According to the international student who brought us around the campus, Goethe University Frankfurt was famous for the subjects of finance and business. While these global subjects are taught in English, other subjects are mainly taught in German. But as the German government funds all university students, it makes studying in Germany very attractive.
The university campus was simple-looking. We visited a few buildings and had some tea time in one of them. We listened to the introduction from the international student and finished the tour at their Psychology Department. The weird thing was, no university staff came out to receive us. They were too afraid of Mrs Lam's “Infinity Shirt” perhaps.
I was in awe entering such an enormous and beautiful concert hall; I was in awe seeing a house of German-speaking audience with almost no interest in playing with their mobile phones; I was in awe witnessing the self-discipline of the audience who knew when to clap and when not to and the time to leave for intermission without any announcement at all!
People here seem to have developed a respectful culture in attending classical music concerts. My experience tonight was much better than the one I had in the Golden Hall of Vienna which was filled with 70 percent Asian with loud talking noise and mobile phone playing habits. While I might not have totally enjoyed the music tonight, this German experience of attending a concert gave me a great impression. And I think it was a very important lesson to learn, musically and culturally.
As said, I will bring back a few tokens of thanks for those who have read my writing with heart and responded with thoughts and diligence. And next time when you travel, please don't forget to be hungry, reflective, and generous in sharing. See you all very soon.
Dr H C Lee