Before our first exciting (albeit sleepless) journey across the Atlantic, Continue reading “Tschüss Deutschland!”
What did you do on your free week? What did you see? Where did you go? What was it like?
My experiences in Germany have taught me many things. First, people are people, no matter where they come from. We may have different cultures, different languages, and different landscapes, yet when you get to the core of a person, be they from Germany or anywhere else, they have same desires as someone from the United States, to be respected, to be loved, and to succeed. It taught me how to be an adult. I hand-washed my own clothing, traveled across foreign borders with guardian there to protect me, dealt with the consequences of loosing a wallet in a foreign city and learned sometimes you just have to trust God. It taught me how to improvise, some things can’t be planned, and there are some things you just don’t know, but you have to work without that knowledge anyway, so you find a little courage and keep going even if it’s hella embarrassing, or beyond your abilities; life doesn’t always coddle us. Lastly, I experienced God’s hand, even when I felt that whole situation was falling apart that my grades would ruin college career, or that I’d lost, bereft of any lifeline, God was there and showed me a way.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
– Matthew 6:34
This past weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Copenhagen with six other friends. These plans were made at the last minute, mere days before we arrived, as we had no idea we would have the time free until the week of the trip. This past weekend represents a period of great growth to me.
My visit to Germany was great. The first thing that comes to mind is the food. I am going to miss Currywurst and Fries and the occasional Döner. The most memorable thing about my visit had to be hearing my German professor tell us stories about growing up in Germany, and what it was like living in the east while the wall was still up. Visiting the various cities was also very memorable. I love the old german architecture and the tight streets that wind through the many homes and shops. I also have to note that just about everyone I saw smoked cigarettes. Now every time I smell cigarette smoke it reminds me of hopping off of the busses, or walking around city streets. I only have two complaints. One is that there are no drinking fountains, the other is the inaccessibility of toilets. I learned how to work around these problems however, so all was well.
As I walked outside of the train station in Köln, my jaw dropped at the sight of the Köln cathedral. It was without a doubt the most amazing building I have ever seen. The city however was full of tourists, which took away some of its authenticity.
We attended a mass in the cathedral, which was a very interesting experience. Im glad I attended the service, however it was a very foreign to me. I could not understand anything that was said, probably due to the fact there was no english spoken. During the service they spread incense around, something I have never seen. Compared to my church, it was very formal and ritualistic.
Bremen was a great city because it was far less touristy than Berlin. Berlin seemed very “American” as it seemed to be catering to tourists. In my five weeks spent in Germany, I would say that Bremen was the first time I really experienced Germany. Besides all of the scaffolding, I could see history present in the architecture.
We took a boat ride down the river. This was a beautiful experience, especially the nap I took midway through. We also shopped around a bit, and ate ice cream.
This trip was amazing. Continue reading “How was your trip?”
Bremen is a city that seems as though it has not entirely moved along with time. All the streets are cobble, most of the buildings are old, and there is even a section of the town not accessible by cars. Continue reading “Bremen”
Spending six weeks in Germany was amazing. For the first few weeks the other students and I spent much of the day in class and doing homework. However, when we weren’t occupied with our studies we were able to explore Berlin, from museums and historical sites to the everyday life of a Berliner. Continue reading “Germany Trip”