I think I shall start with Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the city furthest to the east in France. Directly east of it is Germany. There is a lot of German influence in Strasbourg because of this reason. Some of the oldest houses in France can be found here, and many of them are traditionally German. I did not go with my host family, but rather, some friends of the family. They were very nice, and we s... Read Full Entry
I am in Thionville, France. It is a city of about 45,000 inhabitants (ooo big word!) and is located in the Moselle region (northeast France) which is near Luxembourg and Germany! I have had three host families. I have seen so many wonderous people, places and things so far. If one couldn't guess, I am very happy to be given this opportunity. If all goes well, I will be back in the States in the middle of July! I want to thank my mother, who I hope will check this every day even if I don't post it every day. I love you all and I hope you can feel the joy of France through me! That sounds lame,... full info
The GirlzJust some of us. Everyone but me spoke Spanish in this group! Andrea from Mexico, Valentina from Argentina, Natalia from Mexico, Nora from Mexico and Amy from the USA. :P I love these girls!
CurrywurstThis is SO GOOD. I had lunch with Chris and we ate Currywurst, which is traditionally German. It was oh so good :P
US ConsulateI have no idea why I took a picture, but we were just walking along and I realized that this was the US consulate of Berlin.
MemorialThis is the memorial for the people who died during the years of the imposition of the Berlin Wall. It was a very peaceful place in the middle of the city.
Me at the MemorialCarla stole my camera hahaha! This is me standing in the maze of blocks which represented the tombs of all those killed during the separation of East and West Berlin.
The MazeThe memorial started off with small blocks near the outside and they quickly grew into huge ten foot tall blocks that formed a "maze" of sorts. They were all perfect lines, but when the Rotarians said that we were to meet on the other side, it STILL took us 20 minutes to get organized again.
Checkpoint CharlieThis is the famed Checkpoint Charlie. Unfortunately, its only a giant wall with alot of pictures and text. Across the road there are the signs and an "outpost" for the US Army (its the real thing) where you can take pictures with US soldiers for 1. I decided no picture. I DID however get my passport stamped ;P
One Side...You are entering the American Sector. Carrying weapons off duty forbidden. Obey traffic rules. The sign when entering the American Sector going into West Berlin.
...And the OtherYou are leaving the American Sector. The other side of the sign when going INTO East Berlin.
Free TimeWe were given some free time after Checkpoint Charlie, and we three troublemakers bought some German candy ;P They are tiny green frogs! I love this picture!!
Berlin BeerThis is the beer that we each had one glass of at dinner. It is made only in Berlin. I decided on this night that I'm not really a fan of beer. Wine yes, beer no.
TOO MUCH FOODAfter getting used to the smaller portion sizing in France, this traditionally German meal was WAAAAAY too much for me. I only ate a little little bit.
SchennanigansJust some of the girls having a good time when we were taking a break from walking all day.
CathedralI like this picture. It was a really cool cathedral, but we didnt go inside :(
8XLI took a picture because honestly, I have NEVER seen a store that sells 8XL sizes.
Its the Same All OverLife sized Star Wars characters? Pourquoi pas?!! Found him in a giant shopping center in Berlin.