Unique Visitors
Total Page Views
View Teri Hjelmstad's profile on LinkedIn

Recent Comments

We’re Going to Germany

This month we began some serious preparation for an upcoming trip to Germany. Next year will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, and my church choir ( has decided to mark the occasion by taking a tour. We will travel through the area associated with Martin Luther, the seminal theologian whose questioning of Roman Catholic dogma led to the breach of Christian denominations. During this tour, we plan to visit the historic sites associated with Luther and to perform in cities including Berlin, Leipzig, and Prague.

Because my husband/tech advisor has much German and Dutch heritage while I might have a little of the same, we plan to tack a few days onto this trip to explore the areas of our roots. So far we have done these things to get ready for this trip:

  1. My husband/tech advisor continues to document his German and Dutch lines (Dols, Flottemesch, Kirchner, Walz, Wohrman) as best as he can to identify villages we should visit.
  2. We booked a flight to Hamburg on Icelandair, and from there we will rent a car and drive through the areas of our origins.
  3. We paid our first installment for the choir tour.
  4. At my local library’s used book sale last weekend, I picked up a book on conversational German and a German/English dictionary.

Now I am raring to go. Next spring seems a long way away, but anticipation is half the fun. While we wait we have more time to work on our German genealogy and to study up on some key German phrases.


Leave a Reply