If you come to Germany, you need to definately visit Berlin.Â Berlin is amazing.Â There is so much history in this city.Â The Berlin Wall, German Parliament, Checkpoint Charlie,Â Holocaust Memorial, DDR Museum were just some of the exciting things we were able to see.Â
Throughout the whole city there is a brick line inidicating where the Wall used to be and you can walk the whole wall if you wanted.Â Walking the Wall will lead to Checkpoint Charlie which is a point along the Wall where certain people were able to cross form East Germany into West Germany.Â
The Holocaust Memorial is a very moving and if you have time there is a sort of musuem under the memorial that cronicals the life of some Jewish families during the Holocaust.Â And not too far away from the Holocaust Memorial is the place where Hitler burned all the literature that could threaten his rule.Â You can actually look down into the old library and see all the empty shelves.Â
The last place we visited was the DDR Musuem.Â When you walk in you are in the old East Germany.Â The musuem has replicas of an apartment, the clothes and fashions, the car the everybody drove, and the toys and cartoons of East Germany.Â It was very interesting to see the how different two parts of the same city were.
So once again, if you come to Germany definately makeÂ of stopping in Berlin.Â Just walking through the city, you can feel the amazing history that took place there.
This past week was the first week of actual school at EBS.Â The classes are generally the same as U of L.Â You go to lectures and take lots of notes, but the difference is that your grade is based solely on one final exam rather than homework and lots of little tests.Â Another difference is the class scheduling.Â All the classes are on different days and different times, so make sure you always check your schedule.Â Other than crazy schedules, the classes are very well organized and all of them have ended exactly on time.Â The professors are also very interesting.Â The provide point of views that differ from the views in North America. Â The one problem with some of the teachers is that it is difficult sometimes to cope with the different accents.Â But overall, I rate EBS as a great school with interesting classes!!
Germany is beautiful, especially where I live.Â My flat is Hattenheim which is about a 15 minute bike ride from EBS.Â The entire town is surrounded by vineyards, wild blackberry bushes and the Rhein River.Â Hattenheim is very small, but very cozy.Â Everyone is really nice and people always greet you with a smile.Â However, most of the locals donâ€™t speak a lot of English so itâ€™s a good idea to know a few German greetings before you come.Â In Hattenheim it is also very popular to ride bikes.Â We are guaranteed to see at least 15 to 20 bike riders every day on the way to school.Â EBS has two campuses, The Schloss and The Burg. Â The Burg campus is really beautiful too.Â The school is surrounded by vineyards and EBS also has their very own wine cellar with a wine tasting club.Â When you first get here though, you have to take an intensive German class and that is located at the Burg campus.Â The classes are really intensive, but they really help in getting around the city.Â Another great thing about the classes are that you meet people from all over the world.Â I have met people from China, Canada, Guatemala, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Sweden, and more.Â And everyone is really nice.Â EBS also plans lots of activities for us during these two weeks.Â They have already taken us to a local winery for dinner, a boat tour around the castle in Radesheim, and next week they are taking us to Frankfurt.Â Thatâ€™s all for now, and I will post later with hopefully some pictures!