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Exit Weimar…enter new family

Lieber die Studenten vom Augustana:

Louie here! We’ve now been in Germany for about three weeks. Time is flying by, but I still realize that we have about 8 weeks left here. A lot has happened since Prague, and I will now share some of the adventures: This past weekend, we went to Weimar, which is the cultural capital of Germany pretty much. It’s a small city, but many famous writers/philosophers/thinkers of our time lived there: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, Nietzsche.

We also visited the Buchenwald Concentration Camp. That was a very humbling experience. The camp is essentially built onto a mountain with a very beautiful view…a view that likely reminded the camp prisoners of a life they would never get to experience again. It was a depressing experience, but a necessary one (or at least I think so).

Yesterday was also a very big day: HOST FAMILIES. We moved in with our host families and I will say that it was easily one of the scariest things of my entire life. I was very nervous and was having deep second thoughts, but I think around 9:30pm…as I was writing this blog and pre-writing emails to my family and friends, I settled in. I’m sharing my host family with another exchange student: Vladimir. He’s from France and I think it’s so amazing that the only way we can communicate with eachother is via our second language. Not something you get to experience everyday. I feel fortunate!

Bis demnaechst



2 Responses to “Exit Weimar…enter new family”

  1. Bravo!
    We love you Louie!


  2. How awesome that you have someone from France too. That has to be an amazing experience! Make good contacts with him. You never know when you’ll need to know someone on the other side of the world.

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