Most of my experience in Germany was defined by those I spent time around. That is to say that my experience was defined by 40-odd Calvin students. I can’t say much about the German people or culture given that I spoke with only a handful of actual Germans. Add this to the fact that most of our time was spent in the very international, secular city of Berlin and I was left with an experience that is akin to living with a bunch of Calvin classmates surrounded by the sounds of the German language. The culture would be better defined by our experiences in other smaller German cities that are maybe less severely defined by WWII and the Cold War.