Friday, September 10, 2010

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

Part of the CBYX scholarship was to spend a couple days in Washington D.C. before we leave for Germany. Its basically a short orientation to get us ready for the next year. We go to one of the meeting rooms of the hotel and they give us lectures on German culture, how to fit in, and what rules we have to follow. The first day (Tuesday) was kind of pointless, we just sat around and waited for everyone to arrive. After that we had dinner and got to know our small groups. We all watched the movie Goodbye Lenin. It was a good movie but it stopped working at the end so we missed how it ended.

Yesterday we met with our Congressional Representatives but mine was on summer recess. I met with one of his staffers. She was pretty cool. She offered to give us a tour of the Capitol but we didn't have time to go. We also met with the department of state to talk about what it means to be an exchange student and future careers in foreign diplomacy. We went to the German embassy which was by far the best part of the day. The lady giving us the tour was a CBYX student a few years ago. It was cool because she gave us the best advice and told us some good hints. Another good part of the day was dinner. We went to a German restaurant and I had schnitzel. It was so good.

Today was the most boring day. We sat in the meeting room all day and learned about pointless stuff like journaling from abroad. The only good parts about today was the evening. We had a CBYX student from Germany that came a few years ago and now lives here come talk to us. He gave us good advice about the cultural differences between Germany and the USA. He gave us advice on the different mannerisms and the specific characteristics of a "typical" German. Then we had dinner. Since today was Eid as well as Rosh Hashanah we had the normal (and delicious) food that we normally have but we also had the typical festival food for both of those holidays.

Tomorrow we fly to Germany. I am pretty excited but I am definitely ready to go.


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