My Days in Deutschland

For our Spring Break here in Spain, I decided to travel to Germany for one week to visit my good friend, Lina! Lina and I became best friends while we were doing Rotary Youth Exchange in Brazil a couple years back, so you can imagine how exciting this trip was for me. Lina’s family was extremely kind and let me stay in their home with open arms. Within one week I was able to learn some German language, experience German culture, relive some Brazil life, and enjoy delicious food with cold German beverages.

Hamburg

Hamburg

German language sounds so beautiful to me, so I tried to learn as much as possible in such a short time. I managed to learn many words like numbers, days of the week, colors, simple conversation starters, good morning, goodnight, “I am Alyssa” (Ich bin Alyssa), and many others.

My first destination was the city of Hamburg which has breathtaking architecture and friendly, helpful people that can speak English well! Lina and her family live in Brunsbuttel, and they took me to various places: Marne, Heide, Friedrichskoog, and Sylt Island. Every place had it’s own story, like how Heide holds the largest marketplace in Germany! Sylt Island is known to have beautiful beaches where many celebrities visit and also known to be super windy, which was exactly how it was when we visited.

Friedrichskoog muddy beach

Friedrichskoog muddy beach

Lina rides horses so one day she took me to her friend’s stable to ride. There was also three Brazilian girls there, and we all learned how to ride that day. By the end, we discovered that one girl is studying in the same city I’m doing my internship, in Valladolid! It’s a small world after all.

Riding horses with friends!

Riding horses with friends!

Ironically I spent my 21st birthday in Germany, and I truly had a memorable experience. When I walked downstairs first thing in the morning, the family was awaiting me and sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to me while I blew out candles. We all ate a huge, delicious breakfast followed by presents and cake. My birthday was also on Easter this year so we went for an Easter egg hunt afterwards! I wasn’t expecting any of this so I was so surprised and thankful for all Lina’s family did for me. It was a birthday I’ll never forget.

Steinfeld Family

Steinfeld Family

 

I’ll also never forget the beer and food! I had the pleasure to try many different types of local beer. I tried  lamb for my first time and I also helped make Schnitzel, which is a breaded pork with a special gravy sauce, typical German. Haribo gummies and Kinder chocolate are also popular in Germany. I could not keep my hands off the mouthwatering sweets!

In all, I enjoyed seeing my friend Lina again and learning about her culture. I am positive that I will be returning again some day. Germany has stole my heart.

About the author

Alyssa Crespo

My name is Alyssa Crespo. I grew up in a little town called Fredonia, New York, and have lived there my whole life. I am 20 years old, and I’m currently still living with my family which entails my mother (Kate), my father (Jamie), and my two brothers (Forest and Sean). My major is the Social Sciences, but I still have yet to figure out what I will be doing with my Associates degree and what I will be doing afterwards for college. Spring semester of 2016 I will be doing the International Internship in Valladolid, Spain. I absolutely love learning new things every day, and I’m very passionate about what I do. I enjoy reading a lot. I also love to hula hoop dance and do yoga every day. I have my own henna business; henna is a temporary and natural tattoo, an art mainly practiced in the Middle East. I’m very interested in languages. I went on exchange in Brazil for a year and I became fluent in Portuguese. I learned Spanish in high school for four years, and I’m currently taking a sign language class which I absolutely love, so I’m also considering going into language for my education major. Food is my best friend. When I was younger, I was very picky. Since I’ve been to Brazil, I had to be polite and try everything people put in front of me; therefore, I learned to love a variety of foods and try new things. I cannot wait to see what Spain has in store for me. I am beyond excited to go on another adventure, share my culture, and learn about Spain!