Though leaving our host families was really sad, it has been nice to travel around and see Germany with the other GAPP kids. We shopped around Bamberg for a day, and we got the opportunity to see a few churches and an art museum while there. Then we went to Kronach, where our youth hostel was a former castle. Since Kronach is our sister city, the GAPP group met with the Kronach mayor for a little while. Now we are in Berlin. We’ve seen the Brandenburg gate, Alexanderplatz, a few museums, a concentration camp, and of course, we’ve spent plenty of time shopping, and even found some time to do group face masks. Enjoy the pictures.(:
Our time here in Germany, although a bit tiring, has been really fun and exciting. There has been a lot to do here, including traveling to different cities in the area or just exploring the towns in which we live. What was strange a couple of weeks ago in terms of German life and culture, has quickly become normal life. Some of my favorite places I have visited include the shopping in Saarbrucken, a fun trip to Europa Park, and the Black Forest in southern Germany. We are now upon the final days of life with our host families, and are beginning to prepare for our departure to Bamberg in only a couple of days. I am definitely excited to visit Berlin and look forward to the rest of our time here in Germany. Below are photos of some of the places I have visited.
Please excuse the last few days without any news. The students have had a long weekend and a holiday at school. We will post more tonight about what they did individually and collectively in their groups.
The students got to experience the market in Blieskastel today. They have read about such markets in their textbooks, but it was nice to watch them walk around and view all of the area products, fresh produce, meats and cheese, flowers, etc. Some even walked away with a treat (or two). Enjoy the pictures.
My visit to Germany has been good so far! We’ve done a lot, and I’m seeing lots of things in Germany and also on our trip to Bitche, France. The first day we were here we watched the big soccer game with Duncan and Chiara. My host family along with Diana’s host family visited Bitche on Sunday, and saw some fantastic views and a little show that was in French. We also watched a big bike race that was in Anna’s village, Reinheim. There were even some American bikers, and it was really neat to see the whole village come together to watch the race. My first few days of school have been interesting, since I can only understand the English lesson and some of the math. Anna and her friends and family here have been great with helping me feel comfortable. I’m excited to go to Mainz tomorrow with all the GAPPers, and for the next few weeks in Germany!
So far, Germany has been fantastic. My family is very welcoming and is always including me in their activities. I’ve been taken to a Rhododendron garden, where I ran into Paige. The garden is full of different kinds of vendors, selling handmade items such as goat-fur brooms and jewelry. I was then taken to a Middle Ages Festival, where people were dressed up in medieval costumes and even forging their own weapons and armor. Below are some pictures of the Rhododendron garden, the Medieval Festival, and Blieskastel.