Your Sunday Best

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

How was Germany?

I often answer “fantastic” or “wonderful” or “so fun” when people ask about the trip to Germany in passing. And the trip was each of those things, but those words don’t do a great job communicating my whole experience in Germany. If I were to spend more time telling others how my trip was, it might go something like this:

Getting adjusted to Berlin at the beginning was so exciting and so rewarding. The culture, food, public transit and language were all new, and we were going to live with them for six weeks. It was so cool to see the city life from a German perspective, though Berlin seemed more like Chicago at first than anything else. Continue reading How was Germany?

Reflections on Routine

Berlin welcomed our group 6 weeks ago, and the city quickly became part of our everyday routine. In the several weeks we spent there, we became accustomed to what a student may experience in the day to day in Berlin.

I thought it might be interesting to look back at the daily routine in order to provide a way to “re-live” the day-to-day in Germany.

The classic German breakfast - deli cuts, cheese, and (for us) cucumbers.
The classic German breakfast – deli cuts, cheese, and (for us) cucumbers.

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A Short Reflection…

When you ask me, “How was your summer? What was Germany like?” the only answer that I can give back is that it was a life-changing, unforgettable experience for me. The Summer in Germany program is more than just taking Engineering 202 in a different schedule, or (very possibly) my only chance to study abroad during college, or a time to spend nurturing friendships with my peers for the next three years. More than that, it was a chance for me to be an independent adult, encounter new people (especially ones that I would never meet on campus at Calvin), and open my eyes to a world much larger and sometimes beautiful in far different ways than my home. Studying abroad showed me news things about myself and the world that I’ve been so lucky to be able to immerse myself in! Continue reading A Short Reflection…