A pair of international trips is helping Mayor Dave Cieslewicz rack up the frequent flyer miles this year. He traveled to Hokkaido back in January for a week-long exchange visit to Obihiro, one of Madison's official sister cities, taking in the dairy farms, winter sports and Ban'ei horse sled races of the Japanese community. Now with the start of summer, the mayor is spending a week in southern Germany on a weeklong exchange visit to another municipal sister: Freiburg.
The connection between Madison and Freiburg is long and extensive. The University of Freiburg has been a primary destination since the '60s for UW students looking to study abroad in Germany, an educational exchange that continues on an annual basis. This relationship deepened in the mid '80s with a pair of mayoral exchanges between the two cities, culminating with a formal agreement and another pair of visits in 1988. Ultimately, this led to a formal set of criteria for Madison's Sister Cities, which have since grown to nine in number. This visit to Freiburg is scheduled to mark the twentieth anniversary of the sister relationship.
Arriving in the Black Forest city on Monday afternoon, the mayor has a busy itinerary through the week. Guided tours, formal dinners, and meetings fill up each day, including visits to a sustainable neighborhood built on a former French occupation military base, solar energy and biogas programs, the central farmers' market, and other green programs for which the nine-hundred-year-old city is renowned. More information about the exchange and broader programs between Madison and Freiburg is detailed by both the American and German sistering organizations.
This all makes for a pretty good week for Mayor Dave, one that should make for a pretty good vacation away from the responsibilities of daily governing here in the States. But check out the end of the official itinerary, which notes that hizzoner's official "vacation" actually starts next Saturday at the end of the exchange trip to Freiburg, one that conspicuously does not include any info about a return flight.
MAYOR CIESLEWICZ WEEKLY SCHEDULE
Monday, June 9, 2008
During the day Travel to Europe for sister city visit -- Freiburg, Germany
4:54 p.m. Arrive in Freiburg
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
During the day Explore Freiburg, Germany
4:00 p.m. Guided City Tour
7:00 p.m. Welcome-Apéro and dinner at the restaurant Roten Bären in attendance of first Mayor Otto Neideck
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
10:00 a.m. Guided tour through the city district Vauban
11:30 a.m. Meeting with architect Rolf Disch and visit of the Solarsiedlung and Heliothrop
12:30 p.m. Lunch at the Solarcasino/Solar-Info-Center
1:30 p.m. Tour and lecture at the Solar-Info-Center
3:00 p.m. Visit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy
4:30 p.m. Return to the hotel Roten Bären
7:00 p.m. Vernissage photo exhibition Brent Nicastro in the Schwarzwalk-City
8:30 p.m. Welcome party for all participants of the sister cities meeting and the Madison delegation (BBQ at the City Hall garden)
Thursday, June 12, 2008
10:00 a.m. Departing by tram to the public transport services and lecture on public transport in Freiburg
12:00 p.m. Lunch at the restaurant Markgräfler Hof
1:45 p.m. Lecture by Mr. Schröder-Klings, Building Authorities Director, on "Sustainable City Planning" in the City Hall (Aula)
3:30 p.m. Program by the Citizens' Club Vauban (Mr. Erich Lutz)
6:00 p.m. Vernissage quilt exhibition at Carl-Schurz-Haus
7:30 p.m. Dinner at the restaurant Greiffenegg-schlössle invited by the Freiburg-Madison Association
Friday, June 13, 2008
10:00 a.m. Visit of a Biogas Digester at a farm in Oberried "Steierbartllehof"
12:30 p.m. Lunch at the restaurant Halde on top of the mountain Schauinsland
3:00 p.m. Opening ceremony for the sister cities meeting at the Rathausplatz together with Lord Mayor Dr. Salomon and Consul General Jo Ellen Powell
4:00 p.m. Official reception with Lord Mayor Dr. Salomon at the Gerichtslaube of the City Hall to celebrate the 20 years partnership's anniversary Madison-Freiburg
7:30 p.m. Departing with Lord Mayor Dr. Salomon for the celebration act "1000 Jahre Zähringen"
Saturday, June 14, 2008
During the day Possibilities for visiting:
- The sister cities meeting
- The anniversary street party in Freiburg-Zähringen
- Free time for shopping and so on
Afterwards Excursion to Titisee or Schauinsland (possibly back by bicycle; organized by Freiburg-Madison association)
8:00 p.m. Concert of the Young Music School Freiburg at the "Historisches Kaufhaus"/Münsterplatz (conductor from Nova Friburgo/Brasilia) in attendance of Ass. Mayor Ulrich von Kirchbach
Saturday, June 15, 2008 - Monday, June 23, 2008