Photographs are from a recent trip to Germany to see some friends, even the shortest trips can reveal such large cultural differences, these are the things I love to document.
Jena is a science city in the former East Germany the home of Carl Zeiss the famous lens maker. Even though it has been over 30 years since the wall came down, small vestiges of the communist ideas or practices still live on in the people and their culture.
During the winter it is the responsibility of the property owners to clear the snow away from the path in front; some say this is a culture of litigation, but I like to think of it as more of the romantic idea of the community mucking in together. The more amusing part is keeping an eye out for those who really have the gusto to clear the paths and those that lack the enthusiasm for it, it really shows!
One thing I noticed is that Germany is huge, having driven three hours from Berlin, I had only travelled a third of the length, this shows with the massive expanses of woodland and arable land, wood is not a scarce resource in Germany and as a result is used everywhere.
Food and architecture of Jena and the surrounding area of Germany are very famous with the home of Bauhaus only a matter of miles away. The food and beer is heavy but filling and tasty, you certainly need a good walk in the cold to build up an appetite.
Much of the centre of Jena consists of a mixture of classic old medieval buildings and modern steel structures, I think the older structures look a lot better.