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.