Hey, my name is Joel Novick, and I’m from Bloomington, IL. I just finished my sophomore year here at Augustana. I’m double majoring in poltical science and English with a minor in German. This fall, I will be traveling to Germany where I will be studying for three months. Having been to Germany once before, I am excited to return there and see all that it has to offer and meet new people along the way. I hope you enjoy my adventures as I document them!
In the words of George Santayana, a traveler must possess fixed interests and facilities to be served by travel. By having these fixed beliefs, people carry with them these stereotypes of different cultures and ethnicities. As stereotypes go, most people view German culture as being just about beer, sausage, and lederhosen. But as you begin [...]
…and I feel very conflicted, like being caught in the middle of a game of tug-o-war. On one hand, I see myself enjoying these next three months with the people around me, laughing, growing, and enjoying German culture. On the other hand, this will be the first time that I have been out of the country [...]