Tag #5 – Die Mauer und Höhenflüge

Etwas zeitverzögert lest ihr hier den Tagesbericht zum Wochenstart verfasst von Benedikt:

Am Montag sind Daniel und ich wie immer ziemlich früh aufgestanden. Dann hatten wir Frühstück, dort gab es wie gewohnt Cornflakes, Müsli oder getoastete Sandwiches, die Daniel ziemlich gut geschmeckt haben. An diesem Tag fuhren wir mit dem Bus und der Bahn zum Treffpunkt. Auf dem Weg und vor Allem in unserem Dorf, fand Daniel es sehr erstaunend, dass wir nicht wirklich hohe Häuser dort stehen haben, so wie in Südkorea. Außerdem entdeckte er viele Kleinigkeiten, die einem Deutschen nicht auffallen würden, wie der Aufzug, oder die Tiefgarage. Nach dem wir mit den öffentlichen Verkehrsmitteln in der „Gästeetage“ ankamen, trafen wir dort die Anderen.
Später sind wir zum ,,Pane e Vino“ gegangen, ein sehr leckeres italienisches Restaurant. Dort hatten wir, eigentlich wie erwartet, alle Pizza gegessen und die Koreaner mochten die Pizzen sehr. Auf dem Weg zum ,,Wall Memorial“ der Berliner Mauer, haben wir den Koreanern, oder sie uns, Wörter und Sätze in Koreanisch und Deutsch beigebracht, im Grunde war es ziemlich toll neue Wörter zu lernen.

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Am ,,Wall Memorial“, hat es mir persönlich sehr viel Spaß gemacht Daniel und den anderen Koreanern die Geschichte der Mauer in Berlin zu erzählen und ihre Fragen zu beantworten. Nach der Besichtigung gingen wir alle in den Kletterpark Mount Mitte, der aussieht wie ein riesiger Zylinder mitten in Berlin.

Das tolle an dem Kletterpark ist, dass man über die ganze Stadt gucken konnte, wenn man hoch genug klettert. Was ich ziemlich gut fand, war das egal wie hoch man klettert, man immer mindestens einen aus der Gruppe hatte, der mit einem geklettert ist.

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Als sich der Tag zum Ende neigte, gingen wir noch zu einem indischen Restaurant, das auch sehr lecker war. Auch dort hat man, obwohl ich es nicht gedacht hätte, eine wichtige Rolle als Deutscher gespielt, denn wir mussten natürlich unseren Partnern die Speisekarte erklären und auch seine persönliche Meinung mit einbringen. Dann sind wir schließlich gegangen und wenn ich es mir überlege, dann war der Montag auch ein echter Erfolg.

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#2 Weekend – A short trip to Paris

This is Ann’s and Magali’s weekend:

After a short plane ride we arrived in Paris and went directly to the Hotel we were staying at.
The next morning we started our tour with the host family at Notre Dame de Paris. Because it burnt a few days ago we couldn’t go inside but we still saw it. After that we took the metro to the Eiffel Tower, which we looked at while enjoying our Café.

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To get an overview of Paris we took a Boat a so-called „Bateau Mouche“ which drove us over the river Seine. For lunch we ate Spanish food at the Restaurant of the Louvre were afterwards we saw Mona Lisa.

From the Louvre we walked to the Champs-Elysées stopping shortly at „Concorde“ & the „Arc de Triomphe“ to finally arrive at „Ladurée“ were we enjoyed our Tea and Macarons.

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As a souvenir we bought some more for some of the other students.

To complete the Journey we went all the way up to Montmartre where we enjoyed a beautiful view over Paris and a delicious dinner with friends of the family.

On the next day we went to Cologne. We arrived after a long trip by car and after lunch we made a big shopping tour through the city. As we finished we took a break at the Rhine before meeting the family for dinner.
We ate at a typical restaurant for Cologne a so-called „Brauerei“. As it was the night before Easter there was the „OsterNacht“ at Cologne Cathedral. The Archbishop of Cologne read from the Bible -we are not sure about it- after that everyone got a candle and passed over the flame so that finally the Cathedral Which was dark at first was filled with light.

On Sunday morning we started our day by celebrating easter with a typical Easter Breakfast with presents and after this we searched Easter Eggs that were hidden in the garden.

After lunch we left again to do a little sightseeing tour. We saw the Rhine and the Cathedral again, took a look at Magali’s school & enjoyed the skyline. After drinking some fresh Ice Tea we went to the „Kirmes“ with some friends and drove the bumper car which was kinda cool. We really liked it. After doing that, we came back home and ate Döner which we really enjoyed and we finished our weekend by watching a Ghibli Movie.
We both liked it. It was a perfect weekend for both of us.

Magali Salièges & Bak Seoyeong (Ann)

#1 Easter Weekend – Northern Germany

Here you can read about Annika’s and Jiye’s weekend in Bremen:

Friday

Because we arrived at Bremen central station kind of late the previous day, we made the friday morning chill for us. Jiye also was tired because of the long flight. So we had a late breakfast and then, at 1 pm, we left for a tour through our local German landscape. We drove to a pretty museum called „Barkenhoff“. And after we had a little picknick, we drove to see the ocean. The weather was really good. Just right, like not too hot and not too cold.

As we drove back home we could see some camels standing right there on a German hill. They came from a circus. It was a good expirience for Jiye, because she has never seen camels in her life.

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Saturday

It was one of the best days for us, because we, mostly Jiye, could expirience what a casual day of German girl friends in Bremen looks like. It began with lunch on board of an old ship where one could eat traditional German pancakes. Actually it was really packed inside, so we had to wait for a long time, but the food was still good. After this we saw near to all of the famous monuments and buildings in Bremen and Jiye really liked the people on the streets who made some streetarts. But after all the walking we got a little bit thirtsy and grabed a cocktail (of course without alcohol) at the „Schlachte“. Its place next to the Weser, where much of young people come, when it gets hot outside.

At the evening we went to the „Osterwiese“. Its a big amusement park which lasts for 2 weeks, two times a year. Theres is lots of special food, like „Schmalzkuchen“, a very famous sweet snack in northern Germany. As it got darker outside all the lights shined and from every direction you could hear music and people laughing. It was such a different expierience for Jiye.

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Sunday

As many christian people in Germany do, we celebrated eastern today. We met up with a big part of my familiy and everyone was so happy to meet Jiye. Theres was lots of German food prepared by my grandmom. We all ate together and then searched for easter eggs and presents in the garden. Also we had a lot of fun playing some games with my cousins. We even went to a small house where you can play a lot of games people used to play in the 1950 years in Germany. Jiye was so good at doing this and almost won every game. Jiye and my whole familiy really enjoyed this kind of expirience.

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Essay #2 – Foreigners in Germany

Hier lest hier Nicolas‘ Essay: „Foreigners in Germany“

Germany can look back on a long history of migration. Already in the 17th century thirty to fifty thousand religious refugees from France, the Huguenots, immigrated to the German territories and made an important contribution to the economical, cultural and political development in Germany.

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Weiterlesen „Essay #2 – Foreigners in Germany“