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.