After 43 days, 16 packs of gum, and over 250 miles of walking (in a boot I might add), it’s almost time to make our way back to Calvin.If you’ve read my previous blog post about my first impression of Berlin, you’ll know that I was slightly unimpressed with my first glimpses of the city. Now, here we are 6 weeks later, and I never want to leave. Sure, at first Germany didn’t exactly take my breath away, but after 6 weeks here, Germany has stolen a piece of my heart.
From the daily dönors at the oriental snack shop to the late night homework struggles, something about Germany felt very familiar; it felt a little bit like home. For the first time, I feel like I am going to be in culture shock going back to the US.
My favorite part of the Germany program was probably the part I wasn’t actually even in Germany. On our free weekend, a group of 7 of us took a short 4 hour train to Prague. We explored castles, discovered small restaurants, and created lasting relationships. Although the engineering knowledge won’t be forgotten soon, the friendships and relationships that I’ve made will be my biggest take away. I was challenged not only intellectually but also in my faith by an amazing group of people.
I can’t wait to share all of my adventures with my family and friends and can’t wait to go back!