I spent the summer living and working in Kaiserslautern, Germany and adventuring around Europe in my free time. When I came to Germany, I had these grand visions of learning German and having all of these German friends. Well, if that’s my goal… I failed. I lived and worked in Germany for the whole summer and barely learned any German. I could count the number of German people I know on one hand, easily.
But I don’t think I could look at this summer and call it a failure. It’s quite the opposite, in fact. I don’t know German, but I’ve learned so much about German culture. I only know a handful of Germans, but instead I’ve gotten to know really cool people from all over the world. My flat mates were from Croatia, Pakistan, Greece, and Canada. I made friends with people from all over the place: Turkey, Iran, Nigeria, Madagascar, Netherlands, UK, China, India, Russia, Spain, Switzerland.. even a few Germans. My understanding of world politics and cultures expanded immensely. I think it’s a really unique opportunity to mix so many open-minded people in one place. I could ask a lot of questions, I got asked many questions. Overall, though, I have the same opinion I’ve been forming for a while: people are people. We come from different cultures and backgrounds, but at the end of the day, we’re way more alike than it first may seem.
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