Monday, July 6, 2009

Finally in Germany...

Hey! We finally made it to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It is absolutely amazing here! I have only been here for a couple of days, but I can already tell that I will definitely be back!

We left the Atlanta airport on Sunday night around 7 p.m. We ended up getting to Frankfurt, Germany around 10:00 am Monday morning, Germany time. After we got to Frankfurt, we had to take a train to Karlsruhe. VSU assistant professor Courtney Droms and Dr. Fred Ware made us stay awake the entire day to help us get over our jet lag. We went down to the Europaplatz to eat lunch in a local mall. After lunch, we went to look for fans, money and towels (things we didn’t pack because of the weight limit on our luggage). Later on that evening, we had dinner at the hostel. The food was surprisingly good! It was different, but really good.

After dinner a couple of us went to a local Starbucks to get a taste of home! After Starbucks, we found a local Pub, Scruffy’s, where we enjoyed a couple of drinks before heading back to our hostel. I don’t know where I found all of the energy to do all of that during the day! I was definitely running off of adrenaline!

On Tuesday, our German Language and Culture teacher met us at our hostel at 10 a.m. to give us a tour of Karlsruhe. We went to a local castle and explored the burial site of the founder of

the city, Karl. Afterwards, our entire group decided to plan a spontaneous trip to a nearby city called Heidelberg. It only took us about 45 minutes to get there by train. We toured a castle called Schloss Heidelberg. It was huge! It was way bigger than the castle in Karlsruhe. We had to walk up over 200 stairs to get to the top! It was well worth it! We spent all afternoon exploring the castle. We then took a short walk over to one of the nearest restaurants to eat dinner. Then we headed back to Karlsruhe. We all went straight to bed. We were so tired!

Today, Wednesday, we had an official welcoming from the mayor of Karlsruhe. He gave us a speech on the history of Karlsruhe and showed us a video of things to do in the city. We

learned there was a water park somewhere in the city, and I can’t wait to go! This afternoon we have been running errands and getting ready for our first weekend trip to Munich! We leave tomorrow afternoon after our first class!

I can’t wait to get back to tell you all about the fun things we did in Munich! I can already tell that this is going to be a trip of a lifetime! I have already started to form close friendships with the people on this trip. We are like one big happy family having the time of our lives in one of the coolest places in the world!

* Mallory is participating in a study abroad program in Karlsruhe, Germany, organized by Valdosta State University's Langdale College of Business Administration and International Programs.

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