When I used to dream of far away places, I would dream of the trip I would one day take to Germany. This dream became reality when I was proudly chosen to travel to Germany with my high-school German class in 2006. My journey began in June.
When I first got off the plane, reality finally sunk in. I was no longer dreaming. I saw the landscape and realized, my eyes were open, I was awake! Germany looked just as I had imagined. I was overwhelmed with the reality of my dream coming true and the fact that my feet were planted in German soil.
There was so much to do. As we were planning our days, we embarked upon great adventures. We climbed over enormous hills to see the greatest, most unique buildings I could have ever imagined.
The one building that I will never forget and I will say is my favorite was the Ludwigberg Castle in Ludwigberg, Germany. The intricate paintings that covered the ceilings made me feel like a fairytale princess. My dream was now becoming a reality.The second week that I was in Germany, we went to Munich.
The city was so big, it made me realize just how big Germany really is. Traveling to Munich was a time of self-discovery. I learned more about my heritage while learning more about myself.
I also ate a lot of German food, which I discovered that I love! Southern German food was my favorite after I discovered Bretzel, a German pretzel. In Heidelberg, I tasted Italian Gelato, which means ice cream, for the first time. Ice cream in America just cannot compare! Gelato was so creamy and soft. Instead of a spoon, it was served with a miniature shovel. Now, that is the way to eat ice cream!
As my travels through Germany came close to the end, I went to see the concentration camp, Dachau. That day was somber and emotionally exhausting. I learned so much about what had happened in Europe during World War Two. I realized the pain people sacrificed against their will. The worst part of the experience was the remains of the camp buildings.
It was then, that I realized that innocent mothers, children, and fathers had probably died in those same buildings. Another horrible experience in Dachau was the gas chamber that still remained. I could almost hear the silent sacrificial cries and screams. It was extremely sad and made me thankful for my life today. It was a great experience to see why the war existed in Europe and how lives of the Nazis were so twisted. It made me realize the power of evil.
All together, my travels through Germany left so many memories. I learned about a whole new and different culture. I found some of my favorite foods. I learned about the Holocaust. I saw some of the most amazing buildings in the world. And finally, I truly learned more about myself. After all, my fairytale dream came true!
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