The second week in Berlin has been a fun one already, and we're only halfway through! Before we talk about our excursions, we have to take a minute to say that we have been extremely impressed with our students this session. They are working hard all morning in language class and have still been bringing positivity and fun to the afternoon excursions (with very minimal yawns or complaining). We can't wait to see the progress they make with the language and culture over the course of the program!
On Monday we visited an Atomic shelter built in the 70's and the Story of Berlin Museum, which chronicles Berlin's history from the very beginning. One of my (Katie's) favorite museum exhibits is pictured below. Actual books were used to create this flooring as a memorial to the books burned at Humboldt University here in Berlin during the Nazi regime.
I must say, our students are also doing a great job staying focused through some very long tours! :)
On Tuesday we visited the Spy Museum, which was a new and very interesting one for all of us.
Yesterday (Wednesday) was one of our most 'fun' excursions yet. We went to "The Room" and attempted to unlock clues to escape from culturally authentic rooms. Each group entered a room with a different theme and goal for escape, either capturing a person, a treasure, or escaping from East to West Berlin. Our students loved this experience; Mike and I did, too! It was a lot of fun, culturally entertaining, and a great team builder!
Today we are changing the tone a bit and heading to the Sachsenhausen memorial - a former concentration camp, and tomorrow we head off on an overnight excursion to the coastal town of Greifswald. It has been a joy to watch students develop both their linguistic and cultural proficiency so far! W can't wait to see what happens next!
Katie und Mike