I took a quick jog around the base this morning to acclimate myself, both to my surroundings and the need to maintain some level of physical fitness. It's easier to work out here than in Brooklyn I think - maybe it's just because it's new. Anyway, while I was at it, I snagged a couple of quick snapshots of the base at Stuttgart.
Most of the buildings here were erected by the German Army in the 1930s as they geared up for WWII. There is a lot of history, and of course knowing Hitler often operated from here gives it a real ominous feeling. The buildings are quite sturdy and still have their original construction, except for upgrades to plumbing, HVAC and electrical.
This is the land-bridge to my hotel. I think this hotel used to be the Panzer barracks for the German Army (Tank Barracks.) My hotel room probably held it's share of Nazi tankers long before it became used for uniformed bloggers from Brooklyn.
Some of the streets still have their original cobblestone. I noticed a lot of the bicycles around here have fat tires instead of the faster, thinner tires for road bikes we use in Brooklyn. This might be why, or there might also be some rugged terrain and shoddy paving along the ride from base to town. If I get a bike today, I'll ask the guy at the bike shop about it.
Russell Midori is a writer and photographer for the Marine Corps enjoying some travel as he works in Europe and Africa. This is a personal blog and any views expressed here do not reflect the views of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, Marine Corps, or any organization.