I don't know how, but after a day that began at 2:30 this morning, I am still going after 16 hours. After I give a brief post about the day and finish my dinner, I'm going to crash for 12 hours!
I was sorry to leave London. I should have spent more time there. But I do not like their airports! A lot of hearding people like cattle. People take it in stride. I haven't yet seen, what I call, "ugly American"-like behavior, demanding rights. I did see an African just now accusing the hotel clerk about something. I have no idea if it was justified, mostly because I couldn't understand the German word's being exchanged. But otherwise European residents are pretty laid back.
Once in Berlin, after finally getting on the right train in the right direction, I found Alexanderplatz, and figured out what and where the Reisenzeitum was. There I met Klaus Rodger and Helga Ottow, who took me on a tram to the Gossner Mission that still is in the red building that use to be the Gossner Mission school. We were also joined by Yeah Chandra from Georgetown University, a scholar studying the impact of Christianity on the Adivasi. India's inigenous people). The rest of the day we talked over lunch and coffee about the topic, and specifically about those early Gossner Missionaries Ferdinand Hahn, Alfred Nottrot, and others. Periodically we were joined by others of the Gossner Mission. Mostly we spoke in German, but I was surprised how much I understood when they spoke in German.
I realised with all the talking -- which is so much fun when you find people exited about a common interest few others known of -- I had not taken any pictures..
This old bench has an interesting story. no, it is not a park bench. it is a thrown. The story is told that it was Birsa Oraon's thrown that he made. when he set himself up as the King, Messiah, of the Oraon people in 1877 in Lohardaga. He heard of Jesus' heavenly thrown, so he built this bench to set himself above others that they should give him homage. After all, the unseen Jesus with his unseen thrown had emphasised the failed to organise the people