Well, there you have it. I spent a total of 6 weeks studying in a country where I learned and broadened my cultural perspectives at a level far greater than I ever expected, on top of successfully completing Engineering 202 with a very decent grade. Continue reading Elevator Speech
Although our short excursion to Bremen lasted only for a day, I still took interest in going to see yet another German city and how it was unique to itself. In the case of Bremen, the way of life was somewhat different due to the fact that Bremen is a port city that connects to the North Sea. Thus, there are many factories and docking areas that line the river flowing through the city with many container vessels that transit through it.
In the boat tour we took that took us through this area, the most interesting sight for me was a large concrete bunker that turned out to be an old U-boat pen back from world war two. It turns out that during that time, Bremen was a heavily defended, highly strategic city that served as a base for both German submarines and a port for shipping materials for the war effort. As a result, Bremen witnessed a lot of destruction during the war as it was often a target of allied bombing raids.
Despite the history, Bremen had the accents of all the other lively German cities we had visited up to that point. Because the city itself was so small, the major scene was the area along both sides of the river where there were cathedrals, squares, restaurants, and food stands. We were even able to see the former residence area of Calvin students when the engineering summer program was first launched almost a decade ago. At that time, Calvin engineering students studied at the TU Bremen rather that at TU Berlin where the program is now done.
Now that we have been living here for just over a month now, I feel that I have a fairly good impression of what life is like here in Berlin for a person my age. While I find that day to day life really isn’t all that different from the US, there are a few things that stand out to me that are different from back home. Continue reading Germany: What it’s like