do some rounds while I watched a group of kids playing a flag football game with very serious coaching - I felt sorry for the 6-year-olds but they seemed to be enjoying themselves, well, mostly ... Here I see the same type of parents vicariously living their own dreams and hopes through their kids and thereby putting them under the same type of stress and competitive emotions that we see in soccer in Germany.

Extremely active in all kinds of sports, Mike puts on his ski skates here to get an hours run with a friend.


Football starts early and seriously - even girls play flag football!


Dianna in the "emotional hub of family life" - the kitchen.


Alex is obviously enjoying his meal.


All of us: Misha, Alex, Dianna, Alex and myself at our farewell dinner.


In his welding class Alex has produced this wonderful gift for his mother - see next image, too!



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Excursion – Cleveland, OH 2

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Sep 192015
Excursion - Cleveland, OH 2 Sept 18, 2015 Our day was packed with activities again; in the morning Dianna took me to see Rocky River High School and its principal, Rob Winton, who took the two of us on a tour of his school. The school has just recently been renovated and has an impressive modern look and feel to it, the ca. 800 students seem to enjoy a well-organized school with highly motivated staff and lots of extracurricular activities.  Sports facilities include not only a field for football, soccer and track with an artificial turf but also a pool and professionally staffed workout area. The science rooms have also been updated and leave nothing to be wished for. A cooperation and exchange program with the Gesamtschule Velbert, Germany is being discussed and would add to the internationally oriented profile of Rocky River High School. After I had done some basic maintenance on my bike in the afternoon, getting it ready to resume my tour on Sunday morning, Dianna, Mike, Misha and I drove to the University Circle and walked through the American Painting exhibition in the Cleveland Art Museum, a truly impressive museum and I regretted not having more time to visit! Their homepage: http://www.clevelandart.org/ http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/map/google_map_Cleveland.htm After the museum we had a wonderful meal in "Little Italy", at a restaurant called "La Dolce Vita", where we had to be reseated because of a wedding festivity. It was a very entertaining evening indeed! Great film? Check out "The Burn" and "North Of The Sun", both extremely creative short films. "The Burn" is about skiing directly after a wildfire was snowed over and "North Of The Sun" is a wild story about three people north of the arctic circle and their adventures with nature. 20150918-DSCN5854 20150918-DSCN5855 20150918-DSCN5859 20150918-DSCN5860   20150918-DSCN5862  

Dianna is responsible for communication and technology in the Rocky River schools.


RobWilton, principal of Rocky River High School together with Dr. Dianna Foley giving me a tour of their school.


An impressive gym!


Even in Ohio not standard in every school!


Tze "Board of Fame" for swimming - some impressive results!


Entering a chemistry class.


The outside sports facilities leave nothing to be desired!

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Dianna and Mike


Mike and his son Misha


The central hall of the Cleveland Art Museum - very impressive!


The Egyptian Department is quite impressive, as well!


The Digital Gallery allows visitors a variety of virtual tours of the museum's exhibits

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Sep 182015
Excursion - Cleveland, OH 1 Seeing a new city is always a thrilling experience. But there is probably no "best" way of how to get a feeling for the place; getting a map and navigating the public transport system to and from the city center from the suburbs (in  this case Rocky River) surely is one of the more rewarding options and, to my mind,  probably better than driving by car on congested roads, with road works forcing you to make unexpected detours and then not finding parking space. Another option in some cities is a hop-on-hop-off touring bus system which can also open up surprising insight into the workings of a city. But surely there is hardly any better way to explore a city than with a personal guide who really knows the ins and outs of his hometown like Mike. And combining that with a kayaking tour around a city that is divided by a river and situated directly on Lake Erie is an unforgettable experience! After a 20-minute drive to a public boat launch on Cuyahoga River near the city center  we got into our kayaks and paddled upstream first, past the "Irishtown Bend", where during the 1830s Irish immigrants settled after their flight from their famine-stricken home country.  Being mainly excluded from Cleveland society, their lives revolved around work in the construction of the city's railroads and the building of the canals. After expanding into other areas of the city, the Irish finally left the dirty and marshy huts. Today this area is merely a historical site with archaeological value. The view from the river is clearly dominated by the stark contrast between the remnants of a once thriving industry and the highrising towers of modern banking structures. The transition to a city of culture, education (Universities and clinics) and services that has taken place since the 1980s is evident everywhere. Turning downstream, we passed several impressive bridges and came to a monument commemorating the Potatoe Famine in Ireland in the 1840s which led to the great number of immigrants that formed large parts of the city during the following years. Nearby a replica log cabin reminds of Lorenzo Carter, who arrived in 1797 as the first settler on the mosquito-infested marshy Cuyahoga River, and was later joined by his wife Rebecca and their nine children to form the nucleus of what today is Cleveland. (http://clevelandhistorical.org/items/show/286#.Vfv-Dpe4F6c) We passed "Jacob's Pavilion", an impressive huge tent to accomodate music events, the mooring place of one of two tour boats, the "Nautica Queen", and the Cleveland Aquarium with walk-under aquarium pools. We proceeded past fashionable restaurants and bars (Shooters, Music Box) which would not turn up their heat until after dark but looked promising from a clubber's perspective. Paddling under a very low railroad bridge (don't panic if a train should pass 40 cm over your head the moment you're beneath it!) we reached the mouth of the Cuyahoga river and, leaving the deserted architectural gem of a Coast Guard post to our left, turned right on Lake Erie to explore the sights of  the harbor and the city. The first major structure we passed as we paddled along Cleveland-Cuyahoga port is the impressive "First Energy" football stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, followed by the Museum Steamship "William G. Mather". Going into that harbor basin we reached the "Great Lakes Science Center" and the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame", which, when seen from above, has the shape of a record player! In the next basin we got a good look at the Submarine "Cod" from WW2 which served in the Pacific - it sure had to come a long way to end up here. From this turning point on our tour we passed the "Lean Dog", a swimming restaurant, and passed "Burke Lakefront Airport" which was busy with private planes coming and going. Air-racing venues once took place here until a serious accident. (https://www.clevelandairshow.com/about-us/air-show-history/) After our return to the boat slip we had a nice lunch at Merwin's Wharf, a recently opened very busy retaurant right on the river. The Walleye Tacos with corn salsa and a salad were delicious! The day was far from over! Mike took me on an hour's drive to have a close look at the different parks of the city and along the shore. Lakewood Park not only had beautiful houses but also offerred a wonderful view of the skyline of Cleveland. The Cleveland Metropark system manages and maintains up to 60 miles  of continuous park landscape around the metropolitan area (http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com/Main/Home.aspx)  and is Mike's favorite "Playing field" for his impressive number of sports activities: In the summer he replaces his Nordic skis with roller-skis, he rides his mountain bike and his road bike, he runs, does triathlons with cycling, kayaking and running, exercises in the lake, uses his dumbbells  in his basement  ... and all of that at least 8 times a week, if I didn't miscount 🙂 In the evening we met up with Dianna, Mike's wife for a delicious salmon bbq and to watch the sundown over Lake Erie. What a wonderful way to conclude an eventful day!        
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