Nora Alsum

My name is Nora. I am in eight grade. On April 13, I will be traveling to Germany for sixteen days along with some of my classmates. I will be staying with Jana Ludwig, who stayed with me in February.

Me and Jana sitting by a ice sculpture after a long day of shopping in Madison.

Our plane ride was so long and it seemed to take days, but we are finally here. So far, Jana has taken me to a grocery store, an Easter fire, a wild animal zoo, had me try bratwurst and schnitzel, church, and make Easter eggs. At the grocery store, it was very similar to an American store, but with less selection. Because it was the day of the Easter fire, the line went from the front of the grocery store to the back. We waited in line for over half an hour. The Easter fire is a German Easter tradition where the start a huge fire to Denver the resurrection of Christ. At the zoo, we saw wild boars, otters, fox, wolfs, eagles, and many more. There was also an eagle show at the zoo. A man would stand near a cliff, and eagles would soar inches over your head to grab the food from the man. Some of the eagles were trained from the zoo, while others were wild and would just come for the food. There was also an owl. The new foods that I tried were good. The schnitzel was a lot like fried chicken and bratwurst is like a brat, but better. We also went to church and it was at most ten pews and maybe fifteen people. Finally, we dyed the Easter eggs, and my host mom hide them and a lot of chocolate around their house for us and Jana's siblings to find.

At the zoo and the eagle show

First bratwurst

Host family

Egg decorating

I have now been here for five days. Recently, we have went to a museum. There were all kinds of fun things to do. After that we went to a German bowling game. It was almost the same as bowling, but the lanes were very small and the balls didn't have holes.

German bowling game

I went to school for the first time today. It was great. Unlike in American schools, there is no school bus. We had to walk a long to get to the public bus stop, and on the walk home it was very hilly. At school there are around 27 building. Three gyms, two cafeterias, A few round abouts, and sports courts. Between classes we have to walk a long way to get to the next building. In this school, school starts around 8:15 and then you have 45 minutes of class. Then you have five minute break and return to the same class for 45 more minutes. Then you have a fifteen minute break and go to a different classroom, for a different class. It is the same cycle three times during the day. We end school at 1:30 and wait for the public bus.

On my second day of school, I traveled with the rest of the Americans to Marburg. Marburg is a beautiful city in Hesse, Germany. It is one of the only cities not destroyed in World War Two. Some of the places we visited were the Elizabeth's church, a castle, and the towns square. It was all amazing and had so much history. For example the Elizabeth's church is made because of Saint Elizabeth was such an inspiration in her life that they built a church in honor of her. She gave up her wealth to live among and help those poor in Marburg. She was very good at her job. Now, Elizabeth's picture is all over Marburg, but she is always holding the church on her hand. Next, we walked across the town to the towns square. I also had a picture of Elizabeth. The buildings around it were all framed with wood. Finally, we made our journey to the castle. It was a long walk and then many stairs, but there were cool things from Brother's Grimm on the way up. When we finally got to the top, it was a beautiful view, even if there was a little snow. We walked around the castle and then headed back to the trained station, where we all got McDonald's. It was hilarious because seventeen Americans walk in and we tried to order food in English. Although it worked out fine it was quite the expirence. I still can't believe I am here, but it is truly a great experience and I am enjoying it so much.

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