Well I’ve been in Germany for over a week now. I didn’t really come in with many expectations but I definitely did not expect the heat. It has started to cool down with the rain this week though. We’ve been keeping the windows open at night so our room is filled with bugs. No mosquitos that I’ve seen or been bitten by though. Continue reading First Week
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.
Before coming to Germany I had quite a few ideas of what it was going to be like living in Germany. In a lot of ways I was right but also in a few ways I was just wrong. Continue reading First Impressions of Germany
It has been a week and a bit since we first landed in berlin. As we made our way to St. Michaels Heim we all huddled around Professor De Rooy Continue reading First Week Impressions
A week-and-a-half ago, our group left the States for Berlin. Germany, in ten days time, has undoubtedly left many impressions on each student visiting Germany for the first time.
For me, the trip is my first to any European country. Thus far, I’ve found the cultural experience to be thoroughly enjoyable on the whole. Some aspects of the culture, though, have provided contrast to the clichés and stereotypes that I’ve previously heard and formed about Germany.
Last weekend the class went and visited the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Oranienburg just north east of Berlin. As we entered the museum area you could feel the mood of the group change as we all quieted down to hear professor De Rooy fill us in on the plan for the day for touring the camp. Continue reading Reflections on the past
We have inhabited the German lands for approximately a week now. Continue reading Captain’s Log: Day 11
We have been in Germany for one week now and it has not been what I expected. Continue reading Thoughts on the First Week
I find Berlin very nice and weirdly comfortable. I think it’s because I grew up in the Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. Studying in a completely different environment from Calvin College is surely a refreshing opportunity. I did not expect to be this hot, although it is exactly what reminds me so much of Jakarta. We are literally sweating at least once a day, something that rarely happens in Grand Rapids.
It’s crazy to think that we have already been in Berlin for more than a week now. It seems like yesterday that we were all riding the bus to St. Michaels Heim. Continue reading Reflections