30 August, 2009
On Friday we filled out some paper-work to register with the city of Reutlingen and then went on a tour of the downtown area. After the tour I decided that I couldn't go any longer without a cell phone, so I bought a pre-paid phone for €50. A mobile phone is a very reassuring thing to have in a foreign country.
On Saturday we (by the way, when I say "we", I'm usually talking about me and the other 9 Valpo students who are currently studying in Reutlingen) took a bus trip to the Black Forest. We stopped first at Triberg the home of the world's largest cuckoo clock. That was a quaint little tourist town. We had a very German picnic lunch of bread and cheese. The next stop on the tour was Titisee another tourist town with a very beautiful in-land sea. Erin Dillon, the other VIEP-German participant, and I had some tasty ice cream.
Today I got to really test my German language skills when I went to church on my own. I went to the Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Reutlingen. That means something like Evangelical-Free Church. A lot of the older members didn't speak any English so I had to make my way around in German. It was a challenge but very rewarding at the same time. It's nice to know that if I have to I really can speak a different language. Thankfully the preaching pastor was very good at annunciating so he was very easy to understand. After the service, Gottesdienst, I went out to lunch with some of the young adults from the congregation. They were a joy to be around. They were curious what my favorite food was to which I could only truthfully respond "Macaroni and cheese or PB and J". They said "typisch Amerikaner" and I don't blame them. I can be a typical American sometimes.
After lunch we went on a tour of Tuebingen, a close by town. We had dinner at a local brewery, delicious. I've definitely been enjoying the German beer.
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Written by Jonathan Larson at 8/30/2009 09:55:00 PM
26 August, 2009
The international studies office recommended that we bring some little items we can give as gifts to host families or Professors. So, Mom and I stopped at Curtis Orchard in Champaign and got some popcorn-on-the-cob which was grown right here in Illinois. I thought that would be a fun and unique gift that I can give people I meet along the way.
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Written by Jonathan Larson at 8/26/2009 03:45:00 AM