Caravan Sonnet: January 2018


Science Up Your Career

It’s great to have career goals, but there’s nothing wrong with changing your mind! No matter where you are in life, nothing is stopping you from taking stock, looking around and seeing what the next challenge might be. With that in mind, here are the top three more interesting and challenging careers involving science and technology. From where you are now to Silicon Valley billionaire might be a little bit of a stretch, but there’s nothing better than a challenge to get us out of bed every day. With a little bit of extra training and a clear goal in mind, there’s nothing stopping everyone from taking a closer look at the potential careers out there that might not have occurred.
Although it’s very easy to look at the future and worry that we will all be wiped out by The Terminator, the truth is that robotics are currently changing the world for the better. With ever increasing design improvements and applications, the robotics industry is growing exponentially, with public interest never far behind. From Boston Dynamics to home-build robots that you can buy online, there has never been a better time to explore the possibilities for the future. It would be amazing to be part of something that later explored the galaxy or improved the lives of countless people. Obviously, as long as we can avoid Skynet.
Computer Forensics Engineer
The word ‘forensics’ usually brings to mind an episode of CSI, with blood and gore involved to the point that most people would be put off. However, if you’re interested in a career that involves both criminal and civil cases, albeit without the need of scalpels and rubber gloves, then this option might be something to look at. Primarily involved in computer evidence recovery, the potential for job satisfaction is high, and if you have an analytical mind, then this could be perfect. You may well need to go back to education in order to get into this career, but if you have an inquisitive mind and good dash of creativity, then it may be worth a look. Rewarding and satisfying in ways that most jobs simply cannot compete with, a Computer Forensics Engineer offers a fantastic blend of required skills that guarantee an interesting workday.
Storm Tracker
When you eventually tell people that you’re a storm tracker, they will no doubt get images of adrenaline junkies chasing tornadoes and dodging falling houses. This isn’t exactly what a storm tracker does, even though Hollywood does like the idea of it! Instead, a storm tracker is more likely to spend as much time in the office as they spend outside. Gathering data from satellites and weather stations, you will instead be tasked with helping to keep people safe, and what could be more satisfying than that? The weather might be unpredictable, but you could help to make it less so.

Changing career can be terrifying, but with a goal in mind, there is nothing stopping you but your dedication and commitment. These three jobs are going to be very important for the foreseeable future, and offer rewards of a financial and moral type. Nothing is better than being paid to save lives.

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Hofgut Sternen (in the Black Forest) // Germany

On our second day of our Rhine River cruise (when we docked in Breisach, Germany) we experienced two unique tours- one in the morning that encompassed driving through the Black Forest to Hofgut Sternen and then in the afternoon we headed to Colmar, France (which I will share more about later this week!). 
From our ship it took about an hour and twenty minutes to arrive at Hofgut Sternen. On our way we drove through parts of the Black Forest and it was incredible to see and experience that. (A word of warning for those who get a bit carsick- this excursion was rough for everyone getting to Hofgut Sternen. It is incredibly beautiful but the roads are very narrow and very twisty.)

When we arrived at Hofgut Sternen we were given the opportunity to visit a glass blowing demonstration, a cuckoo clock demonstration or a Black Forest Cake demonstration (or see all three). There were also a couple of gift shops that were on the property that you could visit. 
After walking around a bit outside and seeing the 5 buildings that were on the property both my mom and I decided to attend the cuckoo clock demonstration. We had already seen a glass blowing demonstration before and we opted out of the Black Forest Cake demo, but the cuckoo clock was intriguing. The demonstration lasted for about 10 minutes and it was really interesting to see how the clocks were crafted and all of the details that were put into them. 
After the demonstration was finished most of our group were interested in purchasing a cuckoo clock so they stayed looking at them but we headed back to explore more of the property. 
In warmer months there is the opportunity to walk throughout the property and even hike a bit into the Black Forest to see more of the property. Due to the ice it wasn't possible for us, but for those traveling in warmer months it would be. 

To be honest, my favorite part of this excursion was seeing the Black Forest. This was the one excursion that we walked away feeling was a bit over "commercialized". It felt a bit... touristy and a little out of sync from the rest of our tours. It wasn't necessarily bad, but it was our least favorite. If we had traveled in the warmer months and been able to hike and see more of the surrounding area I believe we would have walked away feeling differently. Unfortunately it may not be the best "winter weather" excursion and tour on the trip.

For those who are going on this same cruise and are not wanting such a touristy attraction I highly encourage you to enjoy the Black Forest experience itself but not to be daunted or concerned that the rest of the tours will have the same feel. I should also add that on our particular trip we drove right to Hofgut Sternen through the Black Forest and didn't stop anywhere else. I have heard that on other Viking Rhine River Cruises there have been additional stops along the way to see Cathedrals and Monastery's and even had the opportunity to walk through additional towns. I am not sure why our trip didn't include this but it may be something newer that is a change, or simply the time of year we traveled.

It was delightful to have the opportunity to explore a bit more of Germany though and I can't wait to share more in the coming days! Have y'all been to Hofgut Sternen before?

Interested in reading more posts from our Viking River Cruise on the Rhine River? Simply click on the links below! 


the impossible

God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible. What a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves. 
-A. W. Tozer-


Basel Cathedral (Basel Munster) // Basel, Switzerland

On our walk through downtown historic Basel (Switzerland) we had the lovely opportunity to really see and explore the Basel Cathedral, known as the Basler Munster. 
This beautiful church is one of the main landmarks and tourist attractions in Basel. In addition to the beauty and unique architecture with its two slim towers, the cathedral is listed as a heritage site of national significance in Switzerland. 
Originally the church was a Catholic Cathedral but today (after the reformation) it is now a Reformed Protestant Church. 
The Basel Cathedral was built between 1019 and 1500 and contain both the Romanesque and Gothic Styles. 
In 1356 the building (Romanesque structure and style) was destroyed by the Basel Earthquake. Eventually it was rebuilt and the final southern tower was completed in 1500.
In addition to the varied and unique combination of the two styles there have been several important historical events that have taken place at the Cathedral. 
First, in 1424 Pope Martin V shared with Basel's government at the time that Basel had been chosen as the site of the next council. The point of these meetings was to implement a church reform. 
What is interesting to note is that the church continues to hold meetings, one of which we experienced when we were in Basel. On the day that we were there there were almost 20000 teens that were gathering for a conference from all over points of Europe. It was truly amazing to witness and to see so many teens gathering for a religious gathering. 
Another important historical event that happened was the destruction of religious paintings that took place. Unfortunately during the Protestant Reformation there were many pieces of art that were destroyed. Citizens stormed many of the churches in Basel and demolished many religious paintings and statues.
Despite this the church remained and eventually became a protestant church.
After we toured throughout the Basel Cathedral we walked out to the back of the church courtyard. From there we could see more of the city of Basel. 
It's tiny but in this picture (on the left) on the bridge you can see a tiny tower. This tower was built a couple of centuries ago to show they unity between "big" and "little" Basel (the two different sides of Basel separated by the river). 
Even today ferries transport people going to and from work across the rivers. 
I hope that y'all have enjoyed this brief glance into Basel, Switzerland from our trip with Viking Cruises! It is definitely a place that I would recommend visiting!