My Trip to Germany (From Rosendale, Wi)

Hi! My name is Rachel Thompson, and I am a 14-year old from Rosendale, Wisconsin. I go to Rosendale Intermediate School and spend most of my free time either playing piano, hanging out with friends, or reading. I'm so excited to be visiting another country for the first time!

When I heard that I had the chance to go to Germany, I just had to check it out! My exchange student, Amy, had a great time with us when she came to visit in January. We visited the state capitol, Lambeau field (where the Packers play), and had a good time learning about each other's culture. One of Amy's favorite things about Wisconsin was the snow. She said they barely got any where she lived! I'm looking forward to finding out what else might be different in Germany.

My exchange partner, Amy Müller

I'm looking forward to:

Eating German food

Seeing German buildings

Visiting a German school

I'm so glad Amy and her family gave me the opportunity to visit their home! I'm really looking forward to it!

Update:

I'm in Germany now, and enjoying it a lot! So far, I've been learning a lot about German culture by staying with Amy's family.

Update #2: My Trip to Marburg

The other American students and I took a tour all over Marburg. We learned about:

St. Elizabeth's Church

Far left: exterior, second from the left: interior, second from the right: carving of St. Elizabeth holding up the church, far right: tombs of knights

St. Elizabeth's church was built in the 13th century. It was created to honor St. Elizabeth (second from the right), a woman who gave up her fortune to give everything to the poor. St. Elizabeth herself is buried there, along with several knights (far right). Tales of St. Elizabeth's kindness and magnificent church prompted many Christian monks to go to Marburg. These monks founded a university that is still functioning to this day. The school continues to provide a major source of income for the city.

The Brothers Grimm

These statues depict the Grimm story of "The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids."

The Brothers Grimm wrote many popular children's fairy tales, such as "Hansel and Gretel," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Snow White," and more. Their home city of Marburg decided to honor them by putting up symbols from their stories, such as the one seen above.

Marburger Schloss

Left: exterior, right: view from castle

Marburger Schloss (Marburg Castle) was built in the 11th century. Many great historical events happened here, such as some of the great debates of the Reformation. Today, the castle is used as a museum featuring a mixture of artifacts and art.

Credits:

Created with images by Pexels - "city germany historic center" • vxla - "Feast of Meats" • *Debs* - "Frankfurt" • Wokandapix - "classroom school desks"

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