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Letter: Student's time in Worthington is winding down

My time in Germany has gone so fast. It's hard to believe that I boarded my plane for Crailsheim exactly one year ago, and in 10 days I will be boarding my return flight to Worthington.

My time in Germany has gone so fast. It’s hard to believe that I boarded my plane for Crailsheim exactly one year ago, and in 10 days I will be boarding my return flight to Worthington.

 

My experience as the exchange student has been life-changing. I have strolled through the magnificent cities of Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin and Stuttgart. In my travels around Germany I tried something new called Laufrad fahren. This is a bicycle but, instead of pedals, you have to run with your feet. It is also made out of wood. It was a lot of fun, but it really hurts your backside due to it having a weird seat. I enjoyed trying it. Tom Keller and I took this form of cycling to the next level by riding a tandem model. Tom and I participated in a race on the tandem, and we got a lot of cheers. We actually got first place in our division due to us being the only team riding a tandem bike.

 

I am jealous of my American classmates because I am still in school. My mind and body keep telling me that I should be done because school always ended in May or June. I mentally have to battle with being in summer mode every day. It’s so easy to go on a daydream trip when I think about the warm weather, wearing flip flops and going swimming. Swimming is probably my biggest activity at this time. I have really enjoyed swimming with my friends. We go almost every day after school and I'll stay there until I have to go to my other sports, fencing and running.

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I want to thank all my German hosts. They have been so kind and generous. It seems like someone always has some wonderful new experience that they want to share with me. I got to go on a flight over Crailsheim recently. This was a two-man flight, and I appreciated the opportunity to see the city from the air. It was overall an experience I will never forget.

 

I do say that I am going to miss my life in Germany. It has been the most wonderful year of my life. I will miss my host families who graciously opened their homes to me, and I will miss all the friends I have made through school, band and activities. For Grace Moody and any future WHS student considering becoming the next Crailsheim student, I have to put in a plug for Elfriede’s Käsespätzle. I like to think of it as heaven on a plate. I am excited about my return to America and sad about leaving Germany. At the same time I know that I will be coming back sometime in the future, so that's really comforting.

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