Berlin and Back

Trip Start Nov 10, 2013
Trip End Dec 10, 2013

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Monday, November 25, 2013

This weekend marked the first in many where we started our travels on the weekends. It was pre-planned that all of us visit the historical city of Berlin and learn about the vast history surrounding this beautiful area. The idea of a place being in existance for such a long time is hard to grasp, especially when compared the youth of America. Yet here it was, in the flesh so to speak.   
We arrived rather late and simply went to eat before going to our hostel. As many tourists do, we ate the Hard Rock cafe and ate with our two tour guides and their families. After this we arrived at the hostel, The Happy Bed Hostel to be more precise. No, we did not need Liam Neeson (sp?), we were sound as a pound.

Saturday was the day of walking, where we were shown the vast majority of Berlin in only a few hours. It was absolutely breath-taking. Even moreso was the very foundation of everything in this city. The history behind the Berlin wall, the Fuhrer Bunker, all of it was simply too much to ponder upon as we saw each site. One can read and watch films about these places, but one can never truly imagine the reality until his or her feet tread on the very spot to which this history is rooted.

With a vast amount of history to cover, also comes a vast amount of walking to occur. We indeed covered several hours worth of miles, so many that my shoes (which were quite old to begin with) did not last the trip. It was a great experience, very tiring, though!

To also sum up the week at school, I must say German students are like American students like potato is to potato. (Pronounced differently, but the same.) In my sixth grade class, the students were learning about how endings are different when comparing things (big, bigger, biggest etc.,) well...they had to make circles where they positioned themselves based on this comparison well...suffice it to say, practice makes perfect and they needed practice. They did eventually get it and all went well, but somehow, like back at home, the teacher and I ran out of time in continuing the lesson.

During tutoring, I decided to play Bananagrams with the kiddos and they loved it. They of course tried their best to foil the game by using the smallest words possible, but I, of course, knew this may happen and worked against it, sort of. They did love it and we (Rachel and I) ended by having the students create stories using the words made during the game. Somehow the kids found a way to make a box of the words ten and for, so very clever of them.
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