Louie here! We’ve now been in Germany for about three weeks. Time is flying by, but I still realize that we have about 8 weeks left here. A lot has happened since Prague, and I will now share some of the adventures: This past weekend, we went to Weimar, which is the cultural capital of Germany pretty much. It’s a small city, but many famous writers/philosophers/thinkers of our time lived there: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Nietzsche.
We also visited the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. That was a very humbling experience. The camp is essentially built onto a mountain with a very beautiful view…a view that likely reminded the camp prisoners of a life they would never get to experience again. It was a depressing experience, but a necessary one (or at least I think so).
Yesterday was also a very big day: HOST FAMILIES. We moved in with our host families and I will say that it was easily one of the scariest things of my entire life. I was very nervous and was having deep second thoughts, but I think around 9:30pm…as I was writing this blog and pre-writing emails to my family and friends, I settled in. I’m sharing my host family with another exchange student: Vladimir. He’s from France and I think it’s so amazing that the only way we can communicate with eachother is via our second language. Not something you get to experience everyday. I feel fortunate!