Letter: Rock climbing, Halloween are Crailsheim highlightsI have now been in Crailsheim for a little more than four months. Time is really starting to fly by. I find myself losing track of time often.
By: Kayli Kuhl, Worthington-Crailsheim exchange student, Worthington Daily Globe
I have now been in Crailsheim for a little more than four months. Time is really starting to fly by. I find myself losing track of time often.
School has been a lot of fun, too. In the first week of October, I went with my class on a three-day trip. We were in a small town in the area of Nurnberg for hiking and rock climbing. I was really surprised with how well I enjoyed the rock climbing, along with my class. It was different than anything I have ever done before, and by the end of the day found myself with a new found love. It was also a good time for me to get to know many of the other students in my class. At the end of the day we stayed at a really cool lodge, where we just got to hang out as a class and simply play games together. The class trip has been one of my biggest highlights so far in Germany.
Then, at the end of October, I found my new host family, which meant I would be soon leaving my home in Satteldorf. The last day I was in Satteldorf was on Halloween. Halloween in Germany was different. Here the kids don’t really dress up in costume and go door to door; only a few did. They observe Halloween as the reformations day in the church when Martin Luther wrote and posted the 95 Theses. For Halloween many went on Oct. 31, then to church in Satteldorf — the same church I have attended since I arrived here. We had evening fellowship and then a service at the church.
I was glad I was able to see and meet with the community one more time before I changed families because I had formed so many relationships with the small community. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of living in a small village where everybody knows everybody and worked together. But living in Crailsheim is fantastic. My new family, the Binders, includes the parents, Oskar and Anneliese. My new host sister, Jenny, is also in the same class as me, so every day we ride the bus to and from school together. She also has a brother but he is 31 years old; he still lives in Crailsheim and I see him from time to time.
I really like how now everything is within a short walking distance. Well, it doesn’t always seem so short now because it has been getting colder, but it’s still nice to walk in the beautiful city. I am really looking forward to the Christmas holidays here including events like Christmas Markets in neighboring cities, and just experiencing Christmas from a different culture. I miss everyone back at home, but at the same time find myself thinking less about home and more about this awesome experience. I consider myself so lucky to here and am looking forward to what’s in store for me coming up next!