When people hear the words, spring break, they think of somewhere that is nice and warm and probably has a beach. At least, people in Wisconsin think that since during spring break, there is still snow on the ground. However, on my spring break this year, I visited Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Liechenstein.
The trip was through the school and I got to go along with my friends and my mother. We landed in Frankfurt and right away I notice the difference. Germany was seven hours ahead of our time and it felt like midnight to us when really it was eight in the morning. The airport was filled with signs that had German written on it. We even had trouble finding a bathroom!
Germany felt like living in Green Bay, Wisconsin; cold and chance of snow. The interesting part was while it was cold in Germany, the grass was green and there were plants blooming. As we traveled, I could not believe the landscape that was before my eyes.
This trip meant a lot to me. This was the first time I had ever been out of the country. I had not even been to Canada or Mexico. The part that meant the most to me was that my mom got the chance to go. She also had never been to Europe even though she desperately wanted to. She had a chance before to go to Spain with my sister, but that did not work out. I gave her that chance ten years later. This trip gave us the chance to become closer than we have been.
Germany is mostly famous because of Hitler. Our group went to the first concentration camp, Dachua. Hearing about the camps is very different when you stand in front of a sign that says “Arbeit macht frie (work makes one free).” Our guide, Silke, said that Germans show this to help stop it from happening to other countries. The experience was very chilling and left you with sadness.
I learned many things while I was in Germany. With limited knowledge of the language, I managed to communicate to everyone I encountered. It surprised me how many people did not know English. In Green Bay, there is never a big reason to speak another language. This trip forced me to adapt. I learn to eat different foods while I was there. I have been known to be a picky eater, but on this trip I tried everything that was on my plate, even sauerkraut! It made me appreciate the food at home much more.
I wish that some of my other friends could have seen what I saw. While America is more modernized, Germany in some ways is still in the past. Their buildings have fantastic architecture that Americans do not preserve all the time. Germany shows off their history in smaller ways than America.
At the end of the trip, I was ready to go home, but I was going to miss Germany. My memories of that place are special to me. I sit at school now and think back to what happened there. I look at souvenirs and smile to myself, reminding me of trying to figure out Euros. This trip has been the best trip I had ever taken in my short life…so far.
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