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Berlin was by so far the most interesting place I have been to. The architecture, the lifestyle, the art, the museums, monuments, ruins and history of Berlin was amazing. I have learned a lot of important information from both my Modern German History class and the trip itself. Even before I took this class, the only thing that I can think of Berlin is WWII and the Cold War. But there was so much history that I never knew of.
When we first arrived in Germany, it was the beginning of an adventure. We saw many different places and learned so much information that you do not see back at home. Berlin was filled with beautiful architecture that had been dated back the 1700’s, some of them were badly destroyed during the Second World War. There were different sections that were once called West and East Berlin. The remaining parts of the Berlin Wall were some of the highlights of the trip. I kept asking myself how one wall divided an entire city from two different ideologies during the Cold War.
Being part of this trip to me was all about learning the history of an entire nation and having an experience of a lifetime. While in Berlin, I learned about the early cultural and military expansion of once was called Prussia, the unification wars from 1864-1871, the leadership of Otto Von Bismarck, both world wars and Germany’s consequences, and the goals for both West and East Berlin. All of these topics that I have learned in class helped prepare myself of what had witnessed in Berlin. The experiences that I had fun was trying variety of different foods, learning the German language and getting to know new people that we soon became one big family. I have never had an experience like this and would love to go back to Berlin to see more places and would also love to have another adventure like this one.
My trip to Berlin was the first time I have ever been out of the county in my life, and I cannot wait to go back in a few years when all of the construction is done. I also cannot wait to travel even more in the near future. On our trip we saw so many things from museums to memorials for the Holocaust, and parks. We also learned a lot about the history of the city, and viewed some of the landmarks. One of my favorite things we did on the trip was the walking tour of Berlin, where we saw many landmarks, heard the history, and even stories about people. Two more things I liked about the trip were first I became friends with new people that go to my school, and had so much fun with them, and liked getting to know them. The second thing I liked was how organized the trip was, so we were able to view a lot of things in a short period of time and even had free time for our self. Berlin is such an amazing city, the people are so nice, it’s very clean, and they are more advanced in transportation and saving energy than America. I’m very glad I went on this trip, and would do it again in a heartbeat. In the near future I hope to go on another study abroad trip.
The Study Abroad trip to Berlin, Germany was an amazing learning experience. What was taught in class was complimented by the many sites we visited. Dr. Noonan and Dr. Lammers organized a great itinerary that included tours of the Tiergarten, the Berlin Wall, numerous museums, the German Reichstag, Karl Marx Allee, the Stasi museum and the Brandenburg Gate to name a few. On my free time I was able to take a once in a lifetime visit to Potsdam. While in Potsdam I had plenty of free time to visit the summer homes, which were more like palaces of Frederick The Great and Frederick William I.
My trip to Berlin was a rewarding experience that will last me a lifetime. Of the many memories I could choose to write about, I think it may be best to devote my energies to describing the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. For me, the memorial was more emotionally moving than any of the other sites on our trip. Walking in the footsteps of former Holocaust victims, seeing their overcrowded sleeping quarters, unsanitary conditions, and dismal surroundings was depressing. Although I took many pictures, I found it impossible to capture the sheer size of the place. I found the hundreds of acres of desolate landscape to be hopeless and intimidating. I was shocked and sickened by the experiments, murders, and shoddy autopsies performed by members of the S.S. and could not even stomach taking pictures of the autopsy room or the morgue. I thought the way in which the S.S. members pretended to be doctors giving a medical examination before they killed the prisoners was heartless and evil. Seeing the crematoria and unmarked graves was very sad. Sachsenhausen reeked of death and tragedy and taking a walking tour of the memorial was definitely a life changing experience that I will remember forever.
Our trip to Berlin was a wonderful–full of culture, history, and fun! Thanks to Drs. Noonan and Lammers, our well-planned itinerary enabled us to experience so much in just one week. Museums, monuments, the annual Culture Fest, restaurants, open-air markets, parks and the various sections of the city itself offered opportunities to immerse ourselves in the history and culture of Berlin and Germany. We also had time to explore the city and surrounding areas on our own time or just enjoy the accommodations in our hotel. As an adult continuing education student, I found the study abroad program to be a very worthwhile educational experience while getting to know fellow Caldwell College students of all ages.
From May 24th to May 31st, sixteen Caldwell College faculty, students, and guests traveled to Berlin, Germany. The trip was co-sponsored by the Departments of Art and History and Political Science, and led by Dr. Jennifer Noonan and Dr. Ben Lammers. Students had the option of taking courses in Art history with Dr. Noonan or a course in modern German history with Dr. Lammers. Highlights of the trip included a visit to the Reichstag building, the meeting place of the German Parliament, a walking tour of central Berlin, and a visit to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial. Art students were also able to visit a number of Berlin’s world-class galleries, including the Pergamon Museum and the Gemäldegalerie. History students visited museums devoted to the history of Berlin’s Jewish community and to the Stasi, the East German secret police. Students also had ample free time to explore other sights and attractions in Europe’s most exciting city. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany Berlin has undergone a remarkable transformation, and that transformation continues today. In the words of Jack Lang, “Paris is always Paris, and Berlin is never Berlin!”
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Our nine day trip is close to the end. It is a good choice for college student has experience in different countries. Depending on understanding different cultures and historical backgrounds, you can find out how the economy developed in the country.
In Prague, besides the narrow roads, sellers stand in front of small souvenir shop to draw the attention of tourists. Some of them said “hello” in different languages to be close to consumers. Also, most of the stuffs are connected to their history or culture, such as Russian decoration face. However, in Vienna, most of the stores are typically about fashion and special design. The economic in Vienna is well developed.
Some knowledge we can get from books or classes, but some knowledge is better to get with your true feeling, such as this trip experience. I got lots of culture shock during the trip, but this is the best class to teach me to be an international businessperson.