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Turn me on to Electric Feel…

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 to murge with this culture, you find that there is something more.  In Lutherstadt Wittenberg, located in Sachsen, the people here do more than just drink beer and eat various types of meat.  They have their own way of living.

Since I’ve been here, maybe a month or so, I have learned from the German people.  Everyday as I walk to the Sprach Institute, I can see the people riding their bikes along the cobblestone paths, people sitting out in beer gardens talking about politics, and life moving in a positive direction.   Life here is so much different than back at Augustana, in our own little bubble away from the quad cities. 

For example, one night, me and Brennen Steffens went to a bar called Independent because we wanted to see what the night life of Wittenberg was like.  What we got was meeting these two cool guys who talked to us into the early morning about the most random of things, such as death, politics, zombies, and their own opinions of Angela Merkel.  It amazed me how open they were to talk to us, spilling portions of their lives out like coffee into a saucer.  Since that night, we hung out a few more times, playing fussball and enjoying beer.  Its little things like this that make me realize how great it is to be in a different country and to have been given this opprotunity.  When I first came to Germany, I just wanted to stay within the group and not meet any of the locals because I thought they all hated Americans.  After meeting Christian and Florian, I can say that I am a little more open to speaking with people I don’t know and can not always judge a book by its cover (how cliche).

So I guess I owe you guys a real blog now.  So what’s there to say about this country called Germany.  I will let pictures do the talking for now.  Look for more posts this upcoming next week.  I miss all of you…except that one person.  You know who you are.

 

Cranachaus!

Cranachaus!

outside our university...

outside our university...

a statue of Martin Luther that is being redone

a statue of Martin Luther that is being redone

 

the town square of sorts

the town square of sorts

 

pretty scenery in wörlitz

pretty scenery in wörlitz

me, kevin, and rt

me, kevin, and rt

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