Hello! We have all arrived safely, with no luggage mishaps. We only have the internet when we go to the university. We are living in the Cranachhaus, which is very nice. The first picture I posted is the view from our kitchen! Everything is great here in Wittenberg. It’s a really small city, but has so much to do. There are shops everywhere and places to eat and kilometers to walk. We have a full kitchen, and tonight we are planing on cooking pasta together. We’ve been to some great places. Expect a post with a ton of pictures about Park Wörlitz later on.
I think Alex said it best: “How am I supposed to describe being here? Am I supposed to talk about how it feels to sit at a restaurant with a beer in the shadow of Martin Luther’s church?” We are all grateful for this opportunity and I think we’re all having an amazing time. I love it here, and I’m fairly certain this is going to be a great ten weeks.
Something very cool happened last night. I was sitting outside in the courtyard with a few people, and this guy came up and started talking to us. Turns out he was the director of the Cranach estate. From what I gather, he was in charge of the house and all the historical aspects of it. We had a good hour-long conversation about everything from American politics to Goethe to life in the DDR. It was an amazing feeling to be able to hold an intellectual conversation in German. We’ve all already gotten so much better. Being able to interact with locals and German people is such a great feeling. The program is already accomplishing what it is supposed to, and it hasn’t even been a week yet!
Tomorrow we go to Berlin, and we get an exclusive tour of the Bundestag, or German Parliament. How cool is that?!
Look forward to future posts!
Mit freundlichen Grüßen aus Wittenberg, DL