Today is the middle of the first week of my study abroad to Germany. I have already done so many cool things and I am so far really enjoying it. On the first day, we saw a section of the Berlin wall. This was particularly interesting because a part of the wall was standing by a watchtower and when you looked in between the wall it looked just like it would have to somebody during that time. This was particularly powerful to me because it put an image and a feeling in me of what it was like for someone in that time. On the first day, we also went to Gendarmenmarkt where the is some really nice architecture. While we were there we sat down where people were playing music and sketching. Another place I found interesting was today’s excursion to Wald. Berlin. Klima. Here we walked around to the different stations along the trail and learned about eco-preservation. There was an especially cool station the had painted tree trunks to symbolize how many trees it took to break the CO2 of a human being in a year. To me, this was very interesting because I have always taken an interest in the environment and the impact that we, as humans, have on it. After this, we climbed to the top of the Grunewald tower and saw the most amazing view. Other cool and fun things in these first few days were trying my first Radler, which is just a pilsner beer mixed with sprite. At first, I did not know what to expect, but it turned out to be amazing. Also in these first few days, I went to my first Biergarten. All in all, I am enjoying my first few days and looking forward to what is to come next.
Today is my last day in the USA before leaving for my study abroad trip to Germany. This also makes it my last day of free water and expensive beer! I am still not fully packed to go, but I am not surprised. This past week leading up to Germany I had a few German-speaking classes to get a basic understanding of the language and what to expect. Although my German is “nicht so gut” I am excited to try to speak it none the less.
I am excited to go to Germany for so many reasons. One reason being my grandfather’s brother was stationed there after World War 2 and married a German woman. Although we have lost contact, I still have second cousins there. Another reason is my Dad’s father was part German. The biggest reason is that I recently have a thrill for wanting to go to different countries and see as much of the world as possible. I am so thankful for this opportunity to study abroad. A lot of my friends did not take the opportunity to or couldn’t and they all say how lucky I am to be able to this. Our first stop for this trip is the Berlin Wall. I have learned about it in history class and I am very excited to see it in person.