Germany was great, to be succinct. To be a little more elaborate, Germany showed me what I appreciate about the United States, but also what was fascinating about Germany and the culture of Germany. Germany was fascinating because of the history that could be found if you just observe your surroundings. I loved the food in Germany, such as döner and the simple German breakfast of brötchen, meats, cheeses, and cucumbers or tomatoes. I appreciated the quiet places in Berlin and around Germany, with their parks being no exception. Seeing first hand the influence of refugees on Germany was extremely interesting and thought provoking.
I also learned a lot about engineering through the statics and dynamics class. I began to see real examples of engineering at work that I could connect to my class. One of the most important things about this trip was getting to know people. I am thankful that I became friends with many of the people on the trip. I am thankful for the blessings that God has given me on this trip. Thanks to the Professors and all who made this trip so great.
Going to Germany was an amazing experience. It goes without saying that Europe is much different from north America but I’ll have to say it anyways. It was much different. The first thing I noticed was that everyone smokes. When walking downtown, one can always find someone with a cigarette. Continue reading “My time in Germany”
In Europe, religion has been losing its importance for quite some time. At one time, the catholic church would choose who the rulers of Europe were, and they had a “divine right” to rule. That monarchy has now almost completely disappeared aside from a few symbolic positions. I don’t know the exact reason this has happened but when the nobility no longer requires people to be of the same religion, the importance of religion to the average person will be much lower. Also, the horrors of war in Europe probably led many to question their beliefs. In their minds God is either not all-loving because he lets terrible things happen, or he is not all-powerful and cannot stop bad things from happening.
I would wager that this will probably happen in America, but not to the same extent.
It seems like such a long time ago since I left home and arrived at Calvin, and yet the summer flew by. Building a community with fellow engineers during the homework began on day one. Continue reading “Home Again”
In short, our trip to Germany was fantastic. We were based in Berlin but traveled to other cities almost every weekend, plus we could travel on our own the last week we were there. Continue reading “A Truly Amazing Experience”
If I had to sum up everything that I learned, did, and saw in Germany in a word, it would be “unreal”. I mean that quite literally too. Whenever I look back on this trip, I find myself asking, “Did that really happen? Did I really fly for the first time? Did I really travel to a foreign country where I barely spoke the language and live there for six weeks? Did I really coordinate a trip to Denmark and stay with an exchange student from high school? Did I really do all of that on top of a 200 level engineering class?” Continue reading ““Hey how was Germany?””
While Bremen was not a very large city, it was still very fun to explore. It was a bummer that it was raining at times, but we still found fun things to do. Continue reading “A Trip to Bremen”
“So you went to Germany for six weeks?”
Yep. We did. We experienced German culture at its finest over the past six weeks. We visited multiple cities in, and even around, Germany. We tried our best to converse with locals in German. We even took two classes in the middle of all that. But I’m willing to bet that every single one of us would want to do it all over again.
Continue reading “So…Now What?”
This summer was amazing! I still remember when I first heard about it at Calvin; I called up Dad and said, “Dad, guess what- I’m going to Germany this summer”. There was never a dull moment for the past six weeks. If we weren’t busy with class or homework, we were out exploring the city or some other part of Germany. Continue reading “What I did this Summer”
Going to Germany was a good experience. I found the trip to be a good length (6 weeks) because I was constantly learning knew things about the city, but I didn’t get tired of the city life and noise until the end of the trip. It was neat to experience a different culture and see how the German people live. The food was good (mostly because of these wonderful things called Dӧners. Google ‘em for more info) but German food lacks fruit and vegetables, a major staple of my diet, so that was something to get used to. We always spent a fair amount of time on school work, but it was never overwhelming. The group seemed to have a good dynamic and homework was usually a social event, allowing us to all check methods and results with others. The professors did a good job keeping us busy on the weekends while still giving us some time to travel independently or just relax. Overall, the trip was great and I would definitely recommend it to others.