1. Carbonated water is very common and that it your usually your first option when you order it at a restaurant or buy it at store unless you say you say you want Still water which is water without with bubbles.
2. Little girls can walk around the swimming areas with a bikini top until they develop breast.
3. People can swim nude at beaches, seas and lakes.
4. They have apple juice that is carbonated
5. Germany has a very pork culture
Those facts alone makes Germany so interesting to me because it shows how different their culture is from ours and people can take notice of that.
So this past week has went by so fast and they are have been filled so much activities and excursions to get to know the German culture. Traveling to get to Germany was so tiring due to the international time zone. Once we got to Berlin, we used public transportation to get to our hostel, which was interesting and confusing at the same. The days that we stayed in Berlin consisted of walking tours (in different neighborhoods), sightseeing (The Berlin Wall, The parliament building, The Jewish museum, etc) and eating a plethora of restaurants (by the way German Cuisine is very yummy and amazing!!!).
On Friday we transitioned to the other part of our trip was flying to Stuttgart and meeting up with our host families. For the past couple of months, I have been texting and FaceBooking Jasmin. I could not wait to meet her and the moment finally came. After observing the education course that Jasmin and the other German teachers take, we went to her house. Can I just say that her house is very amazing? Once she showed me the room that I would be sleeping in, I took a shower and relaxed a bit. After relaxing, I talked and hung out with Jasmin and Krista. We ate dinner which consisted of beef and potatoes cooked in a tomato and pepper sauce, had dessert which was a red current tart and raspberry pudding, played a card game and laughed the night away on the patio under the stars. It was the best that I have felt in days and made me feel very fortunate that I am able to have the opportunity to experience Germany and have a very lovely and hospitable host sister.
The next day went to the Black Forest, which was breathtaking and beautiful. I could feel the history in the air as we were walking through the open air museum. Learning about the farmers and technology that they used for water and appliances was very cool. I love history and architecture; so visiting the Black Forest was right up my alley. We ate a restaurant at the top of the Black Restaurant, which had a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains. I had a sausage platter, which consisted of black pudding, liverwurst sausage, bratwurst and other kinds of smoked and cured sausage and pork along with butter, bread and cheese. The one thing I had to keep in mind while sampling the food was that you have to have an open mind. Just because a food does not look like something you have never had does not mean it will not be appetizing and. Never short change yourself of an experience due to biases. You have to gives things a chance before you judge. Anyhow, we ended the excursion to the Black Forest by eating yummy Black Forest Cake.
Today I went to the Lake of Constance with Jasmin, her mother and Krista. It was a fantastic day to go swimming due to it being 100 degrees. As we made our way to the Lake, we took a tour of the Island (I can’t spell the name but it’s 10 minutes away from the Lake of Constance). There were beautiful mosaic plants in the shape of turkeys, swams and gnomes. We stopped the petting zoo to feed goats and visited the butterfly house then off to the lake we went. At the lake, I noticed that young children don’t have to wear a bathing suit. Girls don’t have to wear a bathing top at until they develop breast. There is a part of the lake where people can swim nude. Needless to say I saw a lot of nude people today. That made me think a lot about the our society and why nudity at the beach is so taboo and why little girls have to cover up when swimming,
Starting tomorrow, I will be in the classrooms and I look forward to meeting all of the students and getting to know them. I can’t wait to observe the teachers and teach some lessons. I’m very curious to see what teaching in Germany is like. This is going to be one busy week full of new and incredible experiences.