It’s hard to believe that I really just spent the last six weeks of my life living and learning in Germany, all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, and now I’m back sitting in Grand Rapids, almost like it never happened. Continue reading Betsy’s Berlin FAQ
After visiting several different churches in Germany, it is interesting to note the differences between churches here and churches in America. We visited the American Church in Berlin, the Kölner Dom, the Castle Church in Wittenberg, and I and several other students visited a small church in Erfurt. With the exception of the church in Erfurt, all of the churches we visited, regardless of whether they were Catholic or protestant, were much more liturgical and much more traditional than the churches I have attended in the United States. The church buildings were also far more ornate and a great deal older than American churches. Continue reading Your Sunday Best
Last Friday we visited the concentration camp Sachsenhausen. I had previously learned about the holocaust in history and social studies classes and by visiting the holocaust museum in Washington, D.C. I also visited the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan with my eugenics DCM class. There a holocaust survivor even came to tell us her story.
Guten Tag, everybody! In two short days I am going to be heading out on my first big adventure! I started studying German language and culture as a freshman in high school, and it’s hard to believe that I am now actually getting to go to Germany and see first hand the things I have learned about. Continue reading Deutschland or Bust!