Today was my first day of Sprachschule (language school). Class began at 8:50, and I had to leave my house around 8:20 to get there on time. It took a little while to catch on to the format of the class but after a while I started learning new words and phrases very efficiently. After class got out at 1, I ate a Falafel-Gemuese Teller with my host dad (falafel/vegetable plate).
Later, I went to my Gymnasium (high school for college bound students), in order to get a stamp so I could buy a Monatskarte (monthly travel card) at a discounted rate. Next, I did Hausaufgaben (homework) on my Dach (roof). The view was amazing and I could see all of Hamburg. I concluded the night with a dinner of squash stuffed peppers and rice.
Photo is the view from my roof
Today, I had my first full day of orientation activities in Washington D. C. for my Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Study Abroad Scholarship. The program is a partnership between the US and German Governments and provides 500+ students a full immersion opportunity in a foreign culture for a year. More information about the program can be found here: http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/
We got to take a group picture at the Lincoln Memorial and then go to the U.S. Department of State for a presentation with an Alumni Coordinator, a German Desk Officer, and a few other people.
After that, we drove to Union Square and we had our meetings with a staffer for our congress representative. My meeting went well, and afterwards, I went to lunch at the National Museum of the American Indian.
Finally, we visited the German Embassy before heading to an Austrian cafe for dinner. I concluded the night by finishing my blog and thinking about the days ahead.