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.
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.
If I was in charge and good at running a country, I would model it after how Germany operates. From my perspective they do things the way they should be done. They focus on recycling, their carts swivel right and strangers don’t talk you unless they have something worthwhile to say. Continue reading If I was in charge…