My adventure in Germany has just ended. These six weeks came by very quickly. I still remember the excitement that soared in me the first day I got to Germany. It was my first time in Europe and it was an awesome feeling. I found Germany to be a place that contained a wealth of history. Every place we walked or visited had something peculiar and it was simply beautiful. We toured lots of places but my favorites sites were the East side Gallery and the Heidelberg Castle. Continue reading My Germany experience in a few words
“How does it feel to be home?” That is the most often question I am asked, and the best word to describe being back in the states is “weird.” Continue reading A WakeUp Call to a New Culture
Like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.
First of there was a small culture shock. Trying to understand everyone and every sign in new language and context was a little difficult at times, but I quickly learned that small difficulties can make huge hold ups. I started my visit with one such hold up. Continue reading My Two Cents
It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun and I learned a lot. I got to enjoy German culture and see many cathedrals and bridges. I met some Germans and although they are very standoff-is at first they are a friendly people. I enjoyed German food at all different restaurants. I also ate lots of Turkish food because it was much cheaper. I enjoyed my classes at the University of Berlin and I looked forward to talking with my German professors on the cultural excursion we took out side of class. I played a lot of soccer on a dirt field near our hostel and played with Germans several times. Our Hostels by the way were pretty nice. I shared a room with five other guys despite the lack of air conditioning it was still tons of fun. I would like to go back at some point but there are many more places I want to see first. It was a great experience that helped me grow as a person and helped make this summer great.
It isn’t easy to tell from this picture but this whole gate is very crooked. It was built on a soft foundation which allowed it to change shape so crazily. Many German cities had gates which once were for protection, then they became a place for armies to march through, but now they are tourist attractions.
This massive park/memorial area was made by the Russians during their occupation of the city of Berlin. It was absolutely huge with pictures of battles carved into the stones. At the far side there is a statue of a Russian man crushing a swastika while holding a sword and a child.
This gem of a picture was taken on a train. Its actually fairly self-explanatory what happened. Some Hispanic guys and several Germans were all laughing together at Nate. It really brought the world closer together.
This summer in Germany was full of many experiences. It is a handful and often fun to look back on. I often find myself thinking ” Wow, did that really happen?” The trip was awesome. I am not underselling it either. If there is anyone out there reading this who is planning to go on this trip or just abroad in general, I highly recommend that you do it. Studying abroad is a wonderful experience and it will be worth it. When someone asks me about my trip and says “So how was it?” usually my first response is ” Oh, it was great!” After I say this I begin to dissect parts of my trip and explain stories. My go to is the one where I was in Hamburg. Being in Hamburg was a treat. I visited the city with 4 other friends in which one had an uncle there. His uncle was the coolest guy: he showed us around the city, brought us to a historical church and to the top of it, showed us the main port of the city, and brought us to his five star restaurant. It was the best meal I have ever had and I was thankful for his uncle hospitality because Continue reading An Unexpected Adventure
Bremen was a city that seemed to move slowly. The people there were in no rush to get anywhere or do anything quickly. It struck me as an old people town, with many kick-knacks to buy and open air restaurants to dine at. We had an interesting cultural encounter at a restaurant there. Neither I nor those I was eating with were aware that you pay a different price for your food if you want to sit at a table. Things did get a little tense when the meal cost more than we thought and the waiter could not communicate why.
But that encounter aside I did enjoy the city very much. Because it was not a tourist city souvenirs were inexpensive and the city was rich with history and stories. There were multiple colorful statues which were only embellished by Professor Neilson’s stories. It was here that i got to enjoy my first German public restroom. I was surprised that it was entirely automated and that it had music. My final impression of Bremen is that it would be a great city to retire in.
It’s hard to believe that I’m back, but at the same time it almost feels like I never left. It’s strange walking around Calvin’s campus again; weirdly strange that people are still doing the same things I left them doing. Continue reading I Guess I’m Back
This picture was taken on my birthday. It was quite an experience to celebrate my birthday in Germany. Prior to this trip, I had never imagined that someday I would spend my birthday in Germany. For me, it wasn’t just a day to mark another year of growth in my life. I was truly happy: happy for the fact that God had been so gracious and had ordered my footsteps all the way to Germany. Happy because I had the privilege to tour and see beautiful places. Lastly, I was happy because I had good friends to share the moment with. Continue reading Germany in pictures
Being my second time actually leaving the United States, I was stoked to be able to go to Germany, but I had not anticipated what I was about to experience. It was more than just a vacation, even though I got to laze around and not do work and had a lot of fun doing so. It was more than just a class, even though I learned a lot about trusses, forces, and springs. This is the first trip I have ever had where I felt like I was actively engaging in another culture. It felt like one giant lesson on German life from the day we got there to the day we left, and a challenging one at that. Nothing came to us right away, we all had to experience it before we could learn from it. It took me a while before I realized that I had to take a water bottle everywhere I went, to use the bathrooms where they were still free, and to not become as dependent on soft drinks. Although it was a pain at times to get used to the new culture, it was all the more rewarding when we were able to apply the things we learned. Being apart of the culture allowed me to better appreciate the history and the historical sites we visited. This trip was an experience that I couldn’t have attained from any German class or museum, and I am more than grateful for being able to go on this adventure.