We left Calvin University on a coach bus around 11:40am on Friday. We flew trough the night and ended up in Berlin 17hours and 50 minutes later (elapsed time) at 11:30am local time. The goal was then to find our house and make sure that everyone knew how to take the transit system from downtown back home. For all of us, it was like pulling an all-nighter since most of us did not go to bed until around 9:00 that night. Some of the students were able to sleep on the bus and on both plane rides. Alas, many of us (including me) did not sleep meaning we were awake for around 32 hours.
On Sunday we went to the American Church in Berlin https://www.americanchurchberlin.de/ and then took the S-Bahn (train) to Alexandarplatz for a quick lunch and then walked along the street called “Unter den Linden” visiting the Berliner Dom (as a tourist) and the Brandenburger Tor (Gate). By the time we got through the gate it was time to head back home so we could make it to our first group dinner – wood fired pizza and a beverage.
Today was a typical weekday:
Breakfast from 7:00-8:00, leaving home at 8:00 and commuting by bus to the university (about 45 minutes). We gave the Engineering course and got to talk all about trusses. We had lunch at the Mensa and the students had their first German Class.
It is now about 9:00 at night an many of the students are still working on their homework.
This routine repeats for all class days from Mon-Thur.
L. De Rooy
My decision to go to Germany was an optimistic dive into the unknown. I did not know that this program existed until after attending Calvin. Continue reading “Germany and Budding Growth”
We have arrived safely in the Berlin Airport. We are waiting for our luggage and will make the trip by city bus to home.
When I arrived at Calvin for my first year I talked to several engineers that highly recommend going to Germany if I ever was offered the opportunity, and I also enjoy traveling. So, naturally when I heard about the engineering trip that I could participate in I wanted to go immediately. Continue reading “Blog Entry 1”
I am looking forward to the summer program in Berlin! I hope to gain unique experience studying abroad in Germany.
Continue reading “Q1 The Journey Begins”
During my first year at Calvin, I talked to many engineering students, some of whom had participated in the summer program in Germany. Everyone I talked to told me it was one of the best experiences of their lives. I began to get curious, and after receiving some more information, I signed up.
Continue reading “Blog Entry 1”
This summer has been a great one so far- but its not over yet! Later this morning we’ll be hopping on a bus to Detroit to make our flight this evening. As a red-eye through to Amsterdam, most of us have been staying up late to hopefully (fingers crossed) sleep on the plane, though some still have homework to do….
Continue reading “Second Thoughts”
I have long been interested in Germany. I had several friends in high school who were international students from there. Continue reading “First Thoughts”
I am very excited to go to Germany: it will be my first time out of the USA, I will be studying engineering in the engineering hub of the world, and I will be going through this new experience with many of my friends.
I hope for our class to gain a unique insight into a culture that is very different from ours here in the US.
I believe I will bring my “good looks and charm” in contrast to the “ever-present humor/sarcasm” of another individual.
I pray that everyone in the program is given wisdom, health, and fortitude along with a great time spent over these next couple of weeks.
Welcome to the Calvin Summer Program in Germany 2019 blog
Our class has been meeting on campus for this week and we are ready to go to Germany by bus tomorrow morning.
Actually, we are taking a bus from Calvin to the airport and then a jet from Detroit to Amsterdam and another from Amsterdam to Berlin.
Leonard De Rooy