Hello friends! I have been in Germany for a month now and already have experienced so many amazing things. Currently, I live in Onolzheim, a nearby village of Crailsheim. It’s been fun to see parts of the different villages. The adjustment has been going well.
I have tried a lot of new food, met new friends and have been learning more about the culture. So far my favorite food is gelato and Grille Kase, which is a block of cheese that you put on the grill and is so delicious. I bought a Dirndl, which is a traditional dress for women.
I was able to visit Austria with Lilo Herzig, her dad and her two younger siblings. It was so beautiful there. We stayed at a hotel in a little village surrounded by the Alps. We were able to climb one of the mountains, bike around and see the sights. My favorite part of the trip was being able to swim in the most beautiful lake. The water was so clear and the Alps surrounded it, so I was able to float and look at the mountains. I was also able to go to a tree house hotel. It was very similar to camping. We grilled, played games and looked at the stars.
I wanted to try something new so I joined the soccer team, which has been challenging but fun. Not only do I get to try a new sport, but with soccer I’ve been able to meet more people. Soccer isn’t sponsored by the school but with a club, so there are girls there of all ages from 16-23.
One of my new favorite hobbies is riding a bike. However, this hasn’t always been the best for me; I had a bike accident and had to get three stitches in my chin! Now I will have a scar that will always remind me of Germany. My favorite time to bike is Tuesday mornings when I ride to the city center to the Farmers Market. I enjoy sitting downtown while taking in the color, sights, sounds and smells of the people selling their goods.
I’ve been having a good time and I can’t wait to see what the next month brings! I appreciate everyone who continues to support this wonderful program that has allowed me to have this great experience.