The First of Many Catch-Up Posts

We’re down to days instead of weeks, auf wiedersehen instead of hallo, and reality instead of whimsical thoughts. As my final week in Berlin begins to come to an end and the start of my official year begins to beam on the horizon, I realize that I have been unfaithful, blog, so I’m making it up to you tonight.

I’ve seen a good amount of the city now, and all I can say is that I’m in love. The architecture, the people, the smells….It’s priceless. When you walk down a street and realize what role it played in history 50 or 70 years ago, you can actually feel the history like a thick cloud everywhere you go that reminds you of the turmoil, struggle, and rebirth this city has been through. It’s so interesting how an old, rustic building exists peacefully across the street from a brand new skyscraper-esque structure. There’s such a balance of old and new here, and I think that’s what makes Berlin special in many ways.

SO. Last week I got the chance to go to a concentration camp. It was crazy. We have all learned about WWII, The Holocaust, and all of the other terrible tragedies that happened way back when, but to actually EXPERIENCE it and walk where prisoners have walked, stand inches from ovens that burned bodies, and stand in a shack that was built for 146 people that ended up holding over 600 people, you gain a whole new perspective; a real perspective. It was truly a very eye-opening experience that really made all of the history lessons I’ve had actually sink in and truly affect me (like it should). If there is one thing that I’ve experienced thus far that triggered the most personal growth, this is it.

Last Saturday night was the Young Euro Classic, and let me just say, I was blown away. Walking up the steps of the Konzerthaus and taking my seat in a Gorgeous, pristine performance hall already gave me the goosebumps, but when the orchestra came in (which was made up of teenagers across Germany) I nearly couldn’t take it. After they played the first note, though, was when I was glad I brought an extra pair of pants. I was COMPLETELY blown away by how majestic a real-life symphony sounds, and teenagers playing at that! Up to that point in my life, I had never had goosebumps for 2 1/2 hours straight. And to top it off, it was a perfect evening with my host family afterwards. Precious.

Sunday was Potsdam Palace. And let’s just say……. gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous .
Did I mention it was gorgeous? Well, it was. windmill here, palace there, another palace over there, a random Chinese Tea House out in the wilderness, and then randomly placed statues all around the property. Soooo wonderful.

So, with all of that, it leads me back to now, now being an awkward stage of mental preparation for change in a daily routine of experiencing new things as I get ready to start packing, all while still trying to take in as much as I can here. It’s amazing, it’s hard, it’s new, and above all things, it’s growth-instilling. As much as I love the city, though, I’m ready to head north. I love Berlin, but I’m ready for a new side of Germany; not just the side that every tourist in the world knows about. That change is only 4 days away, and I can’t wait.  With all of that being said, it’s weird to say that I’m not even a month into my exchange…..it’s going to be one hell of a year.

And with THAT, I bid you all adieu. Later this week I will post my first video blog, so please comment about some things you’d like me to talk about! Oh, and subscribe!

Ciao für jetzt

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