Until Next Time

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.  Continue reading “Until Next Time”

Germany is the Wurst

It has been two and a half weeks since we arrived in Germany, and I have made some startling discoveries. The first is that German food is just terrible.


Can’t you see how terrible all this food looks? From the euro ice cream cones to a full meal of dönor for one 3.50 euro. It’s been a big struggle to stay well fed thus far.

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The school is the worst. The classes are interesting and the homework takes up some time, but the tests are almost unbearable. We have terribly uncomfortable testing conditions perfect for the lowest grade possible on a test.


Along with being underfed, there is a severe lacking of cheap, delicious ice cream.

Well I hope that by now you’ve caught on to the fact that everything in this post is the exact opposite. Germany is great and I can’t wait to have many more adventures!

Coffee Addict Update: I have found a bakery right near the bus stop next to school that sells decent black coffee for just a euro! I just might survive!

Concentrating on the Past

When you’re about to visit a concentration camp, there are so many emotions that you emotions you feel, expectations that you make, some consciously and others without even knowing. You expect to have this sad feeling about this terrible event that didn’t happen all that long ago. After finishing the tour and looking around the camp, I couldn’t help but feel like I didn’t feel sad enough from the experience. I was disappointed that I didn’t feel more from the experience. That’s when I realized that this whole thing really isn’t about me of the way I feel.

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Extraordinarily Normal

There are very few moments in my life that I can pinpoint and say that it really took my breath away. Ones that made my heart flutter, my lungs give out, and my mind go blank. As we touched down at the airport, we got our first view of Germany from the air and took our first steps on German soil. This is when I realized that this was not one of those moments.  Continue reading “Extraordinarily Normal”

Philippians 4:6-7

“6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. 7All the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts  and your minds in Jesus Christ.”

Like most courses at Calvin, we began our first class in the word of God where Professor De Rooy shared with us this verse before opening in prayer. I know that most family and friends of other students preparing to embark on this German adventure have been anxious and nervous about the safety of their loved ones. This verse definitely made me feel less anxious about the weeks to come so before I said anything else, I wanted to share this verse with all of you in hopes that you will find the same peace as I did. God has been, is now, and always will be in control.

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